Restaurants make breakfast for dinner to help foster kids
Get ready for pancakes for dinner.
A local restaurant is going to serve breakfast at dinner later this week to help some of Arizona's children.
SueAnn's Apple Pan at 510 W. Gurley St. in Prescott is one of 17 restaurants (most in the Phoenix area) participating in the Hickman Family Farm's "PJs & Eggs" event benefiting Arizona's Children Association foster care programs.
"It's a fun way for all of us to help out the kids, said Mark Duncan, co-owner of the restaurant.
The restaurant will close at 2 p.m. Friday and open again from 5 to 9 p.m. to serve breakfast.
Customers are encouraged to wear their pajamas and donate new pajamas for the children.
Participating restaurants have a pajama collection container, and they are donating a percentage of the evening's receipts to the AzCA's program. All the donated pajamas will go to foster care children in Yavapai County.
Arizona's Children Association has been supporting vulnerable children and families in Yavapai County for almost 100 years, said Virginia Hout, northern regional director.
The association was founded in 1912 as Arizona's first accredited orphanage, she said, and now focuses on preventing child abuse and neglect as well as supporting families who have already experienced these traumas. Services include foster care, adoption, counseling, Child Haven crisis nursery, skills training, respite and parent education.
Hickman's is supplying the eggs to participating restaurants for that night.
Some customers will get to enjoy breakfast twice in the same day and score a certificate for a free dozen Hickman's eggs redeemable at any grocery store where the eggs are on sale.
Clint Hickman, vice president of sales and marketing for his family's business, said the event began in 2009 as they were trying to discover ways to celebrate their 65th anniversary.
The promotion took off in 2009 with about a dozen restaurants in the Phoenix area, and Hickman said the response was amazing.
"It blew the doors off of everything that all the restaurateurs were expecting," he said. "I didn't have a problem this year recruiting restaurants."
The association takes children from Child Protective Services and puts them in homes, according to Hickman, who said many kids get to these foster homes wearing only the clothes on their backs.
"We just thought PJs would be a wonderful way to do it and get family involvement," he said.
The state's only commercial egg producer began with 50 hens in 1944 and now has about 4 million of them, and Hickman said they're producing nearly 5 million eggs daily for distribution.
"I just love the family aspect of what turned out in Phoenix and I'm expecting the same," he said of Friday's event.
For more information, call SueAnn's Apple Pan at 445-8323 or visit www.pjsandeggs.net.