Orange, Conn. (WTNH) - They were hard at work in the kitchen of Chip's Restaurant in Orange Thursday, whipping up some of the best buttermilk pancakes and all the accouterments you can find.
"Pancakes, bacon or sausage, coffee and eggs," George Chatzopoulos said.
All for just $10. It's Chips' annual Thanksgiving Pancake Breakfast for Charity. This is the 7th year they've done this.
"We have to help some people to raise some money and send 'em to Greece for the Special Olympics," Chatzopoulos said.
Each year, they pick a different charity. This time it's the Special Olympics. Six athletes have qualified to compete in the World Games in Greece in the sailing and golf events.
"They trained all through the summer months this year and they're gonna go to San Diego in March for training camp and then they'll start right up in May," said Laurie Jean Hannon of Special Olympics.
Regular customers like Frank DeMayo of West Haven didn't hesitate to help out.
"I love their pancakes but I grew up with a developmentally challenged neighbor so anything I can do to support the cause," he said.
For first-timers like Patricia Dolceaqua, the pancakes didn't disappoint. "Delicious, delicious, very good, very good," she said. "How can you go wrong? Look at this... I'm not gonna walk away hungry, that's for sure."
They're using Thanksgiving to give back.
"I plan on giving a lot more than $10 but you know, show my support any way I can," DeMayo said.
To help a group that always counts their blessings.
"Our athletes just surprise us everyday with what they can do," Hannon said. "They are so capable of everything that any one of us might want to try and they do it better half the time than we do."
Chips raised nearly $7,500 with this benefit last year and hope to do the same again this year.
Chips is located on the Boston Post Road in Orange.
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