Coal Grove Lions to host annual pancake breakfast

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 18, 2003

To aid their efforts in helping local children see better, members of the Coal Grove Lion's Club want everyone to bring their appetites to its annual pancake breakfast Saturday.

The Harold Haney Annual Pancake Day will be hosted in the Dawson-Bryant High School gymnasium from 7 a.m. until noon Saturday, said Frank Harmon, club member and pancake chef for at least the past 25 years.

Attendees get all the pancakes, sausage and drinks they can handle for $4 at the door or $3 by buying a ticket from a member before Saturday.

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All proceeds are used to buy eye glasses for children in need and to provide scholarships for area high school students, he said.

The club has sponsored the breakfast for at least 50 years, Harmon said. It is named for Haney because he was one of the club founders and an avid supporter of Pancake Day, said Lion's Club President Tom Brammer.

A few months ago, a student broke his glasses right before he was going to take the proficiency tests. Rather than waiting a month before the family could buy new ones, the Lion's Club bought him a new pair in time for the tests, Brammer said.

"We just do whatever we can to help," he said. "We make a little money to give back to the community."

The club tries to make it fun for the kids by serving up shaped pancakes that resemble the Easter Bunny, Mickey Mouse and more, Brammer said.

"We have a good time," he said. "It is just something we do to play with the kids."

Many people help make the event possible including club members and Boy Scout Troop 103, Brammer said. The Lion's Club is always in search of more members.

For the past few years the group has also hosted Breakfast with Santa, an event free to the community that helps cover the club's expenses.