Residents from Parker County once again turned out in big numbers for the the 57th Annual Rotary Club of Weatherford Pancake Supper.The event supports the Rotary Club's effort to promote literacy and wellness programs within the greater Weatherford area. More specifically, the Pancake Supper is the club's primary means of funding the scholarships it provides to area students which allows them to pursue college degrees.In the past seven years, the club has awarded scholarships to more than 75 students from the Weatherford community. The funds raised at the event also enable local Rotarians to support local charities and service organizations such as Meals-on-Wheels and the Texas Pythian Home.Sheri-Campbell Husband, Pancake Event Coordinator and Rotary President Elect, said more than 1,200 attended this year’s festivities.“We had a tremendously successful ‘Pancake Palooza’ [Feb. 19],” she said. “The final tallies regarding people served and funds raised will be announced soon, but that's not the success I'm measuring [right now].”She said the entire club came together, as it always does, to put on “the” community event of the year.“[Rotarians] all jumped in and helped, many brought family members to volunteer and everyone came in with the can-do spirit we needed to make it happen,” she said. “We've received a lot of positive comments, and Rotarians' smiling faces were the sources of a lot of those kudos.”She offered a special thanks to the club's Sergeant-at-Arms, Darren Donaldson, not only for his work on the event, but for arranging to have the crew from Teen Challenge there to help.“Those men put their hearts, their backs and their dish-washing hands into our Pancake Supper, and it wouldn't have run nearly as smoothly without them,” Campbell-Husband said. “While it takes a bit of time to know the final results of the Silent Auction, I want to offer thanks and kudos to our auction co-chairs, Marsha Barber and Kathy Wylie for all they did to make the auction a success.”Jim Messinger, who has been attending the event for the last 15 years, said he “loves it.”“What a great way to raise money,” Messinger said. “In fact, one year I tried to copy the Pancake Supper for the National Vietnam War Museum to raise funds and the workload was horrendous.”He said he had a very small group of volunteers that “worked themselves to death.” He added that it was the first and last pancake supper for his group’s fundraising efforts.“The Rotary has the volunteer numbers and their food and service can’t be beat,” Messinger said. “The price is right, the quantity of food is unlimited.“The Rotary Pancake Supper is a Weatherford institution and everyone who likes supporting the community should go. Great company to eat dinner with as well. We meet some wonderful people every year and visit with friends we only see there.”All told, thousands of pancakes along with hundreds of pounds of bacon and sausage were served to attendees - all in less than three hours.Corporate partners for the event include: Jerry Durant Auto Group, Walmart of Weatherford, Walmart of Hudson Oaks, IHOP, First National Bank-Weatherford, Oak Farms Dairy, Southwest Auto Group, PlainsCapital Bank, Progressive Waste Solutions, Texas Butane Company, QuickPrint of Weatherford, Mesquite Pit, McDonalds of Hudson Oaks and Hugh and Cissie Bradberry.The Rotary Club of Weatherford thanks all of these partners for their support of Pancake Palooza 2013.
Lance Winter, 817-594-9902, Ext. 102 Twitter: @LanceWinter