MT. VERNON — The Jefferson County NAACP will hold its 11th annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Rolland Lewis Building at Veterans Park.
Organizers hope to raise at least $1,000 from the event.
The money will primarily go toward the training of local NAACP members, as well as for scholarships awarded by the organization, said Rev. Ron Lash, president of the Jefferson County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Funding from the event may also help provide heating and cooling assistance to seniors in the area.
To Lash, the breakfast not only serves as an effective fundraiser, but also encourages community involvement in the NAACP.
“It's to allow people to know that the NAACP is in the area, and we want the whole community involved,” Lash said.
Sometimes, Lash said, people have the mistaken impression that the NAACP is a strictly African American organization.
That is not the case as the organization is open to everyone and deals with many universal issues such as legal redress, employment, health care and more, he said.
“We are a community organization,” Lash said. “We're reaching out to all the community.”
Elbert Cain, first vice president of the Jefferson County NAACP, said the breakfast offers a great chance for NAACP members and local residents to come together and enjoy a good meal and conversation.
“More often than not, it's a fellowship,” Cain said. “It's a bunch of people sitting around, talking and eating.”
Tickets for this year's event are $5 per person, compared to last year's ticket cost of $6.50. Organizers decided to lower the price to make the event more affordable in these tough economic times, Cain said.
The breakfast is an all-you-can-eat meal that includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee, orange juice and milk.
Lash said the sheer variety of food offered makes the NAACP event different from other pancake fundraisers.
“It's not limited to just pancakes and sausage,” Lash said.
Lash added he hopes 200 to 300 people attend Saturday's breakfast.
For tickets or more information, contact James Malone at 244-6235, Rev. Lash at 241-9004, or Dorothy Porter at 242-7062.