Saturday hotcakes are Kiwanis fund raiser

It was the late-risers who really caused the members of the Kiwanis Club of Maryville to hustle.

The annual Kiwanis Club of Maryville Pancake Breakfast was held Nov. 10 at Maryville High School cafeteria. Hungry diners crowded the cafeteria to eat pancakes beginning at 7 a.m., and youngsters could eat and play with students from the Maryville High School Key Club and the Building Clubs from Eagleton, Maryville and Heritage middle schools.

Kiwanis board member Robert Russell the big crowds started coming in between 8:45 and 10 a.m. “We did real well until then,” Russell said. “And, even though we had the best team in kitchen ever, we still had a hard time keeping up with the crowd that slept in.”

In addition to the children’s activities, club members also manned booths that signed up children for the Imagination Library and recruited adults to join the club.

“It was a huge financial success for our programs, and we did several other things at the same time,” said Russell.

Club secretary/treasurer Bob Murphy said the event brought in around $20,000. “My best projection is our gross income will be $20,500 and our net will be about $19,000,” he said.

Murphy said they fed approximatelyl 750 or 760 people. About 36 individuals helped prepare the food and clean up after the meal.

Club member Regina Jennings helped organize the effort and said the event went well. “ I know we did 477 tickets at the door which is really great,” she said. “We had a total of 33 sponsors.”

Jennings saw more children at the breakfast than in previous years, she said. “The face painting, the kids really loved it. I think there was more kids there than I remember last year, so that was good,” she said.

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