40th annual Chicken 'N Stuff benefit is held

June 10, 2003|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Roger Tappen and Bob Wollyung were leaning over a large pan of chicken quarters Monday, pushing meat thermometers into the breasts and thighs to ensure they were properly cooked for hundreds of people who would be ordering later in the day.

"This isn't done," Tappen, a caterer by trade, said as he checked the temperature on a breast. He and Wollyung shuffled pieces around, taking some off the pan and putting the rest back for the finishing touches.

The lunch rush was over, but the dinner crowd had yet to show up for the 40th annual Chicken 'N Stuff fund-raiser.


Since 1963, the Knights of Columbus and the Chambersburg Rotary Club have served up tens of thousands of chicken dinners to raise money to benefit Easter Seals. Sam Miller, the co-chairman of the event along with Wollyung and Diane Fusting, said he expected the event to clear between $7,000 and $9,000 to benefit the charity.

"We had more carryouts, but less deliveries" than last year, Miller remarked after lunch. He added that "the dinner crowd is always larger than the lunch."

There also were people dining in the cafeteria of Chambersburg Area Middle School, where a crew of 75 Rotarian and Knights of Columbus volunteers were cooking, serving, delivering and cleaning up.

Two things that were different this year were the time and place. Chicken 'N Stuff usually is held the Monday after Easter, but the prolific snows of the past winter meant the school was in session that day to make up for snow days.

The cooking also is usually done at Chambersburg Area Senior High School, but a multimillion dollar renovation began Saturday.

"I'm not sure if it started out as a chicken. Was it a spaghetti dinner?" wondered Bill Reagan, a Rotary Club member who has been volunteering at the event for about 25 years.

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