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Football Flapjack Fundraiser Hosted By 2019 Bruin Squad
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Riverbank varsity football players Jacob Allen, 54, and Easton Gutierrez, 12, greet diners at the front desk at Applebee’s in the Crossroads Shopping Center on Saturday, Aug. 31. It was all part of the football team’s flapjack fundraiser, where supporters bought tickets for a short stack breakfast that was held between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., before the restaurant normally opens. Ric McGinnis/The News
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Bruin tight end William Kendrick, 88, and fellow players serve patrons at Applebee’s on Saturday morning during a two-hour fundraiser the team held before normal store hours. Players sold tickets the week before for the flapjack fundraiser, with proceeds going towards equipment and other activities for the Riverbank varsity football team. Ric McGinnis/The News

Flapjacks were flippin’ early Saturday morning, Aug. 31 at Applebee’s in the Crossroads Shopping Center in Riverbank.

The restaurant opened its doors from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., before its regular hours, so the Bruin varsity football team could hold a fundraiser, featuring a short stack of pancakes and a couple of strips of bacon for those who helped support the team.

Varsity head coach Anthony Buich said he appreciated the support from the community, that about 117 tickets were sold.

And football players staffed nearly every position in the restaurant that morning, from greeters at the doors, to servers, even bus boys (and girls) to do the clean-up.

Everything was back as it should be by the time the restaurant opened for its regular hours, at 10:30 a.m.

As for other Riverbank sports fundraisers coming up, the Bruin Boosters organization has a few lined up through the next few months, and is asking supporters to mark their calendars for the events.

Sept. 25 and 26 – Carl’s Jr.: The Riverbank drive-in will be donating 25 percent of all sales generated by friends and family to the RHS Athletic Boosters.

Oct. 19 – Black Oak Casino Bus Trip: Seating is limited; ticket information can be obtained by e-mailing

Nov. 4 –Annual Tri-Tip Drive-Thru Dinner: Food for a family of four, for $45, includes one full tri-tip, four baked potatoes, a bag of salad, four rolls and four brownies.

Feb. 29, 2020 – Annual Crab Feed and Shrimp Dinner: Saturday dinner and dance will be at the FES Hall in Oakdale. Information on ticket sales will be available on the Bruin Boosters Facebook page. The event is on the last Saturday in February, and with 2020 being a leap year, the date is Feb. 29.

In addition to equipment for RHS sports teams, the Boosters Club provides scholarships for families that participate.