VALDESE – Users of the Valdese Rotary Club will be flipping flapjacks for a great cause this weekend.
The team will keep its once-a-year “Big Breakfast” fundraiser from 7-9:30 a.m. Saturday at East Valdese Baptist Church at 101 Eldred St. NE in Valdese. The menu will involve pancakes, eggs, egg casserole, bacon, sausage, grits, biscuits and sausage gravy and many beverages.
Tickets for the fundraiser are $7 each and every and can be ordered at Brinkley Insurance Company, Bingham Storage or Paul Mears’ Nationwide Insurance Company. Tickets also will be available at the door during the event.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will help nearby and worldwide support projects, as well as scholarships for region learners, according to member Paul Mears. Kristina Mercer, fundraising chair for the club, added that the team also gives books for the summer reading through software at Burke County General public Faculties and offers donations to “11 unique ministries among Rutherford College or university to Drexel.”
Mercer shared the historical past driving the Significant Breakfast.
“The Rotary Club of Valdese Pancake Breakfast was an once-a-year event that started off in the 1970s, but maybe as early as the 1950s,” Mercer said. “It has been a prosperous event supported by our neighborhood for over 40 yrs.
” At our previous presidents’ luncheon, we heard from two members who had been Entire world War II veterans and are now 98 yrs old. Both of those of these gentlemen said, ‘the breakfast has been going on because the early times of the club, but we simply cannot recall specifically when.’
“In 1996, the club made a decision not to have a breakfast in order to figure out what they needed to do to increase money, because the breakfast had not been bringing in plenty of resources to go over the expense for a couple of yrs. The club appreciated the fellowship with the neighborhood and made a decision to provide back the breakfast and request for sponsorships from the neighborhood.”
Mears encouraged men and women to attend the fundraiser.
“We’ll have a great deal to try to eat,” Mears said. “It’s going to be a wonderful event exactly where we get to socialize with members of the neighborhood. (Men and women can) have a tasty food and understand far more about the Rotary and the great it does for our neighborhood.”