Kiwanis’ annual breakfast takes the cake
Aunt Jemima hasn’t made an appearance at the Kiwanis pancake breakfast for decades, but her tradition remains.Saturday, the Roaring Fork Kiwanis Club of Glenwood Springs celebrated 50 years of pancakes, eggs and fund-raising.Hundreds of people waited with paper plates and syrup, in a winding line for a Kiwanis member to serve pancakes, eggs, sausage and hot coffee.The Kiwanis club raises money for local service projects such as Books for Kids, the Roaring Fork Disaster Response Trailer and the Terrific Kids program.Last year, 1,000 people attended the breakfast, raising $5,000 for the club.”It’s the best deal in town,” said Jean McCorkle, whose employer, Jeff Leonard is a co-sponsor for the breakfast. McCorkle remembers how Kiwanis helped her son years ago. “Year ago the soccer kickboard my son’s team used for practice was taken down,” McCorkle said. “Kiwanis heard about it and replaced the kickboards. They’re very community-minded.”The majority of the money the breakfast raises goes toward a scholarship fund for high school students in the Roaring Fork School District, Leonard said. Previous Kiwanis scholarship recipients include Molly Ackerman, Michael Hoban, Cody Hillin and Jacob Ziemann.Kiwanis incurs few operating costs. Local sponsors donate food, benches and other resources, which decreases Kiwanis’ expenses and increases the amount of money the breakfast raises.Grand Avenue used to stay closed during the breakfast, which followed a parade of kids participating in Kids Day, said Kiwanis member Coy Bretthorst.Although Kiwanis still grills pancakes on the World War II-vintage military griddles, the children’s parade is no longer a part of the tradition.Contact Ivy Vogel: 945-8515, ext. email@example.com
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