By Jim Thomas
CANTON — Business slowed down after lunch Friday afternoon, but Melissa Lewandowski and her cohorts were on a mission at the Stark County Fairgrounds.
Lewandowski was in charge of the “Corn for a Cause” booth at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Ribs Burnoff, selling roasted ears that Maize Valley Market and Winery donated to help provide a home away from home for wounded veterans and their families.
All of the profits from the $3 ears of corn go to the Cincinnati-based Fisher House. “When soldiers come back and they’re wounded, they house the families closer to the hospitals,” Lewandowski said.
The organization also helps with prosthetic limbs, finding physician help for those who need it and also helping to pay for the limbs, she said.
Lewandowski said she was told a Fisher House was being built in Cleveland to help the families of veterans in that area.
She said the corn’s outside husks are shucked and then they’re soaked in water before they are cooked in a roaster. There’s butter, of course, along with salt, pepper and lemon pepper for flavor.
“It’s been really good,” Lewandowski said. “We’ve probably gotten as many donation as sales of corn.”
The Cincinnati Fisher House has provided a home away from home for seriously ill or wounded veterans and their families receiving treatment at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center since 2001.
The facility helps more than 1,000 guests every year with complimentary meals and lodging, to relieve the financial hardship and physical discomfort from extended medical stays away from home.
Maize Valley, located in Marlboro Township, also donated its equipment for the booth.