Pancake breakfast helps fire victims

Posted: Friday, November 30, 2001

Resurrection Lutheran Church is flipping flapjacks from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Dec. 9, at the church, 740 W. 10th Street. The pancake breakfast will benefit Otto and Verma Whitfield, whose residence on Long Run Drive burned Oct. 30. Damage to the garage and to the interior of the house was estimated at $150,000 by the fire marshal.

"The Whitfields are not part of our congregation," said The Rev. Paul Beran, "but we are holding this benefit, and donations will be accepted."

The Whitfields are hesitant to ask for help, but Ed Nygard, who has known them for 30 years, said that they are "just nice folks."

The pancake feed is "a friendship gesture, because no matter how much insurance you have, some things you lose can't be replaced by insurance personal items and so forth," Nygard said. "There is lots of smoke damage," he added.

The Whitfields are both retired from full-time employment. Otto Whitfield worked for federal agencies and then for the University of Alaska Southeast as a purchasing agent. Since his semi-retirement, he has worked part-time as a car salesman for Mendenhall Auto Center and Lewis Motors. Before her retirement, Verma Whitfield worked for the U.S. Postal Service downtown and in Douglas.

For details, call the Rev. Paul Beran at 586-2380.

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