LAURINBURG — Equipped with eggs, milk, flour, and a love of children, the Laurinburg Kiwanis Club has all the ingredients of a great fundraiser.
The club will hold its semi-annual pancake feast this weekend at the National Guard Armory, selling pancakes from 5-8 p.m. on Friday and from 7-10 a.m. on Saturday.
“Our main focus is on the children of our county and our area — that’s why we do fundraising and it is what we do as a club,” said Kiwanis Club member Wilson McCall. “Everything is geared around helping children and students in this area.”
The club sponsors the Scotland High School Key Club as well as the Terrific Kids Program, which awards elementary school students for their attendance and efforts in school. The club also grants four $1,000 scholarships each year to college bound students and several “bookships” for college students to pay for textbooks and instructional supplies.
Formerly an annual event, the Kiwanis Club Pancake Feast is now held in the spring and fall, and McCall described it as the club’s best fundraiser. All proceeds from the feast are directed to the club’s project account.
Cost for the pancake feast is $6 per plate for all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, coffee, and juice. Takeout plates are also available.
“We make the pancakes from scratch — no Bisquick,” said McCall. “They’re really good. I enjoy going out to sneak one every now and again.”
The pancake feast typically raises around $2,000 for the Kiwanis Club, funding two scholarships. The club also supports Project Inasmuch, which provides weekend snacks to elementary school students, and Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina.
On top of a pile of hot pancakes — and butter and syrup for those with a sweet tooth — many visit the feast simply for the social aspect of what has become a nearly 60-year tradition.
“A lot of folks come out to eat Friday night and then come out Saturday morning just to have a cup of coffee and sit down and eat and talk with everybody,” McCall said.