Rotary Club shines during annual event, new attractions mean new fun

02/24/2014 11:57 AM

02/24/2014 11:59 AM

Residents from Parker County once again turned out in big numbers for the the 58th Annual Rotary Club of Weatherford Pancake Supper.

Nearly 1,400 folks showed up for the annual event that helps the Rotary Club's efforts to support a variety of causes, chief of which is to promote literacy and wellness programs within the greater Weatherford area. “Area” means students of any school in Parker County.

In the past seven years, the club has awarded scholarships to more than 85 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.

Darren Donaldson, Pancake Event Coordinator and Rotary President Elect, said he couldn’t be any more pleased with the way this year’s event turned out.

“I'm completely blown away by how great the event went, thanks mostly to the hard work of dedicated fellow Rotarians and key community leaders and business owners who donated so much time and money to this great cause,” Donaldson said. “I had the great pleasure of working with teams of the highest caliber people who exhibit impeccable integrity.”

He spoke highly of Lori Bennett and her committee saying they were “outstanding” in heading up the silent auction.

“She gets my honorable mention for her tireless efforts and personal sacrifices,” he added. “This year, I added a few new elements to the event hoping to provoke a few more smiles and raise more scholarship funds in the process, and thank the Lord it was a huge success.”

He said between the bounce house, the Weatherford High School (WHS) Drumline performances and the "Iron Gut" pancake eating contest, Rotarians saw “miles of smiles.”

The "Iron Gut" pancake eating contest was made up of five competitors: Josh Pitman of the Parker County Sheriff’s Department; Tom Seaton of the Weatherford Police Department; Bryan Smith of the Weatherford Fire Department; Jay Ford of the WHS football team and Dr. Jeffrey Hanks, WISD Superintendent.

“They boldly squared off and at the bell started shoveling,” Donaldson said.

When the dust and syrup settled, there was a clear champion - Seaton, with a total of 12 pancakes, took the bragging rights and the trophy.

All told, thousands of pancakes along with hundreds of pounds of bacon and sausage were served to attendees - all in less than three hours.

Sincerest thanks go to Rotary’s corporate partners of this event: Wal-Mart of Weatherford; First Financial Bank; Jerry Durant Auto Group; IHOP; First National Bank-Weatherford; Oak Farms Dairy; PlainsCapital Bank; Progressive Waste Solutions; Texas Butane Company; QuickPrint of Weatherford; Mesquite Pit; Chicken Express; Subway of Aledo; Aaron’s Catering; and Hugh and Cissie Bradberry.

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