Cookin’ Men Event Raises a Record Amount of Funds For The Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health

October 28, 2019


Evangelical Community Hospital held its annual breast cancer awareness event, Cookin’ Men, on Thursday, October 24, 2019, at the Rusty Rail Brewing Company in Mifflinburg, Pa. The event brings together local celebrity men who create culinary delights for people to enjoy while raising funds to support the Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health.

The event was a huge success, with a crowd of 500 attendees and volunteers coming out to taste the 29 different delicious creations of this year’s 26 celebrity male chefs/chef teams. Tickets for the popular event sold-out in just one day.

In total, the event raised over $51,000, the highest since the event began nine years ago, for the Center for Breast Health with donations still being accepted through Friday, November 1, 2019, at www.evanhospital.com/cookinmen. The Center for Breast Health will be using the funds to provide financial assistance to women in the area who are un- or under-insured and need breast cancer screenings.

Pushing the fundraising over the top this year was the competitive drive toward being named Top Chef, which awarded the winner the coveted Pink Whisk Award and the premiere cooking station at the event. The contest, which challenged each chef to individually garner the most donations for the Center for Breast Health, ended at noon the day of the event.

Declared Top Chef were the team of Chris Peifer and Micah Miner of Susquehanna Valley Limousine and National Beef, who raised $4,135 by the deadline. Peifer and Miner served the crowd Kansas City Burnt Ends—a brisket point spiced with seasonings, BBQ sauce, and brown sugar.

Other top fundraisers included Eric John of Ritz-Craft Corporation of PA and Rusty Rail Brewing Company; Dale Moyer of Evangelical Community Hospital; Timm Moyer and Jared Frank of MoJo Active, Inc.; John Turner, MD, of Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health; Shaun Smith of Albright Care Services; and Tom Sokola and Tom Weir from Geisinger, who all exceeded their goal of raising at least $1,000 individually.

“We are so grateful for events like these that help women in need stay on top of their breast screenings,” said Andrea Bertram, Operational Director of Women’s Health and Cancer Services. “It is through the generous support of others, that we can make it possible for women to make their breast health a priority. When we are able to diagnose breast cancer early, we are able to help our patients achieve high cure rates and walk with them through survivorship.”

This year’s event presented dishes ranging from appetizers, to entrees, to desserts and was generously sponsored by Weis Markets; Geisinger; Baker Tilly; Prudential; and Remmey-The Pallet Company.

Attendees also voted for their favorite dish by sampling all of the options and casting their vote. Chris Peifer and Micah Miner of Susquehanna Valley Limousine and National Beef and David Rowe of CrossFit Lewisburg tied for favorite dish with their offerings of Kansas City Burnt Ends and Cheddar Peach BBQ Brisket Sliders. Another award was given to the chef or chef team who were deemed the most festive with table decorations representing pink enthusiasm through their use of flair. Ken Jusko, DO, of Quantum Imaging and Therapeutic Associates, Inc. was given the honor for serving his Chicken with Mango Chutney at a fully transformed station backlit by pink lights, pink pumpkins and flowers, and hundreds of balloons, including a breast cancer ribbon balloon sculpture.

The Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health at Evangelical has a dedicated team of specialists who provide comprehensive care including screenings, diagnosis, and treatment for women. The care doesn’t stop there, after diagnosis the Center offers survivors support through clinics, programs, and one-on-one attention with professionals trained to understand the psychological, physical, emotional, and social effects of a cancer diagnosis.

For more information about the Center for Breast Health and the services available, call 570-522-4200.

Photos of the event are available on Evangelical Community Hospital’s Facebook page and also at www.evanhospital.com/cookinmen.

 

Photo 1: Celebrity chefs Chris Peifer and Micah Miner, Susquehanna Valley Limousine/National Beef were awarded the “pink whisk” award and the premiere cooking station at Evangelical’s Cookin’ Men event for raising $4,135 through individual sponsorships to support The Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health. Their efforts declared them TOP CHEF for the night and will support patients who are uninsured or underinsured in being able to get their breast screenings.

Photo 2: For the first time ever, attendees voted for their favorite dish of the night and the results were a tie. Chris Peifer and Micah Miner of Susquehanna Valley Limousine/National Beef and David Rowe of CrossFit Lewisburg, with his sous chef Becky Palm, tied for favorite dish with their offerings of Kansas City Burnt Ends and Cheddar Peach BBQ Brisket Sliders.

Photo 3: Kenneth Jusko, DO, Quantum Imaging & Therapeutic Associates and Evangelical Community Hospital, pictured with his wife, Corey, was given the honor of best use of pink flair at their serving station for their creative use of light, decorations, and background

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