Big Breakfast fundraiser will be a gourmet’s delight Pancake Breakfast hosted by the Rotary Club of Valdese is an annual event started in the 1970s, but possibly as early as the 1950s and ever since, the showcase draws huge visitors.

Visitors enjoy last year's breakfast fundraiser. Photo: Submitted
Visitors enjoy last year’s breakfast fundraiser. Photo: Submitted

Members of the Valdese Rotary Club (North Carolina, US — D 7670) will be flipping flapjacks for a good cause this weekend.

The group will hold its annual “Big Breakfast” fundraiser from 7-9.30 am Saturday at East Valdese Baptist Church at 101 Eldred Street NE in Valdese.

The menu will include pancakes, eggs, egg casserole, bacon, sausage, grits, biscuits and sausage gravy and various beverages.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will support local and international service projects, as well as scholarships for area students, according to member Paul Mears.

Kristina Mercer, fundraising chair for the club, added that the group also provides books for the summer reading programme at Burke County Public Schools and gives donations to “11 different ministries between Rutherford College to Drexel.”

Mercer shared the history behind the Big Breakfast.

“The Rotary Club of Valdese Pancake Breakfast was an annual event that started in the 1970s, but possibly as early as the 1950s,” Mercer said.

“It has been a successful event supported by our community for over 40 years.”

“At our past presidents’ luncheon, we heard from two members who were World War II veterans and are now 98 years old. Both of these gentlemen stated, ‘the breakfast has been going on since the early days of the club, but we cannot remember exactly when.’

“In 1996, the club decided not to have a breakfast in order to figure out what they wanted to do to raise money, since the breakfast had not been bringing in enough funds to cover the cost for a few years.”

“The club enjoyed the fellowship with the community and decided to bring back the breakfast and ask for sponsorships from the community.”

Mears encouraged people to attend the fundraiser.

“We’ll have plenty to eat,” Mears said.

“It’s going to be a great event where we get to socialise with members of the community. (People can) have a delicious meal and learn more about the Rotary and the good it does for our community.”

Tickets for the fundraiser are $7 each and can be purchased at Brinkley Insurance Agency, Bingham Storage or Paul Mears’ Nationwide Insurance Agency.

Tickets also will be available at the door during the event.

Source: The News Herald

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