Also known as “Dorothy’s Breakfast,” volunteers serve up breakfast with a smile to over 65 hungry members
of the McLean Community
The sizzle of griddles marked the start of the Annual Pancake Breakfast held in the Burkholder Community Center this past Thursday morning. Dorothy Ianzito, with the help of her good friend Bud Petersen, has been organizing this delicious event for McLean Village residents since 2007.
“I enjoy putting this breakfast together every year for our community, but I could not do it without the help of my good friend, Bud, and of course all of the wonderful volunteers,” said Dorothy Ianzito.
This year, with the help of 12 volunteers and wonderful kitchen staff at The Village, they served over 65 hungry patrons a traditional menu of pancakes, bacon, fresh fruit cup, orange juice, coffee and tea. In addition to cooking and serving, Dorothy’s volunteers helped with setting long family-style tables, valet parking, greeting residents as they walked in, and of course, cleaning up.
As the enticing aroma wafted through the Burkholder Community Center, camaraderie and community were the order of the day as neighbors sat together enjoying a delicious pancake breakfast, catching up and enjoying each other’s company after a long, cold winter.
Photo: “Dorothy’s Breakfast” organizer, Dorothy Ianzito, a resident of The Village at McLean for 16 years, enjoys the community of people and the supportive environment reflected by the annual morning get- together. When asked how long it takes to organize this popular event each year, she will tell you that she begins organizing the next pancake breakfast almost as soon the last one ends and works diligently with all of her volunteers and McLean staff to make sure the event runs smoothly year after year.
Photo below: Henry (Hank) and Barbara Smachetti, two of this year’s 12 volunteers serve up pancakes and bacon to over 65 residents and staff during McLean’s Annual Pancake Breakfast in the Burkholder Community Center