Middletown, N.J. – On Saturday, February 2 from 8-10 a.m., the Middletown Lions Club will host the 7th Annual Pancake Breakfast at Applebees Restaurant, located in the Middletown Shopping Center on the corner of Route 35 North and New Monmouth Road. In the wake of the destruction and devastation resulting from Super Storm Sandy, funds generated from the popular annual event will be dedicated to the Middletown Disaster Relief Fund, a 501C3 charitable organization which was started by former Mayor and current Township Committeeman Tony Fiore to assist Middletown residents impacted by the storm. The cost is $10 for a complete breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, orange juice and coffee. Breakfast will be served by Lion volunteers.
Advance ticket sales are available by contacting Event Chairperson Lion John Giordano at (732) 996-7495. The public is invited. Giordano noted that the Middletown Lions Club has a long-standing tradition of responding to the immediate needs of the community and has been engaged in helping victims remediate damage to their homes by partnering with local non-profit organizations. “Middletown was hit particularly hard, especially the areas of North Middletown, Port Monmouth, Belford and Leonardo. The Middletown Lions Club wants to do whatever it can to help residents restore their lives and their homes,” he stated.
According to the official Middletown Township website, www.middletownnj.org, more than 1,200 homes were affected, and hundreds will need to be re-built. Information on the Middletown Disaster Relief Fund is available by viewing the websites www.middletownnj.org and http://www.middletownrelief.com or by calling the Mayor’s Office at (732) 615-2024.
The Middletown Lions Club was chartered in 1946 through Lions International and is a volunteer service organization consisting of caring men and women who help the community through charitable service projects and fundraising initiatives and programs. The club assists individuals and families in need both locally and globally through programs which address sight improvement and the prevention of blindness. In addition, the club administers eye screenings through the all-volunteer, traveling vision screening team - the ‘Knights of Sight’ – which provides free testing for elementary school children in local school districts. The club has served the Middletown Township, Red Bank, Hazlet Township, and Matawan-Aberdeen School Districts. Club members also volunteer directly at The Kitchen at St. Marks Food Pantry, Keansburg, by purchasing, preparing and serving homemade meals for the hungry. The Middletown Lions Club underwrites free eye exams, eyeglasses, and hearing aids for those who cannot afford them and donates funds to local charities that advocate for disabled individuals and for families and children with special needs.