Heights Arts thanks Tommy's and announces end of New Year's tradition

Tommy Fello mixing batter at the seventh New Year's Pancake Breakfast. [Image courtesy Janet Century]

For 14 years, starting in 2001, Tommy’s restaurant on Coventry Road hosted a New Year’s Day pancake breakfast as a fundraiser for the local nonprofit organization Heights Arts.

Owner Tommy Fello donated all of the ingredients as well as his own time, and a core of his restaurant staff would come in and provide a foundation of competence around which an army of enthusiastic—but not necessarily experienced—volunteers would chaotically swirl.

This year, Tommy and his crew will get to spend New Year’s Day at home with their families, as Heights Arts and Fello quietly decided last year that the 2015 breakfast would be the final edition.

With great fondness and appreciation for Tommy Fello and his extraordinary contribution to our little organization, the staff and board of Heights Arts wishes everyone who ever attended a Tommy’s New Year’s Pancake Breakfast a happy, prosperous, and creative new year. And to Tommy Fello and the terrific staff of Tommy’s restaurant, a heartfelt thank-you!

Greg Donley

Greg Donley is a founding member of Heights Arts and current president of the Heights Arts Board of Trustees.

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Volume 9, Issue 1, Posted 9:33 AM, 12.08.2015