The month of October serves as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Pleasant Valley Hospital held their annual Cookin’ Up A Cure baking challenge on Friday to raise money for local breast cancer patients.
According to Amy Leach, director of marketing and public relations at PVH, there were 55 entries in the challenge. Those participating competed in pie, cookie, cake and miscellaneous categories. Entries were judged by various members of the community. Following the judging, all entries were sold in a bake sale with proceeds going toward the purchase of gas cards for breast cancer patients who travel to the hospital for treatment, such as chemotherapy.
Point Pleasant Mayor Brian Billings served as a judge for the pie category and described the baking challenge as a good event for the community.
“(Cookin’ Up A Cure) is just a wonderful thing that the hospital and Amy Leach coordinate each year to help those who have breast cancer and are in need to purchase gas cards,” Billings said. “This is just an excellent event — the hospital is an asset to the community.”
Leach said that Cookin’ Up A Cure continues to grow each year.
“Everything went according to plan and the people here are amateur cooks who went above and beyond the call of duty. So many peoples’ lives have been affected by breast cancer... The baking challenge is a little way that we can make a difference locally,” she added.
Kourtney Long, who works in the pharmacy at PVH, has participated in the baking challenge for three years. She won prizes for her three pies and cake that she entered in Friday’s contest. However, Long said that she doesn’t compete to win, but participates because of the cause.
“I think it’s great that the money goes for a great cause,” she said.
In the pie category the following contestants placed: Barbara Boles, sixth; Kourtney Long, fifth, second and first; Ernestine Whittington, fourth; and Naomi Cremeans, third. Placing in the cookie category were Sue Smith, sixth; Mary Tompkins, fifth; Judy Darst, fourth; James Marshall, third; Naomi Cremeans, second; and J. Cook, first. Winning in the miscellaneous category were Kate Tawney, sixth; Violet Painter, fifth; Naomi Cremeans, fourth; Mona Leach, third; Marilyn Higginbotham, second; and James Marshall, first.
According to Leach, the cake category had the most entries. Taking home prizes for their cakes were Judy Darst, sixth; Kourtney Long, fifth; Carleen Bailes, fourth; Michael Leach, third; Judy Darst, second; and Sue Smith, first.