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New Providence Lions Annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser Benefits Drive for Autism

Al Morgan, Bob Kallaur Credits: Marina Kennedy
Gray Kapner Brian Geoffroy Credits: Marina Kennedy
The Trezza Family Credits: Marina Kennedy
Bob Campbell, Frank Romeo Credits: Marina Kennedy
Doyle and Hoffman Families Credits: Marina Kennedy
Joyce, Nagie and Cowan Families Credits: Marina Kennedy

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Members of the New Providence Lions Club were flipping flapjacks at their third annual Pancake Breakfast at the William Paca Club on Sunday morning. All proceeds benefited the local charity, Drive for Autism Foundation. 

The event had the support of many community residents who enjoyed the meal with their family and friends. The cost was $10 per person, and $25 per family. Funds were also raised with  sponsors who donated $100 and benefactors who donated $250.

New Providence Mayor Al Morgan, a past Lion’s Club president, said, “Everything we do is for the community and all the money we raise goes to the directly to the organizations we sponsor.”  He also pointed out that the organization’s last two pancake breakfasts raised nearly $10,000 for worthy causes.

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Bob Kallaur, club secretary, said, “We want give a special thank you to our benefactors and sponsors.”

New Providence Councilman Gary Kapner and Current Lions Club President Brian Geoffroy were among the club member welcoming guests and serving food. Kapner said, “It’s great to be able to support the Drive for Autism Foundation.”

Thomas Trezza of New Providence is a former Lions Club member and the head of the Drive for Autism Foundation.  He was enjoying breakfast with with his family.  Trezza said that he was very pleased that the Lions decided to select the Foundation for their fundraiser. 

The Joyce, Nagie and Cowan families were there to have a pre-game breakfast before the Morris versus Berkshire Girls Rugby match.  The girls, who were looking forward to their game, agreed that the pancakes were “great.”

The Drive for Autism Foundation is a private charitable foundation that was established to raise funds and distribute them to schools and non-profit organization committed to the education and treatment of persons with diagnosis’ under the Autism spectrum. For more information on the Foundation visit their web site at

Since 1917, local Lions Clubs have offered people the opportunity to give back something to their community.  Today, with over 1.4 million men and women in more than 180 countries, Lions have expanded their focus to meet the ever-increasing needs of society.  The Lions Club donates 100% of every dollar they collect. The New Providence Lions Club is always looking for new members.  You can become aware of the needs of the community and effectively make a difference.  For more information, visit their web site at

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