61st Annual Carmelo Manuele Easter Pancake Breakfast was a HUGE success!
Plenty of happy children, tasty food, decorated eggs, the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians and the Easter Bunny helped make the Alpine Kiwanis 61st Annual Carmelo Manuele Easter Pancake Breakfast lots of fun on April 5 in Alpine!
About 410 people, including a number of seniors, many families and friends in our community and at least 50 children, attended the big celebration at the Alpine Elementary School according to Alpine Kiwanis Club Member and Event Chairman, Charles Nelson. “We went through nine hundred pancakes, eleven hundred sausages, fourteen gallons of fruit juice, orange and apple, ample quantities of scrambled eggs and quantities of coffee and milk for kids.”
“Many Alpine Kiwanis Club Members helped make this event successful. We arrived at the school at 5:30 am, having set up the room the day before and everyone was done with cleanup by 1:30 pm. The Easter Bunny made an appearance and many pictures were taken of children (and adults) with the bunny. There were also special activities for the children including Easter egg hunts tailored for little ones, egg and cookie decoration and a rather cheerful group of breakfast eaters. Our wonderful Granite Hills High School Key Clubbers were a big help with the children’s activities as well as helping a lot in the dining room. The proceeds from this event will support a significant amount of the work we do for children and our community,” said Nelson.
The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians is a major sponsor of this event and has a long tradition of sharing with the community as well as their brothers and sisters in Baja Norte. Their sponsorship of this Kiwanis event as well as others demonstrates that commitment to our community.
The annual Easter morning community tradition was started in 1954 by Carmelo Manuele, who was the club’s president. Manuele joined the new foothills Kiwanis club in 1951, 13 days after it started.
About Alpine Kiwanis
Always busy, the Kiwanis Club of Alpine is the third largest one in the California-Nevada-Hawaii Kiwanis district. Its nearly 130 members are known for their dedicated community service. Watch for more information on their next three annual club events — the Alpine Challenge charity bicycle ride, the Kiwanis Miracle Mile of Quarters Art Competition to help Rady Children’s Hospital and the annual Vintage Alpine wine and food tasting. Visit www.AlpineKiwanis.org for more information about Alpine Kiwanis activities or to join the organization.