By RICK HAYES
MT. VERNON — —
Raising funds for local youth and providing a wholesome family event are the goals of the Mt. Vernon Kiwanis Club when it sponsors its 62nd annual Pancake and Sausage Day on Feb. 23.
The event will be held from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Rolland Lewis Community Building at Veterans Memorial Park. Carryouts are available.
“We support children in the local community,” said President John Shrum. “It’s our major fundraiser of the year. Whatever profits we have from this event goes directly to local students.”
Assisting the club are members of the Casey Middle School Beta Club and the Mt. Vernon Township High School FFA Club. Bob Evans Restaurant is providing sausage, pancake mix and syrup, Kroger is providing coffee, and Prairie Farms furnishes refrigeration, milk and butter. The Wielt family provides gas and propane since club members do their sausage cooking outdoors.
Adult tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the door. Children 12 and under is $3 per person and $4 at the door.
The Kiwanis Club annually provides four student scholarships to Rend Lake or Kaskaskia colleges. The club also sponsors the annual basketball banquet for boys’ and girls’ teams at Mt. Vernon Township High School, and is a sponsor of the Casey Middle School Honors Night.
Additionally, the club participates in the Division 33 summer Fun Day at Rend Lake for hundreds of developmentally handicapped residents of Southern Illinois, participates in Spastic Paralysis Research, a Kiwanis district project, hosts the annual Christmas party at the Benton Civic Center for about 700 developmentally handicapped, and sponsors two Mt. Vernon summer league baseball teams.
The club also provides trauma dolls, created locally, and donated to fire, police and hospital personnel for tragedies involving children.
Shrum said the club also provides food and funding to Angel’s Cove, a local maternity home for single mothers, and supports the Methodist Children’s Home.
Last year, about 10,000 pancakes were served, netting the club about $5,000 in profits. An anonymous donor purchased 200 tickets for last year’s event that were given to junior high students at Casey, Shrum added.
Tickets may be purchased from any Kiwanis Club member or by calling John or Joyce Shrum at 204-5598, Jim Shurtz at 237-1220, Costa Law Office at 244-2477, Glenn Littrell at 237-6493 or Richard Kennedy at 214-1514.