Paczki party for good cause in Milwaukee

CREATED Feb. 12, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Fat Tuesday brings what's unofficially known as Paczki Day in milwaukee.

Many people wait in line during cold, nasty weather, but this year, they're doing it with an added benefit of a good cause - Easter Seals.

Polka tunes played while paczki fanatics waited in line before daybreak for the doors to open at the National Bakery on the city's south side.

"I've been awake since 3:00 a.m.," said one person outside the bakery on South 16th Street.

"I told my daughter I have to go get paczki," explained Virginia Povidas to TODAY'S TMJ4's Melissa McCrady.

"I'm watching TV and they're open already."

Customers could have theirs filled with prune, raisin or raspberry.

National Bakery plans to sell 37,000 of these tasty treats.

For some, it's a tradition.

For others like Steve Marinier, it's their first time.

"It's very good.  Awesome."

He has his girlfriend, who's from Wisconsin, to thank.

Though people came for paczki, they left with more than the popular Polish treats.

"We try to make it an event, too, so everybody can enjoy it including our customers," explained co-owner Jeff Callen.

The bakery lended its cause to Easter Seals by selling t-shirts saying "Paczki Party" for $12.

100% of proceeds would go to Easter Seals.