New Britain TRIAD holds many events each year including an Intergenerational Senior Prom. In order to raise money for various events, the TRIAD Annual Pancake Breakfast takes place in March.
This year it will be held on Sunday, March 18 from 8-11 a.m. at the New Britain Senior Center, 55 Pearl St. The cost is $6 in advance at $7 at the door. It includes pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage & hash browns. Orange juice and coffee are also served.
Volunteers from the Boys and Girls Club as well as TRIAD members and their families all cook and serve the meals.
TRIAD is a national community policing initiative where law enforcement professionals, older adults and community groups partner to reduce criminal victimization of older persons and enhance the delivery of law enforcement services to these individuals. Triad seeks to bring together law enforcement, older volunteers, and social, business and aging network professionals to address the safety needs and concerns of older adults in their community and reduce the fear of crime.
In Connecticut there are over 40 Triad communities.
“We usually get 250 to 300 people at the breakfast,” said Mary Carpenter of TRIAD who cooks the bacon. “I’ve been cooking it for 10 years.”
There are raffles for such things as gift cards and baskets. There is also a bake sale.
“It goes toward the senior prom which will be held this year on April 19th,” said Carpenter. “Our theme this year is carnival. We usually get 300 to 350 seniors. It has gone on for at least 15 years.”
This year is the 20th Senior prom. It includes a band, a magician, photo booth, dinner, dancing, king and queen and more.
“It’s all for the seniors. We do things for seniors and kids. We try to get kids to help out,” said Carpenter. “The kids from E.C. Goodwin Tech come out and help us with different things like haircuts and nails and the health fair. It is meant to get seniors and kids together. We want them to do as much as they can together.”
There is also a TRIAD Lecture Series. A speaker comes out and gives a lecture every month. Topics in the past have included fraud, fall prevention and taking your medications.
“We have different topics each month. It is amazing because 30-50 seniors come out to the senior center at 9 a.m. to listen,” said Carpenter. “It starts again in May.”
Refreshments are served and each event is sponsored by an organization such as Monsignor Bojnowski.
Each year TRIAD also does a walk in the park. It was done last year at the Rose Garden, but is often done at Stanley Quarter Park. Students, TRIAD members and seniors walk the park. Then everyone plays games and has hot dogs and hamburgers.
In October, hundreds of people go to the Hospital for Special Care for the Annual New Britain TRIAD Health and Safety Expo. People get information from vendors, hear lectures, eat lunch and more.
“Please try to come to the pancake breakfast and support a good cause,” Carpenter stated. “Sometimes we do scholarships for kids too, but usually what we do is for seniors.”
New Britain has about 40 members of TRIAD who meet once a month on Wednesday mornings to discuss upcoming events and fundraisers.