Kiwanis flips hundreds of cakes at its annual fundraising effort

Mary Katherine Murphy Staff Writer

October 18, 2013

LAURINBURG — The Laurinburg Kiwanis Club demonstrated the truth behind the idiom “sell like hotcakes” on Friday as hundreds of diners filed into the National Guard Armory to partake of the club’s semi-annual pancake feast.

More than 50 people attended the feast in the first half hour, some protesting as club members attempted to load each plate with a stack of three giant, fresh-off-the-griddle flapjacks.

“We’ve been here before — last year they were very good, and they’re still good this year,” said Jean Heath of Laurinburg, having an early dinner with her husband Barry. “We just enjoy coming for a nice evening and then going home.”

Sausage, juice, coffee and soda were served alongside the secret-recipe pancakes.

“It’s really secret — a little bit of this and a little bit of that,” said club member Ted Johnson, who would say only that the same recipe has been in use since before he joined the club 12 years ago. “I know, but I ain’t telling.”

Proceeds from the feast will be directed to the children and students throughout the area, from sponsorship of the Scotland High School Key Club and Terrific Kid awards in elementary schools to college scholarships for graduating seniors and donations to the Boys and Girls Home of North Carolina.

Johnson recalled when club members spent their time at Laurinburg’s now-closed Scotland House Children’s Treatment Center.

“To sit down with these kids that have been neglected or abused and have someone take a little time with them and show them a little love, it meant a lot,” Johnson said. “There were a couple that I would have taken home in a minute, so it is a joy and a pleasure to go to the Boys and Girls Home in Lake Waccamaw and see the good work that they do.”

The club will reprise the feast from 7-10 a.m. this morning at the National Guard Armory. Pancakes, at $6 a plate, are available eat-in or takeout.