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    Donnie Sander of Celestine, right, smiled at Mary Heeke of Celestine while catching up with her and her husband, Leonard, at their home after he brought them chicken and dumplings Oct. 3. A caterer by profession, sometimes Donnie makes extra food and delivers it to the older residents of the community. He started Sander Catering in 1998, and today it caters receptions and other events nearly every week. Some Saturdays he has more than a dozen commitments. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Donnie and employee Sharon Reckelhoff of Celestine, middle, helped German American employees Erica Rummel of Huntingburg, left, Clint Gogel of Jasper and Tina Fromme of Jasper make take-and-bake pizzas Aug. 20 for the bank to sell as a fundraiser for the March of Dimes. The group made 149 pizzas that night. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Donnie gave a treat to his beagle, Dory, outside of his business as granddaughter Ava, 2, ran across the driveway to him Nov. 17. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Donnie snuck a mushroom to his granddaughter Ava Sander, 2, as he set up the stations to make pizzas for a fundraiser Aug. 20. DonnieÕs daughter, Jenna, and her daughter, Ava, live with Donnie and his wife, Linda. Ava is a constant presence in the kitchen. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Donnie laughed after telling a story at the end of a long Saturday of catering Sept. 28. Saturdays are the busiest day of the week, and after the vans come back to the company headquarters on State Road 164 west of Celestine and are unloaded, Donnie and his employees sit in the kitchen and eat, drink and relax. Donnie said he views his employees as family. ÒI like taking care of people,Ó he said. ÒItÕs what I do.Ó Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Donnie pushed a cart of food and drinks to a door at the Arnold F. Habig Community Center in Jasper for a catered pork chop meal Aug. 27. Most of the time DonnieÕs employees deliver the meals, but he still likes to do it when he can. During the past few years, his arthritis has made it more difficult for him to lift and carry pans. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Donnie switched off the fryers in a trailer after several hours of frying chicken and fish meals for the Dubois Ruritan Club to sell during the Septemberfest in Dubois on Aug. 30. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Donnie yawned as he relaxed with his employees, including Diane Voelkel of Dubois, after a long Saturday of catering Sept. 28. DonnieÕs Saturdays can start as early as 3 a.m., depending on the number of orders he has for the day. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald

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    Donnie passed out dessert at granddaughter AvaÕs second birthday party at the shelterhouse at Celestine Park on Sept. 29. Donnie rarely stops working, and even on his days off, he likes taking care of people. Ariana van den Akker/The Herald