Date(s) & Time(s)::
Daily at 8:00 AM until 12:00 PM from August 31, 2013 until September 1, 2013
Location: Ketchum Town Square - East Avenue, Ketchum Idaho 83340
Phone: (208) 726-6642
Pancake Breakfast Free for All Beaver Creek Fire Rescuers – It’s on Jan!Return to event list.
“Thank you for saving our bacon, even if we are serving sausage.”
Jan Hoffbuhr Williams and her brother Bud Hoffbuhr grew up coming to Sun Valley, and the area has held treasured memories for Jan and her whole family over the last 6o years. Like all of us, Jan was deeply troubled throughout the Beaver Creek fire. As she watched the flames on the news reports, all those dear memories came rushing back.
“I have to do something to help. I want to thank everybody who helped save Sun Valley, it was truly an absolute miracle,” Jan told Papoose Club. In memory of her brother Bud, Jan is offering to pay for breakfast for all firefighters, police, emergency responders, support, and volunteers – anyone involved in saving our beloved valley. “Please come to Ketchum/Sun Valley, and have breakfast on me at the Papoose Club Pancake Breakfast.”
Having read that Papoose Club was offering a “fire sale” price for firefighters and EMS at the all-you-can-eat breakfast, Jan thought, “I want to pay for that.” She read further and discovered Papoose Club’s mission of promoting and assisting educational, cultural, and athletic growth for local children. Jan seized the moment and called Papoose Club with great joy at having found a way to help.
Some of Jan’s earliest memories are of being in Sun Valley with her younger brother, Bud Hoffbuhr. Their family would come to the area back in the day when the Union Pacific still owned Sun Valley, and one of Jan and Bud’s first adventures away from home was a trip to the resort with a family relative. While helping the children get on a rented tandem bike, Jan’s relative broke her wrist as the bike tipped over. While being attended to at the Sun Valley hospital, she gave the children money and sent them to the Challenger for lunch. Jan and Bud had never been anywhere unattended, let alone with money, and had never seen a cafeteria before. As they took in all the good food, their eyes as large as saucers landed on the desserts. They went straight to the dazzling red cubed Jello and whipped cream parfaits—they didn’t know there was such a thing! “We didn’t stop grinning at each other, and giggling with delight in our guilty pleasure, swearing each other to secrecy because we were getting away with something Mother would have never allowed!”
As an adult, Bud owned Hoffbuhr Excavation and for many years was involved in much of the sewer and excavation work in the growing Ketchum/Sun Valley area. “Coming through Ketchum, he could almost never skip going to the Pio for prime rib,” Jan recalls.
Jan’s sister and her husband had their honeymoon dinner at the Christiania restaurant. This honeymoon dinner has gone down in the family lore as the very best dinner of their lives. “Nothing ever tops it,” Jan’s sister tells her. Her sister recently enjoyed a fantastic meal with her husband, and as they ate, her husband asked if it was as good as their meal at the Christiania. Her answer was a resounding “It will never be as good.”
Jan’s niece spent her honeymoon at the Tyrolean Lodge in Ketchum, where she and her new husband enjoyed champagne on the balcony of the honeymoon suite while watching the sun set over Baldy. “Everyone in my family has a deep connection to the area,” Jan continued. “This has brought back all of my wonderful memories.”
“When I saw the unbelievable efforts being undertaken, the crews coming in from all over, the hot shots, the community… it was just amazing. Then when I saw on the news that the fire had turned a corner and gone from 9% to 30% containment, I put my hand over my mouth and just kept repeating ‘It’s a miracle, it’s a miracle.’”
Jan’s generous donation will cover the cost of breakfast for all those involved in the fire rescue efforts, and any leftover funds will be donated to Papoose Club to support the philanthropy and help continue the Club’s good work in the community. “Bringing back all of these memories is worth a thousand times what I am giving you,” said Jan.
So come one, come all—please join Papoose Club for an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast at Wagon Days on Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend at Ketchum Town Square from 8 to noon. For firefighters, police, emergency responders, support crew and volunteers, breakfast is on Jan! Thank you, Jan!
About the Papoose Club
60 years of Wood River Valley Tradition
Founded in 1954, the mission of the Papoose Club is to promote and assist educational, cultural, and athletic growth for the children of the Wood River Valley.