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Pour out your generosity and then fill up on pancakes
Kiwanis Club hosting all-day benefit for Decatur's young people

By Patrice Stewart 340-2446

You will get to eat all the pancakes and sausage you can hold Saturday, while also helping raise money for all kinds of projects around Decatur that help children and young people.

The 41st annual Pancake Day sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Decatur will be in the Decatur High School cafeteria from 5 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., so you can have pancakes for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner and even buy some to take home for later.

"I think we are about ready, and the 2,700 pounds of pancake mix donated by ConAgra is on its way," said Phil Mitchell, Kiwanis first vice president and Pancake Day chairman.

Julia Senn, head of the food lunch program for Decatur City Schools, helped him with the logistics of ordering 27,840 sausage patties, 28 gallons of pancake syrup plus nearly as much sugar-free syrup, 25 cases of margarine squares, 6,000 cartons of milk and three cases of coffee.

Mitchell said Pepsi will, as usual, donate 75 cases of soft drinks.

"Our supplies and equipment are ready, our members are scheduled to flip pancakes in three shifts, and our sponsored youth in three Key Clubs and two Builders Clubs will help serve," Mitchell said.

Through the years, the Kiwanis Club has donated about $900,000 in Pancake Day proceeds to build Decatur ball fields and parks, help with band and other school programs such as the environmental center, give scholarships, and assist facilities such as the Carnegie Visual Arts Center, Princess Theatre and Sheriffs' Youth Ranch at Danville.

Tickets are $3 in advance or $5 at the door. Call 340-2446 for information.

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