PITTSBURG, Kan. — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pittsburg Kiwanis was forced to cancel its annual Pancake Day for the last two years. But this year, the group is breaking out the butter and syrup once again for its one big fundraiser set to be held Saturday, Dec. 3 which will end up benefiting the community overall.
Pancake Day was the brain-child of the Kiwanis president Roy Hardin in 1949, and he convinced the club to flip pancakes to fund its service endeavors. It became a yearly tradition, and before the building was remodeled, Kiwanis members made and served the pancakes on the auditorium floor of the Memorial Auditorium.
Kiwanis volunteers, as well as its service leadership program, K-Kids, which is made up of children from Lakeside, Westside, and George Nettels Elementary Schools, will be responsible for a day of making pancakes and sausage as well as serving the food and beverages. The Key Club from Pittsburg High School and Circle K, which is Pittsburg State University students, will also be volunteering their time.
Kiwanis Secretary Janette Mauk, who has been a Kiwanis member since 2000, said the organization will use the money made from this event to help local agencies in Pittsburg such as Children’s Advocacy Center, Family Resource Center, Habitat for Humanity, Mother to Mother Ministries, The Lord’s Diner, Pittsburg literacy programs, Project Warmth, Salvation Army, Toys for Tots, Wesley House, and funding its service leadership programs like K-Kids. They also use the money to help maintain the Kiwanis Park on South Joplin Street and providing scholarships to graduates.
Kiwanis Pancake Day will be held from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 at Memorial Auditorium. The pancake breakfast will be $7 for adults and $3 children 12 and under, and includes a couple of pancakes, two sausages, and a drink. Mauk said there will be chocolate chips available for the pancakes, and additional sausage and milk will be available for purchase.
Mauk said she is proud to say that the money is going to be put back into the community, and that this fundraiser brings a big part of the community together.
“I love the social aspect of it,” she said. “It’s a big social event for Pittsburg. We have so many people who have supported us for many years. And it's a way to reconnect with the community.”
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