Topanga dad Mark Cummins enjoys pancakes, bacon and fruit his 7-year-old twins Zoe and Sam.
On a cool and cloudy Sunday morning, a gregarious group of about 200 Topanga kids, their parents and a number of unattached adults lined up outside the Community House on Feb. 9 to enjoy homemade pancakes, sausages and bacon cooked up by a handpicked group of devoted dads. While the kidsand some parentsran around in their pajamas, most parents relaxed and visited with friends to the outstanding music of the Topanga Flapjacks (Richard Hunke on guitar, John Albert on bass, Ken Mazur on guitar and Davey Chegwidden on drums). Filling in between sets was an outstanding harmonica set by brothers Alex and Brody Gage who were joined by Father of the Pancake Breakfast, Ernie Demontreaux, whenever he could get away. Working hard inside the kitchen cooking up stacks of delectable pancakes, bacon and sausages, Topanga dads Greg Bennett, Sean Colgin, Peter Dahler, Matt Doolin, Jim Schram and Karl Tso could barely keep up with the demand.
Topanga dads trying to keep up in the kitchen with the demand for delicious pancakes, bacon, sausages and fruit were, from left to right, Jeff Bronstein, Sean Colgin, Curtis Hein, Karl Tso, Matt Doolin and obscured in the red hat is Peter Daher.
Meanwhile, Richard Brody, in his signature pancake apron, manned the service table laden with maple syrup, butter and all the accoutrements needed for a hearty feast. Emcee Paul Beauvais kept the action going inside as raffle tickets were drawn and silent auction winners announced.
While emcee Paul Beauvais, left, monitored the activities of the silent auction, event organizer Ernie Demontreux and his daughter, Maya, pulled tickets for the raffle of two Razor scooters.
This is a great event for the school and the families; we will feed about 550 plates, said Ernie Demontreux, owner of Topanga Lumber and organizer of the event, now in its sixth year. Between the pancake sales, the silent auction and the raffle of two Razor scooters, it is estimated they will once again raise about $6,000, all of which goes to fund the Topanga Enrichment Program at Topanga Elementary Charter School and its valuable programs.