BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Power outages and no heat notwithstanding, the annual Berkeley Heights Rotary Pancake Breakfast was a rousing success. Residents of Berkeley Heights and the surrounding area came to Union Village United Methodist Church for pancakes, sausage and scrambled eggs and a heaping helping of the knowledge they were giving back to their community.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Berkeley Height’s YMCA’s children’s programs.

Rotary members weren’t sure until mid-week that the event was even going to go on as scheduled as much of the area was still without power after the Oct. 29 snowstorm, but it all came together as scheduled. In fact, Rotary members say the storm gave attendance a bit of a boost.

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“I told my father-in-law he should come but he said he just wanted to sleep in,” said Rotary member Tiffany Scott who was working in the kitchen. “But when he got up and realized he didn’t have any food in the house since the storm, he decided to come after all.”

The Rotarians didn’t forget the local businesses whose employees couldn’t get away to come to the comfortably crowded and warm church basement – their takeout service meant no one had to face Saturday pancake-less.

This year’s event also included a silent auction, according to organizer Lynn Falanga, and as always, local Boy Scouts help bus tables and make sure the coffee, donated by Dunkin Donuts, kept flowing.

Local sponsors for the event include ShopRite, King's, Jeanette Shop of Summit, Elila Center for Natural Healing, Respira, the Berkeley Heights YMCA,, the Berkeley Heights Recreation Center, Tailoring by Mario and Mayor Joseph Bruno.