WAYNESBORO, Pa. - For much of the last 20 years Roger and Patti Tappen have cared for Nathan, their 21-year-old severely retarded son. They say he functions like a 2-month-old baby.
Their greatest salvation, Patti Tappen said, comes from free baby-sitting services provided by the Franklin/Fulton Association of Retarded Citizens. Without the service the Tappens and other area families like theirs could not leave their homes.
Hoping to repay ARC for its help over the years, Roger Tappen, a professional chef, has organized a fund-raising dinner to be held today from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the AMVETS pavilion at 750 Fifth Ave. in Chambersburg, Pa. Tickets are $12. He hopes to raise $5,000.
Tappen, a local food columnist and cookbook author, also teaches cooking at the Franklin County Career and Technology Center. He and Michael Mahr, executive chef for Grove Worldwide, have invited eight area chefs to help them put on the barbecue and do cooking demonstrations throughout the day.