Giant Eagle employees honor late cake decorator with classes

SALEM – Giant Eagle employees paid tribute to the bakery department’s late head cake decorator with decorating classes at Emmanuel Lutheran Church Sunday afternoon.

The workers held the Cakes Against Cancer in memory of Pat Lederman who lost a battle with cancer. Proceeds from the event will go toward the American Cancer Society and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“[Pam] was a really amazing person,” said cake decorator and class leader Kim Coy. “She was so influential to us, we just felt it was a good thing to do (in her memory).”

Coy, who said she had taught a class in the past, showed participants basic icing skills, including icing up the cake and placing borders, script and roses. Mark Siegel, owner of the Salem Giant Eagle, donated all the materials for the class.

There were two classes- one for beginners and one for children.

Salem resident Sandy Capel attended the beginner’s class with her granddaughter, 9-year-old Erin Townshend. She said they brought their cupcakes and were looking forward to learning how to make roses with the icing.

Capel and her granddaughter are an example of what Coy said her and her co-workers were trying to accomplish.

“It’s a tribute to Pam that we’re able to help other people,” she said. “She really was an impactful person.”

Coy also noted that the event was part of Kisses for Karli, a local 7-year-old girl who has been in remission for the past year. Karli and her mother are customers at the bakery, Coy said, and the workers became more aware of St. Jude’s through them.