The story behind ‘Keggs & Eggs’

Category:  News
Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 at 9:55 PM

Bufalino’s “World Famous Keggs and Eggs” is more than just your average party. It’s about coming together to reminisce on college days. It’s about coming together for one cause. It’s about having a good time with friends.

To some students, when they hear “Keggs & Eggs,” they think of it being a drunken escapade. What they don’t know is the true story and meaning behind the homecoming extravaganza.

It all started when Joe Bufalino, a 1995 graduate of Edinboro, and his buddies went to a small party during the homecoming weekend of ’96 that had a dozen eggs and was rather “boring.”

The next year, Bufalino offered to have a better party at his small apartment. They cooked eggs, french toast and made coffee. His mother called and said “they should do this outside their family home next year for all generations of alumni to enjoy,” including alumni Joe Sr., Joe Jr., brother Andy, whom graduated in 2003, and in memory of his brother Lincoln.

The Bufalino home has become an old stomping ground for all alumni. Bufalino’s grandparents originally bought the house as a rental. From 1966 to 1970, Joe’s father, Joe Sr., attended Edinboro and graduated in 1970. The house became the “unofficial house for TKE and his buddies to enjoy,” said Bufalino. “It eventually became this major alumni function for generations of alumni to come over, reminisce, [and] eat breakfast and drink.”

With 18 years under their belt, the alumni event has become a legacy.

Last year alone, over 2,000 people attended Keggs and Eggs as part of their homecoming festivities.

The Edinboro tradition occurs at the family home, 215 Erie Street, and offers a full breakfast that is cooked by Bufalino’s mom and 20 of her friends. Beer and liquor are also provided with proper identification. The event runs from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Small donations are accepted at the door.

“It costs between $10,000 to $15,000 to throw the party. Last year, we made a couple thousand for the foundation,” Bufalino said.

A portion of the proceeds from the event go to the Lincoln Daniel Bufalino foundation, which honors Bufalino’s brother, who passed away. He attended both General McLane and Edinboro University of which he played football for both and received a teaching certificate from the latter.

The $3,300 scholarship goes to General McLane seniors that are pursuing education and love sports even if they’re not an athlete.

The family also does a gun raffle to add to the foundation and Bufalino said he hopes to see Keggs and Eggs be their major fundraiser for this cause.

“It’s a major event for alumni. I volunteered to make the party better and it still is,” he said.

T-shirts will be available, a band will be there playing and bagpipes come to play as well.

The event will be Saturday, Oct. 10, before the parade, for everyone 21 years of age and over to enjoy.

Karlee Dies is the News Editor for The Spectator. She can be reached at eupnews.spectator@gmail.com.

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