Let Local Celebrities Serve You at Annual Park Road Parade Fundraiser – http://www.we-ha.com

Let Local Celebrities Serve You at Annual Park Road Parade Fundraiser – http://www.we-ha.com

The annual Celebrity Breakfast fundraiser will be held on Tuesday, June 11 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, or you can choose the palate-pleasing pancakes – all of which will be 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., West Hartford.

The annual Celebrity Breakfast is a fundraiser for the Park Road Parade – which this year will celebrate is 21st year on Saturday, Oct. 5.

At the breakfast fundraiser on Tuesday, June 11, 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 100 percent of 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. WFSB News Anchor Dennis House, West Hartford Town Manager Matt Hart, Director of Leisure and Social Services Helen-Rubino-Turco, 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 my unsuccessful five-day career as a waitress back in my college days, have learned to pour coffee without spilling.]

A list of servers and their scheduled shifts is below in case you don’t want to miss being served by your favorite waiter. If you’re in too much of a hurry to sit down and eat, you can also place your order in advance and have it ready to go. Call Effie’s to order at 860-233-9653.

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

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 comprised of people who live or work in the Park Road neighborhood.


7-8 a.m.

Chris Barnes, Town Council Minority Leader

Rick Lilijedahl, Simsbury Bank

Dennis House, News Anchor, WFSB

Ryan Keating, Ryan Insurance

7:30-8:30 a.m. 

Elizabeth Paige Fierman, President, Junior League of Hartford

Jessica Pieri, President-Elect, Junior League of Hartford

Helen Rubino-Turco, Director, Leisure & Social Services, Town of West Hartford

Chris Williams, Town Councilor

8-9 a.m.

Richard Chiarappa, Music Director, West Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Kingswood Oxford

Tom Dillow, Headmaster, Kingswood Oxford

Matthew Hart, Town Manager

Ronni Newton, Editor, We-Ha.com and West Hartford LIFE

Ani Robaina, Chef, Pond House

Julianne Roth Day, President, Companions in Living

Ben Wenograd, Town Councilor

8:30-9:30 a.m.

Patti Albee, Founder, Neighbors & Friends Facebook

Jennifer Evans, Executive Director, West Hartford Community TV

Kirsten Gorski, Economic Development Specialist, Town of West Hartford

Chuck Coursey, Principal, Coursey & Company

Yard Goat mascot

9-10 a.m.

Kate Jacobson Kobs, West Hartford Chamber of Commerce

John Lyons, Weather Guru, Neighbors & Friends Facebook

Kim Yarum, General Manager, Pond House

Tracy Barrett Flater, President, Park Road Playhouse

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