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Latke sales to benefit PACF Fund

PARKERSBURG — Doug Kreinik will once again be cooking latkes (fried potato pancakes) for a good cause from 8:30 to 11 a.m. today at the Crystal Cafe, 402 Market St. in Parkersburg.

Last year, Kreinik and his assistants made 400 latkes at the Crystal. Latkes are a dish garnished with either sour cream or applesauce usually made during the holiday of Hanukkah, he said.

This is the ninth year Kreinik will be making potato latkes at the Crystal to help various charities. Last year he raised $500 for the Avery Street Historical Association.

This year, he will raise money for the Charles Austin Kreinik Fund through the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation to help in suicide prevention, grief counseling and drug addiction recovery programs.

Between 8:30-11 a.m., Kreinik and his friends will cook, prepare, clean tables, and help wash dishes at the downtown Parkersburg restaurant. Jeremy Bungard is the sous-chef. Marcia Westfall, Kim Kramer and Nancy Cordonier help in the Crystal during this once-a-year event, Kreinik said.

Kreinik has been raising money through taking a portion of the profits from his special shoelaces produced at Kreinik Manufacturing Co. in Parkersburg and giving to the memorial fund at PACF.

Take-out orders will be available.

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