MT. VERNON — One of the largest fundraisersor the Mt. Vernon Kiwanis Club will be held Saturday at its 63rd annual Pancake and Sausage breakfast.
Hours will be from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Rolland W. Lewis Community Building. Takeouts will be available.
Ticket prices are $5 for adults in advance and $6 at the door; and $3 for children 12 and under in advance and $4 at the door.
“It’s the only fundraiser we have where we go out and ask the people for donations,” said Kiwanis President John Shrum. “We do make money by selling shakeups at the Cedarhurst Craft Fair but we don’t ask for donations in advance for that event.”
Shrum estimated the club cleared about $5,000 from last year’s event, with proceeds used for a number of projects, including four scholarships to high school students who plan to attend Rend Lake or Kaskaskia colleges.
“We do an annual Christmas party for the developmentally handicapped for a group of about 700 to 800 in conjunction with other clubs down at Benton. We also have a special fun day for the developmentally handicapped every summer at Rend Lake,” Shrum said. The local Kiwanis Club participates in a district effort to support Spastic Paralysis Research; sponsors a mini-meet for Special Olympics for 3- to 5-year-olds; sponsors two summer league baseball teams; and hosts basketball/cheerleading banquets for Mt. Vernon Township High School and Casey Middle School.
Additionally, the club donates to Lifeboat Alliance, Angel’s Cove and the United Methodist Children’s Home. This past year, the club donated over $10,000 for new mats at Casey Middle School’s new construction project.
Shrum said the club has about 10 to 12 active members, although there are about 25 registered members.
The Beta Club at Casey and the FFA at MVTHS assist the club at the pancake and sausage breakfast. The club purchases pancake mix and sausage from Bob Evans restaurant. A refrigerated truck is donated to keep milk and sausage cold prior to the meal and FS Supply furnishes propane for the event.
The club provided 220 tickets for children 12 and under and an anonymous donor provided tickets for residents at Lifeboat Alliance.
“We’ll have room for 200 to 300 people at any one time,” said Shrum. “We’re looking for a good turnout — 1,000 to 2,000 people would be ideal.”