Pancakes will be on the minds of Alcoa Kiwanis members April 19 when they host their annual pancake breakfast at Alcoa High School cafeteria.
The event begins at 6:30 a.m. and runs until noon. Tickets are $5 apiece and can be purchased from Alcoa Kiwanis members. “All the money goes into service projects the Alcoa club has in the community,” said Alcoa Kiwanis public chair Bill White. “One way or another, we’re serving children.”
White said the funds don’t all go to just Alcoa or Maryville charities. The club also provides funds for Children’s Hospital and for the Ronald McDonald House. “Most is used here with literacy programs and helping support youth baseball and a lot of times with emergency needs for families with children,” he said. “Each year we probably put back into the community $25,000, most of which is raised through the pancake breakfast.”
White said the club raised $20,000 in the 2007 breakfast, and they hope to at least match that amount in this year’s effort. “We hope to get more but that’s the basic goal. The other major fund-raiser is concession sales at the Steve Kaufman pickin’ camp at Maryville College.”
White said the Alcoa club has 85 members and was organized in 1954. “We’re a little over 50 years old. We were kind of an off-shoot of the original Maryville club.”