Members of the Cape Ann Amateur Radio Association have hit upon an innovative fundraising opportunity that also provides a valuable social component for its members: breakfast is served at the “Cafe CAARA” twice each month at its Stanwood Street club house in Gloucester.
“One [breakfast] is for the scholarship fund which we give two $250 scholarships to Rockport and Gloucester High graduating seniors who will be going to a technical, engineering college or someone entering the trades,” reports CAARA president Jon Cunningham, K1TP. “The second breakfast proceeds go to our building fund. We are eating our way to balancing the budget, improving the club facility, and funding a CAARA Scholarship Fund. Stop over the club and enjoy a delicious meal.” Cunningham says this year CAARA plans refinish the club house’s first-floor hardwood floor.
The club took in proceeds of $363 at its last breakfast.
The breakfast menu typically consists of “eggs your way”, pancakes, french toast, bacon, sausage, hash browns, english muffins, wheat toast, orange juice, and coffee.
“Everyone has a great time,” adds the club’s “top chef” Bill Morris, W1WMM. “I’m very happy we are doing the food events. The breakfasts are great for club fellowship.”