Cookin’ Men event raises funds for the Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health

MIFFLINBURG — Evangelical Community Hospital recently held its sixth annual breast cancer awareness event, Cookin’ Men, Oct. 20, in the newly expanded event space of Rusty Rail Brewing Co. The event brought 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 success, breaking all past event numbers, with a sold out crowd of 450 attendees and volunteers coming out to taste the 30 different delicious creations of this year’s 26 celebrity male chefs/chef teams.

In total, the event raised more than approximately $44,000 for the Center for Breast Health, the highest amount ever raised at the event. The Center for Breast Health offers screenings, financial support for women needing mammograms who are uninsured or underinsured, navigation services for those diagnosed with breast cancer and survivorship programming.

This year included a pre-event donate for your favorite chef contest. Steve Kline, of the San Francisco Giants organization, won the contest, individually raising $4,527 to support the cause. Each chef was tasked with trying to raise at least $1,000 before the start of the event. As the winner, Kline was given the premiere cooking station at the event where he served spicy buffalo dip on a French baguette, kielbasa and turkey meatballs and lemon curd topped blueberry cheesecake and was awarded the “pink whisk” plaque to honor his efforts.

In addition to the pre-event contest, attendees voted for their favorite dish by sampling all of the options and casting their vote. David and John Rowe, of CrossFit Lewisburg, won favorite dish with their offering of mole braised chicken tacos with habanero salsa and cilantro lime slaw. 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. Jason Ufema of Rich Coast Coffee & Tea was given the honor for his pink island-themed decor displaying his Jamaican-style shrimp salad cups.

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

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