May 1, 2010
Kiwanians fill us with pancakes, for a good cause
A Racine tradition for 55 years continued Saturday as the Racine Kiwanis Club served pancakes and sausages to thousands. Breakfast started at 6 a.m., there were long, but orderly, lines stretching out Festival Hall's door and around the parking lot at 9.
Inside, the smell of fresh pancakes filled the huge room, while volunteers kept things moving smoothly. As usual, local politicians were on hand to serve -- yes, to actually serve. We saw State Sen. John Lehman at the sausage station, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan refilling coffee cups, Rep. Bob Turner handing out juice... and so on down the list. Van Wanggaard, Cory Mason, John Dickert, Chris Wright, Jeff Coe... I'm sure I'm missing a few, but it's unintentional.
Music filled the ears from the Festival Hall stage. While we were there, the McKinley School Red Jazz Band played, followed by the Starbucks Jazz Band (pictured at bottom).
Event chairman Peter Buchaklian reported at the end of the evening that more than 7,000 people were served more than 40,000 pancakes! Three hundred volunteers from various groups, teams and organizations made it happen, along with 40 members of the host chapter, the Greater Racine Kiwanis Club. All proceeds go back into the community, helping to fund many local organizations supported by Kiwanians.