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March 12, 2014

Kiwanis Pancake Day

Steady stream of customers in spite of weather

Athens — The Athens Kiwanis Pancake Day started with a bit of uncertainty because of the weather, but ended with a steady stream of customers.

When the last griddle had been put away, the Kiwanis had served 1,525 customers, and raised over $20,000, before expenses.

Kiwanis Park Committee Chairman Matt Tyler told the club on Tuesday that the March 4 event paid off with the help of sponsors, and members who were at their stations to feed the lines of people who had breakfast, lunch or dinner at Cain Center that day.

“It was a good turnout. There were 900 pre-sold tickets,” Tyler said. “We had about 550 between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. More than 950 came between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.”

Tyler credits the raffle sales with turning the Pancake Day into a big success.

“Raffle proceeds were $6,200,” Tyler said. “All of the raffle proceeds will go to the park.”

Raffle sponsors include Virtual Communications, Trinity Valley Electric Cooperative, Dallas Manufacturing, Redline Power Equipment and S.P Barkey.

“They really gave us some good stuff for the raffle,” Tyler said.

Members Jeaneane Lilly, with 500 and Tres Winn, with 300, sold the bulk of the raffle tickets, Tyler said.

Tyler and the Park Committee convened after the regular meeting to get ideas about new equipment and improvements that can be made to the park with the funds collected from the raffle, and to discuss long-range goals.

The silent auction was also a boost, making about $1,000.  Pancake Day is the Kiwanis primary means to support all of its local causes, serving the youth of Athens and surrounding area.

Tyler said new cooks stepped in to fill the void of some of the longtime members who were not able to be a part of the event this year.

“They did a great job,” Tyler said.

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