iwanis Club members will be cooking pancakes for hungry guests ready to support the programs the organization sponsors.
The annual Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast will be held from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at Maryville High School. A new feature for this year’s event will be an expanded children’s area, club public relations chair Regina Jennings said.
“There’s going to be a big children’s area with Bubbles the Clown for face-painting,” Jennings said. “We’ve always had a children’s section but it’s going to be bigger than it’s ever been. We wanted to expand on that,” she said.
Jennings said there also is going to be a place where children can write letters to Santa.
Jennings said the event is popular and the club appreciates the support. There are some groups they can count on every year.
“Maryville Fire Department always buy a group of tickets to support us and then everybody gets anxious for it to come,” Jennings said. “It’s really good food. It’s all you can eat, and you can’t go wrong, especially for $5.”
Jennings said the club has made additional arrangements to keep everyone fed and the lines moving smoothly. “We’ve actually got an extra griddle so we can keep the pancakes coming and a couple extra coffee pots to keep the coffee made. When it’s cold, everybody likes the coffee,” she said.
Jennings said Maryville Kiwanis only has two fundraisers a year and this is one of them, with the other being a golf tournament. “We raise money for Leadership Camp held up in Townsend every year for young high school students and then for the Imagination Library, which gives a book a month to any child, birth to age 5,” she said. “Without all the support and help from the community, we wouldn’t be able to do as much for the kids in Blount County.”
Club secretary/treasurer Bob Murphy said that the club’s two main fundraisers support 25 to 30 different programs of various levels of support.
“The biggest far and away is Imagination Library. Beyond Imagination Library and Leadership Camp, we have other scholarships and programs developed to help young children,” he said.
Murphy thanked IHOP for their continual support of the event. “Once again we’re privileged to have IHOP as our major sponsor. They’re providing IHOP pancake mix,” he said. “A very high percentage of the ticket price goes straight to projects we fund, thanks to IHOP working with us on this.”
Murphy said ticket sales are probably running about equal from last year. “We’d like to break a record. We’d love to have folks waiting Saturday morning at 7:30,” he said.
Regarding sponsorship dollars, Murphy said they are working to catch up to their goal. “We’re probably $3,000 short of where we want to be,” he said. “Any support we could get would be most welcome.” Murphy said the breakfast is still $5 and children under 10 eat free with an adult.