February 4, 2013, Story By Phil Bertoni, Slideshow By Phil Bertoni and Mike Fak, Hundreds of friends, neighbors and well-wishers from Chestnut, Mt. Pulaski, Beason and other surrounding towns enjoyed a delicious brunch benefit-fundraiser to help Mt. Pulaski's Dave and Cynthia Stauffer family contend with the expenses of on-going T-cell lymphoma treatments for their 7 yr. old Michael. His prognosis has been reported to be excellent if he undergoes all the treatments at their regularly scheduled appointment times during the next several years. The slideshow is presented By ME Realty.
The very delicious help-yourself selections included: pancakes, sausage, bacon, egg caserole, fried chicken, mashed potatos and gravy, whole corn, green beans, fresh strawberries and a California fruit salad - complete with a yummy assortments of desserts.
The Chestnut Fire and EMS provided the plastic and papergoods as well as assisted in the set-up, serving and clean-up. The Bank of Chestnut provided the Fried Chicken, Mary Hamilton helped with the bacon and sausage, Jo Richner provided the fruit and Daren Stoll provided the milk and juice supplies. Chestnut Family Restaurant owner and operator Cesar Andrade also received a big assist from local resident Michelle Hagenbuch, who coordinated the effort.
Cesar's daughter, Lupita, is a classmate with Michael at the Mt. Pulaski Zion Lutheran Church School. Cesar moved quickly to hold this benefit in his very popular restaurant because he said, "It is the right thing to do".