Community members gathered for a morning of food, fun and fellowship at Toluca Lake’s 14th annual Old-Fashioned Pancake Breakfast, held on May 12 at Fire Station #86. Originated by Chamber of Commerce members Steve Hampar and Richard Bogy, this beloved Toluca Lake tradition celebrates Fire Service Day, which encourages residents to get to know their local firefighters and learn about fire safety, and recognizes the tireless work of the Los Angeles Fire Department in keeping our neighborhoods safe. Proceeds from the breakfast benefit the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund.
This year’s multitude of sponsors included NBC Universal, Hollywood United Methodist Church, the Culinary Institute, Bob’s Big Boy, Patys Restaurant, Don Francisco’s Coffee, Metropolis Bikes, Craig Strong, Ramsey-Shilling, Tina Smith, HoneyBaked Ham, Trader Joe’s, Super King Markets, Magnolia Grille, Alta Dena Dairy, the North Hollywood Ice Company and many more. In addition to a full breakfast buffet, the event featured guided tours of the fire station, live music and prize giveaways.
“The Chamber is pleased to meet with all of the folks who come to enjoy this meaningful morning every year,” President Jon Molin says. “We had a terrific turnout this year that exceeded the previous year’s attendance and contributions. We thank all of the participants and the many sponsors and families who attended. Most of all, we wish to thank all of the brave firefighters from our own Fire Station #86 for their help and support in making Toluca Lake’s Pancake Breakfast a fun and successful day!”
Photos by Fred Spigelman