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St. Albans Rotary Club’s annual pancake breakfast fundraiser set for May 13

By Ben Calwell, Metro Reporter
The St. Albans Rotary Club recently sponsored its Go Pink Male Beauty Pageant fundraiser, which benefited the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness program. Eddie Chandler was crowned “Queen” of the night. This Saturday, May 13, the Rotary Club is having its annual pankcake breakfast fundraiser from 8 a.m. to noon at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on D Street, St. Albans. The breakfast coincides with St. Albans Founders Day. Courtesy photo

Visitors to St. Albans Founders Day this Saturday, May 13, can fuel their energy by beginning the day at the St. Albans Rotary Club’s annual pancake breakfast at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on B Street.

The breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to noon. The $8 cost includes an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, served with sausages, fried apples, coffee and juice. Tickets can be purchased at the door or from any Rotary Club member.

“We’ll take donations, too,” said club President Dave DeHart.

The pancake breakfast is one of the Rotary Club’s largest fundraisers of the year, DeHart said.

The Rotary Club’s motto, “Service Above Self,” is evident in the many ways it helps out in the community.

“We have about five or six charities that we give money to,” DeHart said.

Among those charities are Christ’s Kitchen, which serves meals to anyone who needs them, and Jericho House in St. Albans. It is a nonprofit, faith-based organization that helps homeless women and children.

The St. Albans Rotary Club also funds college scholarships for St. Albans High School seniors who apply for them.

“We provide three, $1,000 scholarships,” DeHart said.

Additionally, the club helps elementary school children in St. Albans by distributing dictionaries.

“We provide dictionaries to every third-grader in St. Albans.”

Along with the city, the St. Albans Rotary Club is also a sponsor of the community garden project on Sixth Avenue.

“They gave us the property on Sixth Avenue, and we provide 20-plus garden plots,” he said.

The annual pancake breakfast is one of several Rotary Club fundraisers each year, the others being a spaghetti dinner in the fall and the recent Go Pink Male Beauty Pageant, which also benefits the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness program.

Walt Hall, Rotary Club’s assistant district governor, said the male beauty pageant was great fun for a good cause.

“The show was hilarious and attended by over 150 people,” Hall said.

Hall said the pancake breakfast is “our most attended and profitable food event of the year.”

Rotary Club members and members of the Rotary Interact Club at St. Albans High School do all the cooking and the serving.

“The annual Rotary Club pancake breakfast is an opportunity to meet our hard-working Rotarians and have a friendly conversation with friends and family, all while supporting Rotary, Christ’s Kitchen and Jericho House,” Hall said.

DeHart said the St. Albans Rotary Club has about 25 members, several of whom are retired.

“We have several retired Carbiders,” he said.

The St. Albans Rotary Club meets at noon every Thursday on the second floor of the BB&T building on Sixth Avenue.


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