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Bay Ridge Cares invites residents to pancake breakfast

Charity group aims for small-town, neighborly feel

February 9, 2017 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Bay Ridge Cares leaders Karen Tadross (second from left) and Justin Brannan accepted certificates of appreciation for their work in helping the recovery effort after Superstorm Sandy in 2012 from Community Board 10 officials Joanne Seminara (left) and Josephine Beckmann. Eagle file photo by Paula Katinas
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Bay Ridge, for many of the residents who live there, is like a small town. And to demonstrate that the community has a Middle-America feel, a local charity group is organizing a pancake breakfast for the entire neighborhood.

Bay Ridge Cares is hosting the free Community Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Dimitrios & Georgia Kaloidis School, 8502 Ridge Blvd., from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Enter the school on 85th Street.

The breakfast will be served by the owners of Tom’s Restaurant and will include pancakes, eggs, bacon, coffee and juice.

The idea behind the pancake breakfast is to bring people together, according to Bay Ridge Cares President Karen Tadross.

“Bay Ridge is a small town, but because of our busy lives, it’s not always easy to meet new people, learn about others and broaden our circle of friends. Bay Ridge Cares wanted the opportunity to meet the people we serve, while giving those people the opportunity to get to know more about our organization and what we do,” Tadross told the Brooklyn Eagle via email.

In addition to enjoying a delicious breakfast on a leisurely Saturday morning, the guests will be able to take part in numerous fun-filled activities, Tadross said. “We will have a number of friendship-building activities, crafts for the kids and reveal a very special project that will begin in the spring of this year,” she said.

Justin Brannan, the vice president and founder of the group, said he is looking forward to Saturday.

“This event will be the real International House of Pancakes,” Brannan told the Eagle. “People from all walks of life coming together as neighbors to enjoy some food and get to know each other. It’s as simple as that — getting back to the basics of community building and celebrating our diversity.”

The breakfast is free, but guests who wish to make a donation can. The suggested donation at the door is $5.

Bay Ridge Cares, formed by Brannan and a group of his friends a few years ago, prepared and delivered hot meals to homeowners and recovery workers in neighborhoods devastated by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. “We made and delivered 26,000 meals in the months after Sandy,” he said.

The group has also raised funds for families of children with cancer to help pay for treatments.

On Thanksgiving Day, volunteers from Bay Ridge Cares delivered dozens of meals to the elderly and handicapped at their homes.

For more information on the Community Pancake Breakfast, visit or call 718-989-9566.


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