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12 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4 - THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2012 Cape Gazette Saltwater Portrait )) Lewes resident volunteers to help neighbors in need By Nick Roth not let her condition hold her nick@capegazette.com back was inspiring. "She was just so determined Paula Tolmie Pepper knows and unselfish beyond belief," she the charitable nature of the Cape said. "You could come home, and community well. she would've changed all the fur- As a lifelong resident of the niture around with one arm." area, Pepper has always been will- The condition is hereditary and ing to lend a helping hand to Pepper also has suffered those in need, and the community aneurysms during her life. happily returned the favor. "I'm lucky to be here," she said. When Pepper was in the midst During the tough times, she of health issues in 1987, the Cape said, is when she learned the corn- community rallied to raisemunity's true colors. $10,000 for her and her family to "The locals threw a benefit for cover expenses. It's an act she will me at the DeBraak Inn and raised never forget. $10,000 in four days," she said. "I want to pay it forward," she "The local businesses are just so said. 'Anything that really catches giving. The bartenders were giv- me, I'll volunteer. I just never had ing up their tips in Dewey Beach the time to do it because it's work, for me." work, work, work" Pepper has a long relationship Now that she has time, she'sea- with restaurant owners of Dewey gertohelp. Beach. She said she's known "If I really believe in the cause, Dewey Beach Enterprises partner it's 100 percent," she said. ]im Baurle since he was a janitor Pepper has been at the fore- at the Bottle & Cork more than 30 front of a number of fundraisers years ago. Now, she works part- and benefits for ailing Cape Re- time for Baurle and Dave Rommel gion residents. In September, she as the breakfast manager at the worked with Michael Daisey to Captain's Table on the Forgotten organize a benefit for Lewes mu- Mile, north of Dewey Beach. sician Linde Bakke. The event, The food service industry is in which raised about $16,000, Pepper's blood. She started work- helped cover expenses associated ing at her parents' Carmen's Sub with Bakke's fight against cancer. Shop on Front Street at 14 years Unfortunately, Bakke lost that bat- old. After her mother died, she fie in October. said, the family sold the business pepper said she gets her chaff- and then the building a few years table mentality from her mother, later. She said friends and neigh- lulia, who suffered cerebral bors still comment about the old aneurysms that paralyzed the left sub shop. side of her body. She said watch- "lust the other day I saw I guy I ing her mother's deth'mination to grew up with in Lewes who said PAULA TOLMIE PEPPER volunteers her time and organize a benefit for Lewes musician Linde Bakke, which raised about $16,000. NiCK ROTH PHOTO services to help those in the community in need. In September, she helped there hasn't been a sub since," she to the Lighthouse restaurant in "He just kind of wants to so- said. ' dl the locals really know a Lewes, now known as The cialize now," she said. lot about that." Wharf. She also spent several The Peppers' cannon with the The Tolmies renovated the years working as a banquet man- new owners finished fourth at floors above the sub shop and ager at Delaware Technical Com- this year's event with a shot 3,745 moved into what Pepper de- munity College, where she organ- feet. Pepper was also a member scribes as her mom's dream ized countless black-tie events, of the former all-women team house when she was 7 years old. She said the Delaware Tech job is Chunkin' For The Cure, which On New Years Eve 1970, she said, what's helped her become so finished fourth in 2011 and sec- she vividly remembers a fire that adept at organizing benefits in ond in 2009 and 2010 in the adult swept through the downtown the community. More recently, female air division. The all-fe- area, damaging many homes and Pepper was a manager at Books male team was right up Pepper's businesses, and Coffee in the Ruddertowne alley, as it raised money and "My father worked for Lou complex and worked with Mary awareness for breast cancer re- Ianire as a bartender, and I re- Beth Furjanic during events at search. member calling down there and the Baycenter. She also spent Pepper said she's actively seek- saying, 'The house is on fire,"' she some time working for her friend ing more charitable work and said. "It was New Year's Eve. He Dave Kergaard at Club Fitness in hopes to work with Delaware came running up, and we had to Rehoboth Beach. Hospice and its Festival of Trees. evacuate. I felt like I was in the She is married to Don "Doc" After the support she received Wizard of Oz." Pepper, one of the founders of from the community during her Since the sub shop days, she Punkin Chunkin. She said this tough times, she said, she'll always said, she's spent her working life year was the first time she's ever be supportive of her neighbors. bouncing around at numerous missed the event. While they sold "Everybody just pulls together restaurants. For 16 years, she their air cannon Smokin' three for their friends," she said. "It's worked for Chip Hearn at the years ago, Pepper said, her hus- iust amazing. You respect people Country Squire, then moved on band is still on the front lines, who respect you back." J CAPE'S CLASS OF 1987 HOLDS 2S-YEAR REUNION 'Year Class Reu"on CAPE HENLOPEN HIGH SCHOOL's class of 1987 celebrated its 25-year re- union Nov. 24 at Irish Eyes in Lewes. Shown here are the 80-plus attendees and spouses as they'gather for a group photo. SUBMITTED PHOTO