Pancake Breakfast Raises Thousands for NJ Blind Citizens Association
Middletown, NJ - Hundreds of growling stomachs got their fill before heading home to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday at the Middletown Lions Club’s 5th annual pancake breakfast to benefit the New Jersey Blind Citizens Association (NJBCA), the oldest charity serving the blind and visually impaired in the state. Over $2,500 was raised as diners enjoyed a gourmet all-you-can-eat spread cooked up and served by caring volunteers.
NJBCA visually impaired clients Roberta (left) and Trish (right) show their support and appreciation while enjoying a great meal.
The entire community pulled together to raise much–needed funds for NJBCA’s educational and social support programs for the blind. Once again, Whole Foods of Middletown was a generous sponsor, donating a variety of fresh and healthy eats. Massage Therapist Desiree Morejon’s free chair massages added a luxurious touch to the fundraising event.
“I was impressed by the organic juices and the high quality breakfast,” said Red Bank resident Rosie O’Brien. “Everything was delicious and the chair massage was an added benefit.”
"As Lions, we consider ourselves Knights of the Blind,” said John Giordano as he manned the griddle. “We’re proud to have the partnership of Whole Foods, and that so many people came out for such a great cause.”
The Lions & NJ Blind Citizens Association were proud to have Director of the NJ State Office for Planning Advocacy Gerald Scharfenberger, former Middletown Mayor, (center) attend on Sunday.
In addition to the annual pancake breakfast, the Middletown Lions Club holds an auto show each fall to benefit the NJ Blind Citizens Association. As a Lions State Project, NJBCA also receives support from Clubs throughout New Jersey.
“We are so grateful to the Lions, they hold this event every year,” said Grace, a client of the NJ Blind Citizens Association. “We hope that other volunteers and groups will follow in their footsteps to help raise funds for our programs.
Over a quarter of a million people in our state are living with some level of serious visual impairment, and funds are greatly needed for programs that support learning and independent living. To organize your own local event to benefit New Jersey’s blind, call 732-291-0878, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.njbca.org.