Masons Host 6th Annual Pancake Breakfast to Benefit Claremont School

Monday, April 13, 2015

On Saturday, February 7, the Rockridge Masonic Lodge hosted the Sixth Annual Pancake Breakfast to support Claremont Middle School. The Claremont Middle School Dad's Club organized ticket sales and publicity for the event, with generous support from the Rockridge District Association (RDA).

This year's breakfast raised more than $5,750 in raffle and breakfast ticket sales Ð a record amount for this festive annual event. The breakfast also continues to serve as an important community builder as people from the school, residential and business communities come together for a delicious meal.

Once again, the Masons put on a great spread and graciously opened their beautiful College Avenue facility to the community. Student musicians under the direction of Claremont's dynamic new music teacher, Vincent Tolliver, provided live entertainment, with a mix of jazz and string ensembles performing throughout the morning.

The Pancake Breakfast Raffle featured a long list of prizes, including a grand prize iPad Mini donated by local real estate broker Ron Kriss of Lawton Associates, as well as two box seat tickets to an Oakland A's game donated by District 1 City Council member Dan Kalb.

Funds raised through raffle ticket sales will be dedicated to a spring outdoor education program that will give students in all grades at Claremont an opportunity to go camping at the Gillespie Youth Camp facility in Tilden Regional Park.

Proceeds from ticket sales gave a welcome boost to the Claremont PTA's 2014-15 annual fund, which supports a broad range of educational initiatives at our neighborhood middle school, located on College and Miles avenues next to the Rockridge BART station. Programs and activities supported by the PTA include high-quality computer learning resources, after-school sports and one of the best library programs of any public middle school in Oakland.

This event would not have been possible if not for the efforts of so many who volunteered their time and energy to make it happen. Special thanks must go to Chris Nowell and all of the Rockridge Masonic Lodge members who hosted the event and cooked the meal, and to Chris Jackson and the RDA for their generous support.

Thanks as well to our local merchants, including Market Hall Foods, Cole Hardware, Becky's Chinese Restaurant, Smitten Ice Cream, Jules Thin Crust, Pegasus Bookstore, Tootsies, Powell's Sweet Shoppe, and all the teachers, students, families and members of our Claremont community who attended.