Baked with love

Students showing support for Disabled American Veterans with icing on the cake

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Among the Warren County Career Center Culinary Arts Program students who are preparing almost 200 cupcakes for the Disabled American Veterans turkey party — and presented a sample to DAV President Dick McCorrison, center — were, from left, Rheanne Confer, Hannah Johnson, Aubree Burns, Tommy Harrington, Paul Rogers, and Mikaala Deppen. The DAV Turkey Party is from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Eagles Club.

Students in the Warren County Career Center Culinary Arts program are doing their part to help raise money for Disabled American Veterans.

With cupcakes.

At the DAV Turkey Party from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Eagles Club, dessert will be cupcakes made at the career center.

Baking and decorating are valid parts of the curriculum. In addition to being an educationally appropriate use of the students’ time, creating goods and sharing them for the benefit of the veterans community develops a sense of community, giving back, and helping other people, Teacher Clint Salapek said.

It’s also possible that some of the students could pursue military service in their futures, he said.

“My dad’s a veteran,” Salapek said. “Anything we can do to support the veterans — for all they’ve sacrificed for us — is great.”

“It means a lot to us,” DAV President Dick McCorrison said. “We appreciate them taking their time to help out the veterans. It’s humbling that kids will think about taking care of veterans.”

The DAV events have been put on for “many, many years,” he said. “They’ve supported us all these years.”

The turkey party benefits DAV events throughout the year and is one of its significant fund-raisers, McCorrison said. “That helps us with our transportation program, maintaining an office at the Warren State Hospital, and programs where we bring veterans from the Soldiers and Sailors Home in Erie and Warren State Hospital to our building in Sheffield.”

Those events provide veterans who spend a great deal of their time in those facilities a chance to get out, enjoy some camaraderie with fellow veterans, and go fishing.

Volunteers from the Safari Club have provided donated gifts to the veterans at those gatherings. “The volunteers are so fantastic,” McCorrison said. “They make sure every veteran gets something. They keep calling numbers until everybody goes.”

At the turkey party, a $5 ticket available at the Eagles Club entitles people to food — including a cupcake — and a chance to win “a freezer stuffed with half a beef,” McCorrison said. Only those 18 and older may attend the turkey party.