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Local Flapjack Breakfast Benefits SHIP

(Back Row, L-R) Tom O'Leary, Claudia Merkel-Keller, Joe Cacciatore, Susan Cacciatore and Barbara Redvanly; (second and first rows, L-R) members of the BRMD Community Awareness Club; (second row) second from left, Tatum Sinopoli, Thompson Middle School, Middletown

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Susan Cacciatore, a faculty member at the Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School and faculty advisor for the school’s Community Awareness Club, coordinated a benefit flapjack breakfast at Applebee’s, in Bridgewater.

The breakfast, “A short stack for a tall cause,” was held Dec. 14 to benefit the Samaritan Homeless Interim Program (SHIP) in Somerville.

“The pancake breakfast was a great success,” said Tom O’Leary, executive director of SHIP. “The crew at SHIP and I thank members of the community for joining us at breakfast and making donations to support our efforts for needy members of our community. On behalf of those you helped, please accept our gratitude and appreciation.”

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More than $1,800 was raised through ticket sales for the breakfast and through donations.

The effort was also supported by BRMS faculty member Barbara Redvanly and community member Claudia Merkel-Keller.

The school’s Community Awareness Club served as hosts for the event, seating guests, taking orders and serving the food, while Frosty the Snowman also made an appearance to take photos with young diners.

The club also gathered more than 1,300 food items, which were delivered to the pantry at SHIP a week earlier.

Finally, during the breakfast, a winning name was picked from the donation basket and one child took home a new bicycle.

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