Pancakes, music and camaraderie were on the menu at Alcoa High School’s cafeteria Saturday morning as the Alcoa Kiwanis Club held their annual pancake breakfast.
Pancake breakfast chair Kim Spencer-Defur said that while the event raised little more than $14,000 with 567 people eating, that dollar amount could grow to more than $20,000 as sponsors and members turn in tickets.
Volunteers and guests alike had fun. “We had a great time. Everybody seemed to enjoy it,” she said.
Spencer-Defur said the breakfast is an event the community looks forward to every year. “Traditionally, it’s a time when all politicians come and politic,” she said. “We had entertainment that was very favorably received. We had our own members playing guitar and piano.”
Students from the Kiwanis Club’s schools organizations volunteered – 14 Key Club members from Alcoa and William Blount High Schools, four from Builder’s Clubs at William Blount Middle School and three from Circle K, the organization at Maryville College, she said.
“It truly is a community event,” said Spencer-Defur. “We actually have IHOP there to help. Our members who make pancakes are bombardiers and flippers.”
The bombardiers train with International House of Pancake personnel to learn how to drop the batter for the pancakes on a griddle. The flippers train on how to flip the pancakes properly.
“There is a methodology. We send our people to IHOP to learn, and we have someone from IHOP that supervises to make sure quality is as good as if you were at IHOP.”
Club president Herk Holbert said everybody had a wonderful time at the event. “We really thank the sponsors and IHOP for their contributions; they were a major sponsor. Of course we thank everyone in the community who made it possible.”
Amy Large of Maryville said she and her family had been coming to the event for years. “I like the charities they support,” she said. “They’re a big supporter of children’s charities.”
Danielle Reeves said she enjoyed the entertainment. “The music was a nice surprise,” she said.
Reeves supports the breakfast because of whom they support. “I did it for the children,” she said. “I want to help children.”
Dale Montgomery said he enjoys the breakfast because he knows members in the Alcoa Kiwanis Club. “They do very good work in the community,” he said.