Great eats — Fire department hosts annual rite to raise cash for Toy and Joy program

All-you-can-eat flapjacks, smothered in butter with syrup drizzled on top. What could be better?

The 24th annual Newberg Fire Department pancake breakfast is slated for 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the downtown fire station, located at the corner of Howard and Second streets.

The annual rite raises funds for the department’s Toy and Joy program and other various programs throughout the year.

“Our firemen will begin prep for the day-long fundraiser at 4:30 a.m.,” said Dan Boyes, firefighter/paramedic and chairman of the breakfast committee. “All of the firetrucks will be parked on Howard Street so the main bay can be turned into the dining area for the guests.”by: GARY ALLEN - Edible fund raising - Volunteer  and paid  firefighters, their families and others man the grills for the annual pancake breakfast      at the Newberg Fire Department's main station on Second and Howard streets. Ask nicely and   one of the grillmasters will even cook a Mickey Mouse pancake for you.

“We order 15 25-pound boxes of Krusteaz pancake batter and three of our guys cook all morning long; some will even make Mickey Mouse pancakes for the kids,” Boyes said.

The fire department also purchases coffee from Caravan Coffee, juice, milk and sausage from Voget Meats of Hubbard.

“It is an October fest sausage and our eggs are bought from Willamette Egg Farms,” he added.

A berry syrup from Berry Noir, made special for the fire department, can be purchased for $6 a bottle.

Also at the breakfast, children can crawl around the firetrucks.

A collection of local businesses donate services for the fundraiser: McMinnville Gas donates propane for the grills, Chehalem Sign donates the sign and Rendered does the poster graphics.

In past years, 1,300 to 1,800 people from the community have participated in the event, but lately the numbers have decreased because of the weather.

“It has to be perfect …not too sunny and not to rainy,” Boyes said.

The annual breakfast is one the largest fundraisers for the Toy and Joy program, he said. The other fundraiser that helps provide toys to more than 800 families in the Newberg area is a summer golf tournament begun several years ago.

Last year the department raised $1,250 from the breakfast.

Breakfast is $5 for seniors, $7 for adults and $3 for kids 6 to 12. For more information on the event, call 503-537-1230.

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