Kid-friendly breakfast

Maryville Kiwanis serve up pancakes to benefit youth programs

If projections hold true, the Kiwanis Club of Maryville will hit their goal of $19,500 from the annual pancake breakfast held Saturday, Nov. 20, at Maryville High School.

President Robert Russell said that while final figures aren’t in, they definitely brought in more than $18,000. “We’re hoping to get $19,500. We had over 900 attendees. Our budgeted goal was $19,500 net,” Russell said. “We were very, very pleased. People had a good time working, and people who came had a good time as well, It is all for such a good cause - our youth projects in Blount County.”

Russell said the biggest difference between this breakfast and the 2009 event was members developed a process in the kitchen that worked well. “There were not any back ups at all. People came, turned in their ticket and went straight to the serving line,” he said.

Russell appreciated the support that was evident by the large number of folks who continued to arrive to eat. “It is very gratifying. It shows people in this county really care about the youth of the community,”

The club president said folks from all walks of life came to the breakfast, as did officials like city managers, judges and county commissioners. Alcoa Kiwanis Club members also supported the breakfast in a very big way, as the Maryville Kiwanis always supports their pancake breakfast each spring, Russell said.

“The Imagination Library, our Youth Leadership Camp, school clubs like Key Club, Builders Club, Circle K and K Kids all receive support from funds raised by this breakfast,” Russell said.

Russell was quick to thank International House of Pancakes . “They provide huge support and provide it all for free,” he said.

The club president said members enjoyed the pancake breakfast. “About 50 members volunteered,” he said. “They love to see happy faces, and they love the camaraderie of working with each other.”

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