By George L. Winship
For the second year in a row, it was my privilege and honor to participate in the Pizza and Pumps fundraiser for the Shasta Women's Refuge and the Family Justice Center hosted by Charlew and Cathy Byerly, owners of Mary's Pizza Shack in Anderson.
It was all done to raise awareness and prevent sexual assaults, explained Jean King, executive director of the tandem agencies now joined into one entity.
Last year, due to heavy rain, the event was held indoors at the Shasta Outlets shopping center and did not attract as much attention as organizers had hoped.
This year, clear and sunny skies helped bring out crowds who listened to music – Redding vocalist Mike Vasquez sang a medley of Country favorites while a Blues and Folk band, Completely Different People, entertained later in the afternoon – watched a Celebrity Pizza Making Contest, took part in a family Walk A While in Her Shoes event, ate pizza and competed in a karaoke contest.