Menlo Park Firefighter Virtual Pancake Breakfast

Want to join us in making a difference? We are raising money to benefit San Mateo County Firefighters Foundation, and any donation will help make an impact. 

Over three decades ago Menlo Park Firefighters responded to a Structure Fire that changed the Harris Family forever.  Because of this life altering event, Menlo Park Firefighters became lifelong friends of the Harris Family and started a relationship with the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation.  To learn more about the Harris Family  and their relationship with the AARBF please watch this video:

The Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF) is a California-based nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing burns and fires and providing services to those who have been affected by a burn injury. AARBF brings together health care providers, firefighters, emergency workers, burn care professionals, burn survivors, and our community to enhance the quality of life for burn survivors and to make burn injuries a thing of the past.  

Over the past three decades there have been several fundraisers that the Firefighters have been a part of to help raise funds for the AARBF.  The most successful of these Fundraisers has always been the Annual Firefighter Pancake Breakfast which first started two decades ago in 2001.

The breakfast started because the Jr. League of Palo Alto Mid-Peninsula called the Menlo Park Fire Protection District and wanted to help with a service event and proposed a Pancake Breakfast.   That same year the attacks of 9/11 occurred and all the funds from the Pancake Breakfast went to the widows and their children of New York City.  Ever since, funds raised have been 100% donated to the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation.

The Annual Menlo Park Firefighter Pancake Breakfast is truly an event that is jointly sponsored by the Menlo Park Fire Protection District and the Menlo Park Firefighters Association.  But without the major stakeholders of: the Jr. League and the Stanford Park Hotel we would never be as successful in raising the amount of funds for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation that we have been.  This is because the Jr League and Stanford Park Hotel provide most of the volunteers and the food.  Every year we have over 100 volunteers and more than 1000 people in attendance.

This year, due to social distancing because of COVID19 we cannot actually do our Pancake Breakfast.  Which is disappointing as it will be the first time in two decades that the Menlo Park Firefighters Pancake Breakfast will not occur.  What makes the situation it worse is that this fundraising breakfast will typically raise between $12,000 and $15,000.  The AARBF provides a vital service to the community of burn survivors, we can’t allow COVID19 to have a negative impact on their efforts.  We know the community will help reach our goal of $20,000 for 20 years.
  • Torres Family
    • $50 
    • 27 mos
  • Ed Greene
    • $250 
    • 27 mos
  • David Perrone
    • $100 
    • 27 mos
  • brett jensen
    • $200 
    • 27 mos
  • Menlo Park Firefighters Association
    • $1,000 
    • 27 mos
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Fundraising team (3)

Johnny Wu
Raised $2,340 from 8 donations
Redwood City, CA
San Mateo County Firefighters Foundation
Registered nonprofit
Donations are typically 100% tax deductible in the US.
Jon Johnston
Team member
Raised $230 from 3 donations
Carol Parker
Team member
Raised $200 from 1 donation

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