Pancake feast more than good food

February 20, 2014

For the last 55 years, members of the Clinton Kiwanis Club have been serving up pancakes and sausage to the local community during its annual February feast, an event that brings people together for good food and fellowship and serves as the catalyst for the funding of myriad local projects.

It’ll be no different this year — just as good, just as fun and just as beneficial to thousands of youngsters and adults helped by the dozens of programs the Kiwanis Club contributes to each year.

Now in its 56th year, the Pancake & Sausage Feast will be held Friday, Feb. 21, from 5 until 7:30 p.m., and again Saturday, Feb. 22, from 6:30 until 9:30 a.m., at the Sunset Avenue Elementary School cafeteria. Attendees can eat in or, if so desired, carry a plate home with them.

We just hope people will continue to support the event with the same gusto of years past, when, time after time, the cafeteria has been teeming with people who have come together to catch up, share a laugh or two, perhaps even a hug, all while enjoying some of the best pancakes and sausage you’ll ever sink your teeth into.

Sampson County residents seem to look as forward each year to the feast as they do the Super Bowl, eager to scoop up the tickets that Kiwanians will gladly sell right up until the final pancake is flipped.

Like so many other fundraising events held in Sampson, the feast offers an opportunity for people to come together, give back and get a little something in return, by way of a delicious meal and a whole bunch of thanks from the men and women who make up the Kiwanis Club.

The giving, though, starts long before the first cake comes off the griddle. Generous companies and individuals, like Smokey Norris at US Foods and the folks at Murphy-Brown helped to make the event possible, courtesy of donations of money and supplies.

Norris and US Foods contribute the 16 cases of pancake batter, along with assundry other paper products and condiments, and Murphy-Brown donates money to purchase the sausage, a whopping 800 pounds of it this year. But they aren’t the only ones who help. There’s the folks at Star Telephone who graciously allow Kiwanians to store their griddles at the local warehouse; Daren Parker at Parker Gas Co. who tests and repairs the griddles, ensuring they are ready; and Dwight Saunders of Williamson Service Center who donates a griddle, himself, to the cause.

And then there’s the Kiwanians, themselves, who give countless hours selling the tickets, making preparations for the event and working the two-day feast.

It’s no small task to put on such a tremendous event, but the Kiwanis Club members pull it off with great aplomb every year, and we thank them for it.

As we’ve repeatedly said, the event is akin to a family reunion, a place where people gather to enjoy one another’s company and the vittles being prepared just a few feet away. But the feast is much more than just good eating and good fellowship. It’s benefits are far-reaching, with money raised from the event supporting such worthwhile causes as the Terrific Kids programs in all the elementary schools; over $5,000 in scholarships for area high schools and the community college; Key Clubs in all the high schools, and projects like Back Pack Buddies, Bicycles for Terrific Kids, the Chamber’s Coat Closet, Fitness Renaissance, In-School Scouting, the Boys and Girls Homes, the Partnership for Children, Project Graduation and Relay for Life.

So while you’re enjoying those pancakes this weekend, remember the good you are doing, knowing that supporting the Kiwanis Club, like so many other civic groups in this great county, betters our community.