Kiwanis Club of Maryville members turned out in force Saturday at Maryville High School to make IHOP pancakes and raise some dough for their children’s charities, especially Imagination Library.
Pancake breakfast committee co-chair Lisa Baxter said members had seen a great response. “We’ve had a great response. We’ve had at least as many people as last year and maybe more,” she said. “We’ve had over 800 people.”
Baxter said most of the club members were working to help with the fundraiser. “We have over 75 percent who have volunteered in some shape, form or fashion. We have a great group that steps up,” she said. “Because of last year’s success, we were able to give over $80,000 to children-oriented charities, including Imagination Library, last year.”
A part of the pancake breakfast Baxter was particularly proud of this year was the children’s area. “Every year we’ve increased our children’s area. That’s our focus each year,” she said.
The group in the past couple years has been trying to slowly change the focus from pancakes to the family fun and children’s activities. “That’s our goal, to flip that so that the draw is the children’s activities, and the pancake breakfast is part of that,” she said.
Baxter said this was her second year co-chairing the pancake breakfast committee with Deanna Hall. “I believe in what Kiwanis are doing. This organization is such a great mix of individuals who volunteer their time,” she said.