NORTH CALDWELL, NJ – Hundreds of people, including North Caldwell Mayor Alessi, Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, area residents and firefighters from Verona, West Caldwell and Caldwell, came out on Sunday morning to support the North Caldwell Volunteer Fire Department and Fire Company’s 34th Annual “All You Can Eat” Pancake Breakfast at the Fireman's Community Center.
This was the first time the Fire Department invited everyone in town to attend via the town’s emergency notification phone system.
Funds raised at the event will go toward purchasing safety equipment—specifically, an automated external defibrillator (AED) system for the Fireman’s Community Center, where many events take place.
Guests mingled inside the venue as well as outside on the lawn and porch. Tables were packed with families, couples, children donning mini-fire caps, extended families, seniors, community groups and local firefighters. They dined on towering plates of pancakes with all the fixings, which were cooked and served by firefighters. In addition, Boy Scouts, Eagle Scouts and Venture Group volunteers served coffee, juice and cleaned up.
People arrived in droves throughout the morning to partake on the event. At the high point of the morning, there was a line of guests waiting to be seated.
North Caldwell Fire Department Chief Stan Rogacki said, “It’s a good community event. They support us and we support them. People come before and after church and before and after sports to mingle with their friends and meet new people.”
Rogacki said he wanted to give thanks to the numerous groups that helped make the event so successful: BSA Troop 1 from N. Caldwell that helped set up Friday night; BSA Troop 6 from Caldwell;BSA Crew 59 from West Essex; Express Brew;Jack’s Foodtown in Caldwell; Green Brook Country Club; I.H.O.P of Parsippany and Totowa; Michael E. Colucci; ShopRite of West Caldwell; Park West Diner and Readington Farms.
Venture Group volunteer Elena Bartlett, from Caldwell, said, “Without the North Caldwell Fire Department, we wouldn’t have much funds. They helped with our fundraiser and we help with theirs.”
Robyn Stevens of Caldwell said, “It’s a great fundraiser and I’m glad it’s supported by much of the community.”
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