By Jeremy Coumbes
WLDS WEAI Radio
The 72nd annual Kiwanis Pancake and Sausage Day will have a different look this year. The event is scheduled for Monday, March 15th from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will be a drive-through only event.
Co-chairs for this year’s event are Marcy Patterson and Lori Large Oldenettel. Patterson says the drive-through event will be held on the Routt / Our Saviour School grounds with traffic entering via East State Street and meal pick up provided at Routt.
Patterson says although the event is technically at Routt this year, the cooking operation has in fact, not moved.
“The Kiwanis Club was very excited when Mike Hayes bought the McClelland Dining Hall and made it available for us to lease. We’re super excited and we’re gonna cook just like we always have and package everything up as carry-out only.”
Patterson says the Kiwanis Club is very grateful for cooperation by Routt and Our Saviour who met and agreed to schedule a Faculty Retreat that day so school will not be in session during the hopefully heavy traffic going through the school parking lots.
She says all of the money raised each year at the Pancake and Sausage Day event goes back into the community.
“It’s a huge impact for the entire community. We raise between $25,000 and $30,000 every year and give back to this community, for kids. We’re super excited that Hamilton’s is on board helping us out again this year with equipment. We have the same sponsors, so people have been very generous to us. We’re excited to be able to host this event.”
Patterson says due to the pandemic, the club wanted to be supportive of what people have been through in the last year with a price adjustment.
“So for the first time ever we decreased pricing, we went to a straight pickup price of $5. I believe last year it went up to $7 even. We took our pickup prices back down to $5 and that was something everyone could afford. Another change is it is no longer free for kids, it used to be for every adult that came in they could bring in as many kids as you wanted. We didn’t feel that we had any way to adequately address that this year, so we just made it $5 tickets for everybody.”
Patterson reiterates that 100% of the funds raised by the club at this event goes back into the community serving children. She says the club considers the event a community fundraiser and can’t ask enough for the community to get on board to help with that effort.
Proceeds from the Jacksonville Kiwanis’ annual Pancake and Sausage Day have provided in many different areas for the benefit of the children of Jacksonville over the years. The club has used proceeds to purchase and build the large green play toy complete with the musical addition that Patterson says was added approximately three years ago.
The Kiwanis Club is also a sponsor for North Elementary School, provides a book to each kindergartner and helps sponsor events such as Diaper Bags to Backpacks, Jacksonville Area Baseball, the Minnie Barr Park Project, as well as providing car seats for those who cannot afford one. All of these things are provided by the profits raised at the annual event.
So when you drive through the Routt / Our Saviour parking lots this year and then sit down at home to a fresh hot stack of pancakes, remember that you are helping to provide a little bit of health, safety and fun to the children of Jacksonville. It is the hope of the Kiwanis Club members that next year we can all enjoy a stack of pancakes together again in the McClelland Dining Hall just as Jacksonville has for more than 70 years.
Tickets are available for $5 each from any Jacksonville Kiwanis Club member or at The Source Newspaper. Patterson says each meal will be made up of four pancakes and three sausages.
More information can be found on the “2021 Kiwanis Pancake and Sausage – Drive Thru” Facebook page.