Pancakes with a Princess

Junior Service League breakfast to be filled with characters

A different kind of pancake breakfast will be going on Saturday morning at Royal Oaks Events Facility. The ballroom will be filled with princesses, pirates, superheroes and Blount County children ready to share a pancake with them.

The first ever Junior Service League Princesses, Pirates and Pals Pancake Breakfast will be Saturday, May 3, at Royal Oaks. There will be two settings - one at 8:30 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m. - with seating for 200 at a time.

In attendance will be princesses like those from Disney -- Ariel, Cinderella, Belle and Sleeping Beauty -- along with pirates akin to Jack Sparrow and Captain Hook, plus superheroes like Batman and Superman.

The purpose is to raise funds for the Junior Service League’s main charity, Toys for Blount County, JSL revenue chair Candy Morgan said.

“Most of the princesses - Cinderella, Belle from ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ Jasmine, Pocahontas, Arielle, Tinker Bell and Alice in Wonderland will be there,” Morgan said. “We’ve got pirates coming and Sleeping Beauty will be there. It’s going to be a different kind of pancake breakfast.”

The breakfast menu is pancakes, bacon, eggs, sausage and fruit. The price is $10 each and tickets are available at Bristol and Bragg, Artistic Dance Unlimited or from any Junior Service League.

Tickets, however, are selling out quickly, with the 10:30 a.m. breakfast already full. Maria Greene with JSL said the best bet to check on tickets is to go by Bristol and Bragg and see if any are still available for the 8:30 a.m. seating.

Morgan said the JSL members are having as much fun as the children. “We are so excited. It’s grownups playing dress-up. We even got husbands to pitch in and be pirates and superheroes. It is going to be hilarious. We guarantee a very fun time for everyone, not just kids, but the parents included.”

Morgan said there also would be baskets to be raffled off in different categories. “We are hoping to raise somewhere in excess of $8,000 with this. We have had some very generous sponsors who have really stepped up. U.S. Food Service, Huddle House and Cisco are donating food. Other sponsors include Denso, Blount Today, Bristol and Bragg, Artistic Dance Unlimited, Chip Webb DDS, Clayton and Donnellson.

JSL member Whitney Cox is co-chair for the costume committee. The breakfast patrons will have an opportunity to get photos taken at the event and are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite princess, pirate or pal.

“Wendy Chatsworth with Red Elk Photography is donating time and bringing her own equipment and taking pictures for anyone who wants to purchase a picture,” Cox said. Parents can also take pictures informally during the breakfast.

There will also be crowns and eye patches for children who want to get into the spirit of the event. “We’ll have a trinket room where kids can buy wands and tiaras and other items for their own dress-up days,” Cox said.

The idea for the fund-raiser came about as the club searched for something to do to raise funds that was a little different. “Someone mentioned a pancake breakfast, and we thought we would take it one step further and make it more fantasy-like. From there, the brainstorming just rolled -- someone said what about princesses? And what about pirates for boys? Then we decided to do ‘pals’ so boys who wanted something other than a pirate wouldn’t be left out,” said Cox.

Cox said the idea developed further when someone suggested the adults dress up so that princesses and pirates would be serving everyone. “Some had costumes made, some had their own costumes and some are renting,” Cox said.

Cox said the JSL sought out Royal Oaks because it is a special venue. “It gives you that magical feel. It gives that atmosphere that makes you think of being at a ball. Steve and Joyce Greene have been fabulous in working with us,” Cox said of the facility owners.

Toys for Blount County is a Christmas-time donation, but members work all year to raise funds for the program. “We have to raise money throughout the year to fund the huge program Toys for Blount County is,” Cox said. “We served 1,400 kids this past Christmas and that is going to continue to grow. We have to continue efforts year around to be able to purchase what we need for these children.”

For more information about the breakfast or Junior Service League, call Morgan at 865-681-2733.

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