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Dunkin’ honors teen for ‘dough’ she raised to give to For Pete’s Sake


Special to The Press

Helena Mercatelli, 15, of Orefield, was the recipient of a special outdoor celebration at her home May 19.

Sponsored by Dunkin’ of Greater Philadelphia, the reason for the celebration was Helena’s efforts in raising more than $1,000 for the For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation.

For Pete’s Sake provides respite services to cancer patients and their families in a safe and secure environment.

Helena, her late father, Steve, a cancer patient, who died in 2019, and her family were treated in 2017 to a trip to Walt Disney World, Fla.

Helena’s fundraiser were “Whiptastic Sugar Scrubs” which she made and sold to family, friends and online via Etsy raising the money to donate to For Pete’s Sake.

Dunkin’ Donuts Community Cruiser was on hand to give out iced coffee treats and doughnuts.

Zander Blickey, Hudson Fritz, Helena Mercatelli and Ryan Englebert in front of the Dunkin' Donuts Community Cruiser celebrating Helena's donation of $1,000 to the For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation.
PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELAND Dunkin' Donuts Community Cruiser operator Joel Knecht gives flavored ice coffee to Amanda Brown and Mariah Thomas at the home of Helena Mercatelli on May 19.
Joshua and Olivia Wyun, Zander Blickey, Mariah Thomas, Hudson Fritz, Helena Mercatelli, Ryan Englebert and Amanda Brown enjoy treats from Dunkin Donuts May 19 at Helena's home.
Helena Mercatelli with her donation check of $1,093 for the For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation.
Peggy and Helena Mercatelli join For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation Outreach Coordinator Alisa Tammaro in front of the Dunkin Donuts Community Cruiser. Steve Mercatelli died from cancer in 2019.