A record number of people turned out for the recent P.E.A.S.E. Pancake Breakfast fundraiser, and the amount of funds raised reached a new high, said Director Michael Durchslag.

Even with a power outage preceding the big gathering at the school’s space near the University of Minnesota, students and staff cooked sausages, flipped pancakes, poured juice and made coffee for a substantial group of supporters. Special presentations began with teacher and resident artist Heather Zemien, who talked about the students’ artwork.

New MTCS board member Rand Retterath was also introduced by Durchslag and spoke briefly. He was followed by several women from Minnesota Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous, which holds an annual conference and encourages teens to get involved in AA. Lastly, a current student spoke at length about her own entry into the program, falling back and returning to successful recovery. The crowd was highly engaged and responsive as it heard firsthand about her experience.

“I would like to thank everybody who helped make it such a successful event,” Durchslag said.