Donut Day Tomorrow
Bakeries throughout Greater Cincinnati will mark National Donut Day by giving away donuts, sponsoring donut themed games, and collecting donations for The Salvation Army at noon on Fountain Square.
National Donut Day was created in1938 by The Salvation Army as a depression-era outreach. Today it pays tribute to The Salvation Army volunteers who prepared donuts for thousands of soldiers during World War I.
Presented for the fifth year by the Greater Cincinnati Retail Bakers Association, the National Donut Day celebration is sponsored this year by BakeMark, Dawn Foods and Paper Products Company. Students and staff from the Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State will also be on hand to help out.
Co-emcees Marilyn Harris (700WLW) and Dennis Smith, president of Paper Products Co., will provide commentary as teams of local celebrities vie for the title of “Champion Donut Handler” currently held by last year’s winner John Cranley, now Cincinnati’s mayor.
“Once again, The Salvation Army is delighted to celebrate National Donut Day through the support and coordination of the Greater Cincinnati Retail Bakers Association and key sponsors,” said Matt Pearce, Development Director for The Salvation Army. “Donut Day reflects well upon the heritage of service that marks the mission of The Salvation Army, which has been serving the local community since 1885.
“I extend our sincere thanks to BakeMark, Dawn Foods and Paper Products Co. for their financial contribution, and I encourage the community to go buy donuts to support all the wonderful bakeries involved.”
- Bonnie Lynn Bakery
- Bonomini Bakery
- Busken Bakery
- D.J. Bakery
- Dunkin Donuts
- Graeter’s Bakery
- Harrison Home Bakery
- Holtman’s Donut Shop
- Jansen’s Sweet Sinsations
- Midwest Culinary Institute
- North College Hill Bakery
- Pink in a Blanket
- Regina Bakery
- Schmidt’s Bakery
- Servatii Pastry Shop
- Wyoming Pastry Shop.
Several special guests will join the celebrities this year: Olympian Nick Goepper, Bronze medalist at Sochi this winter; “Mr. Paczki” Carl Richardson;, and the Herbert Brothers (Dave, Pete, Josh, Joe and Matt), winners of the 2009 Doritos Crash the Super Bowl ad contest.
The rest of the celebrities and their affiliations:
- Gus McMullen, Cincinnati Fire Department
- Judge Sylvia Hendon, Hamilton County Court of Appeals
- Vice-Mayor David Mann, City of Cincinnati
- J.D. Hughes, Warm 98, Cumulus Radio
- John Link, Mayor of Edgewood, KY
- Big Dave, B105, Hubbard Interactive
- Judge John Williams, Hamilton County Juvenile Court
- Bud Stross, WYGY, Hubbard Interactive
- Frank Marzullo, Meteorologist, Fox 19 News
- Judge Pat Dinkelacker, Hamilton County Court of Appeals
- Paul Broxterman, Cincinnati Police Dept.
- Wendy Walker, WGRR 103.5, Cumulus Radio
- Mona Morrow, Community Affairs Director, WCPO 9 On Your Side
Paper Products Co. President Dennis Smith, a parishioner of St. Antoninus Church in Delhi/Cincinnati, talked to The Catholic Beat at last year’s event.
“The Salvation Army is a great organization,” he said. “Whenever there are natural disasters, when you’ve got chaos everywhere, you see the Salvation Army bringing order.”
The National Donut Day celebration on Fountain Square begins at noon and ends whenever the donuts run out. Red kettles will be on hand to take donations. For more information, see www.salvationarmycincinnati.org.
For our story on last year’s National Donut Day, click here.
Photos courtesy The Salvation Army, Southwest Ohio-Northeast Kentucky Division.
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