Thirteenth annual Menlo Park pancake breakfast benefits burn victims

by Contributed Content on October 11, 2013

One of the community’s favorite events, the 13th annual Pancake Breakfast is set for Saturday, October 12 at the Menlo Park Fire District Headquarters at 300 Middlefield Road.

This popular annual event, co-sponsored by the Junior League of Palo Alto•Mid Peninsula (JLPA•MP), the Menlo Park Fire District, the Stanford Park Hotel and the Menlo Grill Bistro & Bar, benefits the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation. Volunteers will be flipping pancakes and serving breakfast at the fire station from 7:30 to 11 a.m. that morning.

Advance ticket purchase is not required; donations are requested at the door.

The event includes something for guests of all ages. Breakfast will feature pancakes cooked to perfection by the Menlo Park Firefighters, delicious Hobee’s coffee cake and Peet’s Coffee. Junior League volunteers are organizing several fun activities for kids. The Fire District will host a silent auction featuring items such as a visit with “Old Tom,” their antique fire truck at your birthday party or event, dinner at Menlo Grill Bistro & Bar, and a night stay at the Stanford Park Hotel.

“The Pancake Breakfast and open house at the fire station has become a ‘must do’ family community event,” says Fire Inspector Jon Johnston of the Menlo Park Fire District. “The organization and support we receive from the Junior League is incredible. And, League members make it a lot of fun.”

“By volunteering at the Pancake Breakfast, our members get wonderful hands-on experience with running a large, community event, “says Joy Baker Peacock, JLPA•MP President. “We get to work with a terrific community partner – and see the fruits of our efforts right away in the funds raised for burn victims.

Last year’s breakfast raised just over $8,000 for the Alisa Ann Ruche Burn Foundation, and organizers hope to top that number this year. “We count on the community to continue to support this important cause,” says Johnston.

Proceeds from the event help the foundation provide much-needed programs for burn survivors in California. In 2010, the Foundation worked closely with local hospitals handling burn victims of the San Bruno fire.

Photo from 2012 pancake breakfast by Linda Hubbard

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