Kiwanis Pancake Day set for Saturday
by James Phillips
Feb 19, 2013 | 1145 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Todd Thompson, a member of the Kiwanis Club of Jasper, cooks pancakes at a past club fundraiser. – file photo.
Todd Thompson, a member of the Kiwanis Club of Jasper, cooks pancakes at a past club fundraiser. – file photo.
The Kiwanis Club of Jasper is holding its first Kiwanis Pancake Day Saturday morning.

The group has long used selling pancakes as a fundraiser, but it has always been an evening supper event tied to a Walker High School football game. This year, the club is trying something different.

“We’ve got to get the word out to people. This isn’t a supper. This is Kiwanis Pancake Day,” said Charlie Cook, a Kiwanis member and organizer of the event.

Kiwanis Pancake Day will take place from 6 to 11 a.m. inside the cafeteria on the Jasper campus of Bevill State Community College. The menu includes pancakes and sausage with a choice of drink (milk, juice, soft drinks or coffee). Tickets are $5 per plate and can be purchased at the door.

Cook urged people to come in to eat, but he said to-go orders are also welcomed.

“I would like to see the place filled with people eating and talking,” he said. “This should be a fun community event. It will give folks a time they can sit and talk to people as they enjoy a good breakfast.”

Along with the breakfast, the event will also feature several activities for children, including face painting and balloons. The Walker County Children’s Policy Council will also be holding a Books, Balls and Blocks child development activity during the Kiwanis Pancake Day. Donna Kilgore of the WCCPC said the activity uses a variety of stations involving books, balls and blocks to track a child’s development.

“It is for children from birth to 5 years old,” she said. “It’s absolutely free, and it is a good tool for parents. It’s something the children have a lot of fun doing, and each parent will leave with an evaluation of their child.”

The Books, Balls and Blocks portion of the day will begin at 9 a.m.

The Kiwanis Pancake Day will also feature entertainment (music, singing and dancing) from several local groups.

Proceeds from the event will benefit several local charities including Daybreak, Walker County Track and Field Day, Arc of Walker County, the Daily Mountain Eagle Shoe Fund, local schools and local scouting groups.

“We have so many groups that we help, and this will be one of our biggest fundraisers of the year,” Cook said.