MONARCH — With the help of its “Pancake Partners” and the members of the community who turned out for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the Union Civitan Club raised approximately $3,000 with its annual “Pancake Day” fundraiser.
Pancake Day is one of the Civitan Club’s biggest fundraisers with club members spending the day cooking and serving up plates full of sausage, bacon, and, of course, pancakes, as well cups full of orange juice, milk, and coffee. The meals are served from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the social hall at Mon Aetna Baptist Church.
This year’s Pancake Day was held this past Thursday and Civitan President Sherri Williams said it generated nearly a thousand dollars more in revenue than last year’s.
“We took in $3,900,” Williams said Monday morning. “Last year we netted a little over $2,000 and this year it is going to be close to $3,000.”
Also impressive was the amount of food the Civitans served.
“We went through 170 pounds of sausage and six boxes of bacon,” Williams said. “We also went through 90 pounds of pancake mix.”
In addition to the increased revenue, Williams said this year’s Pancake Day has drawn praise from those who patronized the event.
“A lot of people talked about how great it was,” Williams said. “Barbara Rippy called me last night and said how everyone said it was the best one we’ve had.”
Williams said another factor in the success of this year’s Pancake Day was the increase in the number of “Pancake Partners,” the individuals, businesses and groups that help sponsor the event with their donations.
“Our sponsorship, it was awesome what we did with that this year,” Williams said. “We tripled our sponsorship from last year and all that is thanks to Barabara Rippy and Chippie Graham. They went door to door and got the sponsorships for all our Pancake Partners.”
Williams also offered a “special thanks” to an “Honorary Civitan” who spent spent all day helping the Civitans make Pancake Day a success.
“Kim Kalb works for Peggy Waller at the Inn at Merridun,” Williams said. “Miss Kim told us that she would be there to help and she was. She got there at six and didn’t leave until we’d cleaned up and locked up at 8:30.”
The funds raised by the Civitans through Pancake Day are used by the club to support a number of community activities including the Miracle League. The league recently received authorization from Union County Council to begin converting Field No. 1 at the Timken Sports Complex into a Miracle League field that accommodate special needs adults and children who want to play baseball. Council authorized the league to proceed with the work after receiving a report from MLUC board chair Amy Austin who said the group had raised $233,788.31 of the $250,000 needed to convert the field.
Williams said the Civitans plan to assist the league both financially and as “buddies” for the special needs players.
“Our main focus this year is the Miracle League,” Williams said. “The Miracle League is going to start moving dirt soon and we want to be ready for that. We want to support the Miracle League not only financially but with the Civitans as buddies to the players. Each player has a buddy who helps them during the game, whether it is at bat or in the field.”
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