Photos | Beach blacktop abuzz at annual Dads Club Pancake Breakfast and PAF Chalk Art Fest

Families line up for a pancake breakfast organized by the Beach Dads Club on Sept. 10.

Hundreds of Beach Elementary School families and community members filled the school’s blacktop for two fundraisers — the 18th annual Beach Dads Club Pancake Breakfast and the Piedmont Art Fund’s annual Chalk Art Festival — on Sunday, Sept. 10.

“It was fantastic to see both the Beach community and the Padres come out in such a big way for this event,” said Dads Club President Michael Gross. “There were many Beach alumni in attendance yesterday who told me that the Pancake Breakfast is a highlight of the year they continue to look forward to, even with their children off to college and beyond,” he said.

Beach Padres setting up: Matt van Waes, Rob Doebelin, Eric Wall, Michael Gross, Clark Smith

“I’m amazed at how dedicated and competent the Padres all are,” Gross continued. “It’s quite a smooth operation, a well-oiled machine. I wanted to thank our sponsors again: Mulberry’s, Piedmont Grocery, Village Market, and Alibi Coffee — and great press coverage from the Piedmont Post and the Exedra —  for their many years of support for this event.”

Padres old and new: Walter Stokes – Padre Grande (PG)#11, Will Rogan – PG#16, Michael Gross – PG#18, Peter Jaeschke – PG#17

Chalk Festival organizer Jon Schleuning said the annual Piedmont Arts Fund event raised over $1,700 for art programs in the schools. “It was fantastic to see artists of all ages, from kindergartners to parents intently working on their creations and enjoying the beautiful day,” said Schleuning. “At the end of the day, the blacktop was covered in a quilt of color. A huge shout out and thank you to Flax Art and Design for generously donating the chalk and to our high school volunteers for doing such a great job.”

Walter Stokes, Raul Jorcino (one of the original co-founders of the Chalk Festival) and Troop 4 Scouts who helped lay out the squares.

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