MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Close to 500 people gathered for a longstanding Labor Day community breakfast to benefit War Memorial Park in Martinsburg early Monday.
"It's kind of the unofficial end-of-summer event," Parks and Recreation Director Steve Catlett said. "You get a good meal, but you are contributing back to the improvement of the park."
The Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Recreation Association hoped to raise about $10,000 from the traditional breakfast of grilled steak, country ham, scrambled eggs, toast, juice and coffee. Catlett said the proceeds help fund park operations, upkeep and maintenance.
The nearly 20-acre park offers a swimming pool, six pavilions, several playgrounds, sand volleyball and tennis courts, concession stand, stage and bleachers as well as a granite memorial to all Berkeley County service people killed in action, Catlett said.
"It's the gemstone of our park system."
About 50 volunteers from the War Memorial Park Association and several community service groups helped crack eggs, cook steak and ham, toast sliced bread and serve the meals.