Families crowd all-you-can-eat Father’s Day breakfast
Appeal Staff Writer
The hotcakes were going like hotcakes.
“We ran out of maple syrup before 10 o’clock,” said Bryan Bibee, father of three and chairman of the annual Father’s Day breakfast.
“I celebrated Father’s Day by getting up at 4 a.m. and getting the griddle in place,” he said with a smile.
Hundreds of hungry Little Leaguers and families celebrated the holiday with breakfast at Seeliger Elementary gymnasium Sunday.
For $3, hungry dads could enjoy all-you-can eat pancakes, sausage and bacon along with a chance to win a Toyota pickup from Dick Campagni’s family of dealerships.
This is the 20th year Campagni has donated a vehicle for the Little League fund-raiser, according to Bibee.
The truck was just one of the many dad-friendly prizes raffled off.
There were tire rotations from Big O Tire, rounds of golf from Empire Ranch Country Club and a $50 gift certificate for Sears donated by Sierra Payroll Services.
Dad’s not exactly a fruit-and-salad kind of guy? No problem – Butler Meats donated a gift basket full of butcher-block delights.
There were oil changes, cooling system inspections and dinner at Denny’s – also known as the trifecta to some dads.
Little League Commissioner John Griffin showed up with an early Father’s Day present of his own – his 9-day old daughter, Camille. Like any proud pa, Griffin showed her off to his fellow dads while wife, Felicia, looked on.
The brand-new dad said he was having a great Father’s Day so far, despite not having had any sleep for the past week.
Coach of the A’s, Dirk Pabst, along with wife, Rochelle, and sons Lance, 2, and Fletcher, 6, said the family was planning a Father’s Day bike ride after the flapjacks.
Of course, without mothers, there would be no fathers. Self-described Yankee’s team-mom Christina Mosbacher helped fill up the plates as the line for breakfast stretched out the door.
She was hoping her son, Jamie, would win the prize, a Sony PlayStation, for selling the most tickets. Through a concerted effort of cold-calling and street-selling, Jamie sold 380 tickets.
“It’s not such a hard sell,” she agreed. “He’s a cute kid.”
As the raffle began, moms, dads, grandparents, sons and daughters waited for their number to be called.
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