Pancake Breakfast & Mt. Washington Made
Special "thank you” note from Martha E. Flores - Pancake Breakfast Chair
There are so many wonderful people and parents to thank for making the 34th annual pancake breakfast truly delightful and seamless. In her sophomore year overseeing tickets, Sara Stanton Antonacci was amazing. She was busy setting up ticket sales and recruiting volunteers to sell before anyone was thinking pancakes. Charlene Ho signed up to head donations last spring before her daughter had started kindergarten. Through the summer, Charlene worked hard to secure many of our generous sponsors, including Califia, Smart & Final and others. On Saturday, Charlene greeted serving line volunteers, got them in their positions and made sure everyone was getting pancakes as quickly as possible. She with her husband Andy and Jules Ashborn broke down the tents at the end.
Deep gratitude to all the parent volunteers who signed up to cut fruit, set up tents, brew coffee, cook pancakes, serve them and clean up. There were many MVPs (Marvelous Volunteer Parents) among you who deserve a high five on the play yard next time you see them. Cassandra Chihuahua made sure the batter was perfect and that all chefs had what they needed at all times. Charlene and Camilla Duarte-Branstrom were awesome utility players during the crucial early morning hours. Christine Russell worked the griddle longer than her assigned time because it reminded her of working at her family’s restaurant in Greece. Betty Norheim took on the coffee lead gig, doing it with grace and skill all morning long. Cyanne Backley and husband Carlos Plazola rocked it all week long, starting with Sparkletts water pick-up, fruit cutting duties and volunteering a full day Saturday. When we unexpectedly went through 4 gallons of syrup, Dustin Blanche jumped in his Jeep Wrangler, headed down the hill to bring us more. Mike Kopera rushed from his son’s soccer photo day to help clean-up the kitchen.
This year could not have been as spectacular as it was without the generosity of so many local businesses. Hippo Restaurant not only provided all the batter and extra grills but Owner Randy Clement and Executive Chef Matt Molina worked with all our parent volunteers to ensure the pancakes were perfectly golden. Briana Valdez at HomeState donated gallons and gallons of Orange Juice for a second year. Laurie Winston at Spoke Bicycle Cafe donated the syrup. Chefs Jaime Martin del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu of La Casita Mexicana donated butter and compostable plates. Rosie Bunny Bean, Joy and Hinterhof gave monetary donations. And our very own parent, Art Moreno, generously gave us the coffee set up and utensils as he has done for several years.
Check out the sponsor flyer below. Please support these businesses when you can.