Pancake Days

What’s sticky, sweet, filling and fulfilling? Kiwanis Pancake Days, of course.

The 59th annual event will take place Friday and Saturday at First Congregational Church in Marietta. Tickets for the all-you-can eat event are $5 in advance or $7 at the door, with children under 5 eating for free.

The local chapter of Kiwanis International will celebrate 91 years in March and this fundraiser helps to finance its service projects around the community, including Terrific Kids at Harmar Elementary, the BUG (Bringing Up Grades) program at Phillips Elementary, Storybook Park and Sunday Funday at the Washington County Library, landscape improvement projects and many others.

“Pancake Days is our largest fundraiser,” said Tom Hushion, a co-chair of the event this year. “All the proceeds go back into the community.”

Of course giving to a worthwhile organization is made that much

Typically the organization shoots for roughly the same $20,000 goal each year.

It takes 240 pounds of pancake mix, 200 pounds of sausage, 414 pounds of syrup, and, through a donation from Broughton, 20 cases of milk, 20 cases of orange juice and four cases each of butter and creamer, according to Hontz.

“We also have over 100 volunteers, including kids from the middle school builder’s club, Key Club and Circle K, and 60 baskets, put together by (member) Linda Eddy,” Hontz said.

Some of the themed baskets this year will include Ohio State, Family Game Night, Family Movie Night, LEGO and Angry Birds.

“There’s a raffle and silent auction both days featuring items from local businesses and Kiwanians,” said Eddy.

Kiwanis meets every Tuesday at noon at the Gilman United Methodist Church in Marietta and is always welcoming new members.

One newer member is Restore Marietta executive director Mallory Greenham, who said she will be helping at the event for the first time.

“I’ve heard good things and am looking forward to volunteering,” she said. “I know they always have tons of food and tons of baskets and it is a really good fundraiser for them.”

Some of the bigger items in the raffle and silent auction include a TV from Shadix donated by an anonymous community member and a smaller sized grocery cart filled with food items and gift cards.

The hours for Pancake Days will be 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday.