High School band to drum in New Year with fundraiser at Chips

The community is invited to enjoy pancakes for dinner. The Foran High School Band will be holding their first fundraiser of the year in partnership with Chips Family Restaurant.

The Foran Band, of the Joseph A. Foran High School, Milford, is comprised of students in grades 9-12 and is open to students who play at an intermediate to advanced level. Said to be the “Face of the Foran High School” and an integral part of the school community, band members participate in both concert and marching band performances and are also eligible for selection to the Foran High Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, CMEA Region Festivals and additional performance opportunities.

The fundraiser will be held at Chips Family Restaurant in Orange which has been a landmark in Orange for many years. Famous for its “perfect pancakes,” it also offers a creative lunch and dinner menu and guests are welcome to BYOB.

“We do ongoing fundraising to subsidize opportunities for students in the music program and are so appreciative of the support of the community,” said Jessica Shearer, Band Director.

Co-Owner George Chatzopoulos immigrated to the United States from Greece in 1987 and has worked in restaurant businesses for many years. He acquired Chips in 2003 and has since expanded the menu to include healthier choices (fresh local produce and whole grain items) along with Greek and Mediterranean favorites.

A popular menu feature is that “breakfast is served all day with all of your favorite pancakes” - cinnamon raisin, peanut butter and banana, black forest, Hawaiian, sweet potato and whole wheat. “We are a family restaurant,” said Chatzopoulos. “Everything is homemade and that’s what makes the difference.” He added, “Many high school students have gained their first working experience at Chips.”

Chatzopoulos frequently gives back to the community and the restaurant is home to many civic organizations’ meetings including the Orange Lions Club, Orange Rotary and Chamber of Commerce. “We are here because of the local people. I believe that providing good service, great food and a friendly atmosphere will keep our customers coming back.”

Sister and co-owner Dina Chatzopoulos Bajko explained, “We do these fundraisers for our community to give back and to help the schools and local organizations, it’s our way to give back. Orange was the original business and with each of the others we opened from there on, we tried to keep the same tradition and get very involved with the community. That’s very important for us and is a part of who we are. Without the community we wouldn’t be where we are.”

Chip’s makes fundraising easy with their “Do Good With Breakfast - Host a fundraiser with us and keep 100% of the proceeds” program. “We are more than pancake professionals,” explained Chips. “All six of our restaurant locations are committed to supporting local groups, neighboring schools, youth sports teams and non-profit organizations. One of the ways we do this is by hosting Breakfast For Dinner fundraisers.” Locations include Orange, Fairfield, Trumbull, Wethersfield, Southbury and Southington.

The fundraiser, to be held Tuesday Jan.9, Chips Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road in Orange, offers three seating’s: 5pm, 6pm and 7pm. Tickets are $10 per person with proceeds supporting the band. Tickets are sold exclusively ahead of the event by contacting Mrs. Shearer via email: jshearer@milforded.org.