Pancake breakfast turns out to be a rousing community gathering

The Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation scheduled a Pancake breakfast at the Fire Station on Sunday, Oct. 2. Jim Curran, Foundation president, estimated about 150 people would attend this fund raiser.

To his amazement, the response was overwhelming! Families, church goers and fire fighters from various locations, including one from Arizona, came to enjoy the meal and pay tribute to the Marco Island Fire Fighters. The breakfast was held in the Bays of the Fire House and the charge was $5 for adults and $3 for children. The Foundation members, coupled with the firefighters, were the hosts for the lively and friendly crowd. Comments were overheard like “It was fun to get together with my friends and neighbors.”

The fireman were great, showing the kids the fire trucks. The weather was bright and sunny and all the tables were in the shade of the truck garage so a nice breeze made it comfortable. Another comment was “how wonderful this idea was,” followed by a question, “Were we going to hold this every week?” The young and the old attended. Troop 234 of the Boy Scouts of America were enjoying the pancakes, sausages and eggs and so was Leon Smith, a retired Deputy Chief of the New York Fire Department. Leon was a young 98 years. Andrew Smith, a boy scout and his father, gave a donation of $50 even though the foundation was not making any appeal for money at the breakfast. All morning long, glowing comments about the breakfast and how wonderful and friendly the people were who attended, was heard by Foundation members.

Many of the councilman, the city manager and his wife were there. The attendees kept the food line going steady from 8 to 10:30 a.m. The breakfast planners had to make five trips to Publix Market to feed the tremendous crowd. It was a lot of work for the Foundation members and the Firefighters for those four hours, however, when it all ended and the cleanup was complete, there were smiles on all their faces when the 484 count was announced. The Foundation is grateful to all who attended.

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