Written by Christopher Gavin Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:00
The Knights of Columbus Hall on Jericho Turnpike was transformed into a diner on the morning of June 16 with bustling busboys and waiters. However, these workers were wearing Boy Scout uniforms.
The event was Troop 45’s pancake breakfast, held annually on Father’s Day for about 25 years, according to Steve Grosskopf, the troop’s scoutmaster. All proceeds from ticket and advertisement sales, which are done by the boys, go to the scouts to help them acquire a coach bus to transport them to summer camp in July, Grosskopf said.
But the day means more than just money, he said.
“I think the most important part is that the boys learn they can do anything they want if they work hard to do it,” Grosskopf said. “So this gives them the chance to work hard and raise the money for them and for the troop to keep it going and it teaches them a work ethic.”
Doors opened at 7:30 a.m. and closed at noon. The troop serves 1,200 to 1,400 people on average every year, Grosskopf said. This year the scouts sold all of their raffle tickets, a first in troop history, according to Grosskopf.
For Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss, who was also running about the hall in a scout uniform, the event is important to residents.
“It’s a great day for the community to get together,” Strauss. “You can see that the people coming here are interacting with everybody else. It’s neighbors having breakfast with neighbors; something they don’t do except for one time a year [right] here.”
After all the work is done, the troop’s senior patrol leader, Chris Mueller, said the day is reminder of what the scouts mean to the village.
“Everyone comes out and we actually get to see that the community supports us,” he said. “[We see that] people are happy to have us here.”