The Daily Southerner
The drenching downpour on Saturday morning didn’t keep Tarboro residents from the Tarboro Kiwanis Club ‘s 22nd annual pancake breakfast in the cafeteria of Tarboro High School.
“We really enjoyed it. We’ll definitely plan on doing this again,” said Mike Barnett, a local church pastor. “It was worth going through the rain for.”
Barnett attended the breakfast with his wife, Marianne, and the couple’s sons – Harrison, 8, Wilson, 5, and Judson, 2. The boys received balloons when they walked in the door and enjoyed the freshly made pancakes and sausage links from Larry Bullock’s Quality Meats in Conetoe.
While the Barnett boys attended the breakfast for the first time, for 5-year-old twins Andrew Sessoms and Mary Liza Sessoms, going to the breakfast is a yearly routine.
“They’ve been coming every year since they were born,” said the twins’ parents, Greg and Elizabeth Sessoms. “We look forward to it every year.”
Greg said he enjoys “donating to a good cause and getting to see a lot of people in town” at the annual breakfast.
“We buy tickets every year,” said Jireau Worsley, who attended the breakfast with her 4-year-old son, Bryson Worsley. “The people are friendly. It’s for a good cause.”
By the looks of Worsley’s empty plate, she enjoyed the food.
“It was very good and hot, ready for you,” she said.
“I think the community anticipates it. I think they enjoy it. It’s become a custom,” said Gerald M. Ward, Kiwanis’ member and primary organizer of the pancake breakfast/supper. He said this year’s fundraiser went as smoothly as ever because he and “the guys” have learned to work well together. Kiwanis immediate past-president Ronnie Daughtry took the tickets at the door, while fellow Kiwanis member Charles Rountree manned the pancake griddle and Carlton Moseley, member of the Golden K Kiwanis, plated the flapjacks.
“It’s nice to have the help from the Golden K’s and Gerald’s years of experience to put it together,” said Dean Cosmos, Kiwanis Club president. He said a portion of the proceeds from the fundraiser go to scholarships for Tarboro High School and Edgecombe Community College
“It helps people who otherwise may not be able to afford to get an education,” Cosmos said.
Other organizations that the Kiwanis helps are Meals on Wheels and the Boys & Girls Club.
From the time the pancake fundraiser began at 5 p.m. Friday until the time it ended at 10 a.m. Saturday, the Kiwanis Club estimates 1,000 people were served.
“We did very well,” Daughtry said. “Neil Jackson (Golden K member) sold 170 tickets, the most ever sold.”