HB Woman’s Club hosts 30th Annual Pancake Breakfast
by Elka Worner
Guests at the 30th Annual Hermosa Beach Woman’s Club Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, November 5, ate more than 500 fluffy pancakes, bid on 70 gift baskets and auction items, and helped raise $10,000 in scholarships for local high school students.
“This is our biggest fundraiser,” said Woman’s Club past president Margie Dupuis. “Our members worked really hard preparing the gift baskets, decorating the hall, and cooking the food to make this event a success.”
Local restaurants donated the pancake mix, eggs, and sausages, and Starbucks donated the coffee for the popular event at the Kiwanis Hall. Among the hundreds of guests were Hermosa Beach Mayor Justin Massey, Mayor Pro-Tem Dean Francois, and Councilmember Rob Saemann.
“It’s always enjoyable to volunteer at such a fun event, especially serving pancakes to hungry guests,” Francois said.
This year’s silent auction featured a VIP shopping experience at Hammitt’s Manhattan Beach store with champagne and food for four and a $1,000 gift card. The Hermosa Beach Police Department donated a shooting simulator experience at the police station for four people, which went for $400.
“Those were really popular items,” Dupuis said.
Longtime Woman’s Club member Jackie Flaherty donated a handmade quilt to the raffle, which raised $700. Half of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.
Founded in 1921, the Woman’s Club of Hermosa Beach is one of the oldest philanthropic organizations in the city. The club has more than 100 members who donate their time to improving the community. ER