Sunday success! Alameda Kiwanis 58th annual pancake breakfast

nora aef kiwanis
I was up early Sunday—despite the late night visiting friends in San Francisco—to lend a hand at the 58th annual Alameda Kiwanis Club pancake breakfast. To the right, Alameda Education Foundation office manager Nora Toy-Desmond scoops up pancake batter in the kitchen of the Elks Lodge, where the event was held.

This year, in response to state budget cuts to education, the Alameda Kiwanis are donating all proceeds from the breakfast to the Alameda Education Foundation. Like many other AEF board members, I was there to lend a hand—though I had light duty, taking pictures and distributing flyers.

annede richard kimRichard Kim, a local realtor and the Kiwanis Club president, taught me the Kiwanis motto: Changing the world one child and one community at a time.

He said AEF’s mission dovetails with Kiwanis’, and his club is glad to help support public schools in Alameda. Kim is pictured left with AEF board president Anne DeBardeleben, also a realtor.

Georgia Petrie Lynn Styne

Lynne Styne of A Season to Taste (front) and Kiwanis club member Georgia Petrie were flipping flap jacks. “We fired up grill at about five in the morning,” said Styne, who guessed they’d need to cook about 3,000 pancakes. They were not counting.

Octavio Guzman of La PiƱata donated the food and supplies, Peet’s Coffee and Tea donated coffee and, local dentist Bruce Bothwell donated many flats of strawberries.

dawna dowdell and kristy perkins

By breakfast’s end, Alameda Kiwanis Club Secretary Kristy Perkins (in the foreground, pictured with Kiwanis president-elect Dawna Dowdell), told me they’d served 525 people and raised roughly $6,000 dollars.


  • http://RussAndLindaGrant.com Russ Grant

    This event was a great success and a real challenge as runners moved food and heavy plates from the basement and main floor kichens to the Lodge Room on the third floor. Congrats to all who supported this event and to the many volunteers from Kiwanis Alameda, Key Clubs from Encinal and Alameda High and AEF volunteers….Great Going!

    Russ Grant, Kiwanis Alameda