Tradition lives on at Issaquah Valley Senior Center’s annual pancake breakfast

May 15, 2012

By David Hayes

Nothing says Americana more than the family tradition. The Issaquah Valley Senior Center is inviting the public to a tradition it has hosted since opening 33 years ago — its annual pancake breakfast fundraiser from 9-11:30 a.m. May 19 at the center, 75 N.E. Creek Way.

Center Director Courtney Jaren said she hopes to attract as many as 300 hungry eaters to the all-you-can-eat buffet, which features bacon, sausage, eggs, coffee, tea and juice to accompany the pancakes. At just $5 per person, Jaren said that adds up to a nice amount for the center.

“It’s our biggest fundraiser of the year,” she said. “Netting $1,500 would be nice. It will go toward paying for all our programs. And nothing specific. Rather, it’s an amount to help defray all our costs.”

This year’s meal will again be sponsored, now for the sixth year, by Aegis of Issaquah, and Fischer Meats will provide sausage. Serving up the entertainment will be the senior center’s own musicians, The Rovin’ Fiddlers.

“Also, our guest celebrity chefs this year will be former Mayor Rowan Hinds and his wife Barbara,” Jaren said.

Reaching 300 guests shouldn’t be too hard, as it’s also one of the center’s most popular traditions, she said.

“We once had a director who heard a proposed cutback should be the pancake breakfast,” Jaren said. “She was aghast and said, ‘No! We can’t lose our pancake breakfast!’”

The tradition has lived on since and Jaren said she hopes the tradition lives on for more generations to come.

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