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Annual Celebrity Breakfast to Support Park Road Parade is Tuesday in West Hartford

Companions for Living President Julianne Roth. Celebrity Breakfast. June 6, 2017. Photo credit: Ronni Newton (we-ha.com file photo)

The annual Celebrity Breakfast fundraiser will be held on Tuesday, June 12 at Effie’s Place Family Restaurant on Park Road in West Hartford.

By Ronni Newton

The eggs will be egg-cellent, the waffles will be wonderful, and along with the palate-pleasing pancakes will served up for a purpose by “celebrity” waitstaff on Tuesday morning, from 7-10 a.m. at Effie’s Place Family Restaurant, 91 Park Rd.

The annual Celebrity Breakfast is a fundraiser for the Park Road Parade – which this year will celebrate is 20th year on Saturday, Oct. 6.

At the breakfast fundraiser on Tuesday, June 12, diners will have their choice of three mouth-watering meals: Patrissi Pancakes (three fluffy pancakes piled high), Whiting Lane Waffles (an old-time favorite with strawberries and whipped cream), and Effie’s Eggs (two eggs cooked any style with home fries, bacon or sausage), all served with coffee and juice. Meals are $15 each, with proceeds going to support the Park Road Association’s expenses for the annual parade.

It’s also a chance to meet and greet some local celebrities, who will be glad to chat as they fulfill their breakfast-serving duties. Town Manager Matt Hart, Assistant Police Chief Dan Coppinger, Director of Leisure and Social Services Helen-Rubino-Turco, Town Clerk Essie Labrot (guaranteed to be wearing heels), State Rep. Andy Fleischmann, Jonathan Harris, and many members of the Town Council, as well business and civic leaders will be glad to take and serve your order, and keep your coffee mug filled. [Editor’s note: I will be serving as well, and despite having been fired as a waitress back in my college days, have learned to pour coffee without spilling.]

“As a former waiter it is an amazing experience to jump back into the controlled chaos of taking orders and making people happy,” said Ryan Keating, principal of Keating Agency Insurance who will be serving from 8-9 a.m. “Part of what I do every day is making sure that my clients are properly protected and taken care of, so waiting tables and serving others comes naturally. This event is so much fun because there are no reservations, so it can get a little hectic.” 

A list of servers and their scheduled shifts is below in case you don’t want to miss being served by your favorite waiter. And, if you don’t have time to linger, you can still support the event by placing your order in advance and having it ready to go by calling Effie’s at 860-233-9653.

The legendary Brad Davis of WDRC-AM 1360 will be back, broadcasting his show live with many of the local celebrities and special guests who are serving breakfast to you.

“The Park Road Parade is such a big part of the Park Road community and the town of West Hartford that I am honored to be considered a ‘celebrity’ and look forward to taking your order,” said Keating. “Catch you on the ‘sunny side.’”

For more information, call Effie’s owner John Paindiris at 860-836-9366.

The Celebrity Breakfast is sponsored by the Park Road Association, an organization comprising people who live or work in the Park Road neighborhood.

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