Pancake Day – Twice per year

Pancake Day – Spring 2019 – Was a Great Success – Again! Thanks to all of the hard-working people who planned, worked and ate pancakes! Kiwanis Club members, High School Key Club members, Builders Club members, Major Beneficiary volunteers, Shenandoah Baseball players and the great people who donated to our cause of helping the children and families of our community.  Our largest fund-raising yet.    Thank you, Winchester!!

See the wonderful report done in 2017 by Hagerstown’s TV Channel – WGN. Click here: 2017 Fall Pancake Day in words and video.

Pancake Day Coming Up – November 2019      Join us to make this Fall another “flippin’ success!  The Sunshine Squad has been named as the Club’s Major Beneficiary for this event.  Their mission is “To spread awareness, educate and advocate for all people with Down Syndrome while providing a community of acceptance and friendship”. (Look for them on Facebook at “SunshineSquad321”.)

Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019
Location: War Memorial Building in Jim Barnett Park
Time: 7am to 7pm

Purchase tickets through Kiwanis members, participating vendors, and in discounted blocks of 35. Pricing: $6 – advance purchase; $7 at the door; Children age 4-6 $3; Children under 4 – Free.

Businesses handling tickets are: Body Renew – all three locations, Les Veach Insurance on Jubal Early Drive, The Insurance Center on South Loudoun, Zero to 60 Cafe(Delco Plaza), Steamy’s Cafe on Piccadilly Street, Stonewall Storage and Winchester Restaurant Supply (both in Stonewall Industrial Center) and at Blue Ridge Hospice Thrift Stores (Berryville Ave, Weems Lane and Stephens City – Warrior Drive).

We accommodate Take-out orders. Orders of 10 or more can be called in on the day of the event at 540-627-4511.   We have set up an area in the Entry room for Take-out orders. See you there on the 2nd!
The Old Town Kiwanis Club will be with us again. They continue to collect non-perishable foods for the local Salvation Army facility. Bring some food, eat some food. Go home completely satisfied!

The Story of Winchester Kiwanis Pancake Day
Pancake Day is a community event that was started in 1957 – over 50 years and more than 700,000 pancakes ago! Our current volume of attendees is just over 6000 happy and satisfied (stuffed) pancake and sausage lovers. Although the locations have changed over the years, the commitment to the community has not. Fifteen percent of the net proceeds of each event – Spring and Fall – are designated as major gifts to local organizations that serve children and their families based on our Kiwanis motto: “Improving our community, one child at a time”. The 2019 Spring Major Beneficiary from PCD is Blue Ridge Hospice.  They will receive 15% of the net proceeds from this event. The Fall 2018 PCD netted over $43,000 and we are hoping to hit that number again this Spring. The other 85% will be distributed to a host of local non-profit agencies during the rest of the year.

The process for you is simple – buy a ticket and enjoy the following: Pancakes (with butter and syrup) and sausage accompanied by your choices of milk, apple juice, coffee or water. AND go back for seconds, if you want more! AND meet a lot of your friends and neighbors while you are there. Your contribution helps support our community’s children.

The process for the Club is a little more involved. After getting all the tables and all the equipment set up, our early shift starts on the sausage – prep and cooking at 2:30am! The doors open at 7:00am so we can go through the following items during the rest of the day:

1600 pounds of pancake mix
2800 pounds of sausage links
160 gallons of apple juice
130 gallons of milk
Over 6,000 cups of coffee
130 gallons of pancake syrup
We don’t count the number of butter packets!
And the late crew works until well in to the night to clean up, return the room to gym status and store away all the equipment.

The overall effort takes the combined efforts of the whole Kiwanis Family: Kiwanis Club members, our sponsored youth – HS Key Clubs, Middle School Builders Clubs, the AKtion Club, and always, willing family members and friends. And our thanks to the media, who help spread the word about Pancake Day and the contribution it makes to the community.

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