By Mary O’KEEFE
The Crescenta Valley Town Council Annual Pancake Breakfast will once again be flipping hundreds of pancakes, grilling sausage and pouring orange juice all in support of the community. On Saturday the public is invited to have breakfast and help support CVTC and local non-profit organizations.
This is the fifth year the CVTC has held the fundraiser. It has become the biggest fundraiser for the council and helps support the many programs CVTC sponsors including its scholarship program.
“The funds are for the scholarships and to pay for a lot of [other programs] the Town Council supports,” said Dennis van Bremen, CVTC councilmember.
The scholarship program helps students in the area who have given back to the community. Last school yearm CVTC distributed six scholarships including the Lucille C. Seeley scholarship.
“We have had our scholarship program longer than [we have done the breakfast]. We wanted to give more scholarships to more students,” van Bremen said.
The pancake breakfast is also a way for local organizations to raise money. CVTC gives local non-profits pancake tickets to sell. Those organizations can then keep 50% of their ticket sales.
“Our goal is to sell as many tickets as possible,” van Bremen said.
He added the sales usually gross $10,000, however half of that amount goes toward each of the organizations that have helped sell the tickets. And the council covers the costs of hosting the breakfast.
“That brings our earnings down,” he said. “But this is such a wonderful community we [want to give back].”
In addition to the scholarships, CVTC also supports other programs like the CV Dog Park and the Arbor Day celebration. They also work closely with Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich on several projects.
CVTC Annual Pancake Breakfast is on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Crescenta Valley High School quad, 2900 Community Ave. Tickets are $5 presale and $6 at the door and include a chance to win an iPad. Visit www.thetowncouncil.com for more information.