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February 18, 2013

Pancakes served for a good cause

Tarboro Kiwanis Club holding 22nd annual pancake fundraiser

ROCKY MOUNT — The Tarboro Kiwanis Club will serve up pancakes for a good cause in the Tarboro High School cafeteria this weekend.

Folks have two opportunities to support the Club’s 22nd annual pancake fundraiser – Friday from 5 until 8 p.m. and Saturday from 7:30 until 10 a.m.

“We use the proceeds from that for various community projects, such as scholarships at Tarboro High and Edgecombe Community College, Hospice, Meals on Wheels, the Boys & Girls Club,” said Wayne Boyette, Kiwanis Club past-president. “We are a community-oriented service organization with a focus on youth.”

The breakfast/supper is all-you-can-eat, eat in or carry out. Larry Bullock’s Quality Meats in Conetoe is providing the link sausages that will be served alongside the pancakes.

Tickets are $7 at the door and $6 in advance. Children ages 6 and under eat for free. Advance tickets are available at Bryan Drug and the Edgecombe County Memorial Library.

“It’s really a good time to get out and meet and fellowship with people,” Boyette said. “We’ll serve anywhere from 900 to 1,100 plates.”

The Club raised about $2,500 from last year’s pancake fundraiser. The majority of the funds raised go to scholarships for local students.

“Some people are going to have a difficult time paying for the rising cost of college education without some sort of assistance,” Boyette said.

“We also have a program called, ‘Terrific Kids.’ We go to elementary schools and kids can get prizes (such as) school supplies,” said Ronnie Daughtry, immediate past-president of the Kiwanis.

“We just try to fill some cracks that need to be filled where there are gaps in funding,” Boyette said. The Tarboro Community Outreach Center, a local homeless shelter/ food pantry/ soup kitchen, also receives assistance from the Club.

The Club has assistance for its largest annual fundraiser from another local service organization.

“Members of the Golden K Kiwanis help us. We could not do the pancake supper without the Golden K,” Daughtry said.

The Tarboro Kiwanis Club was chartered in June 1921 and has been fulfilling needs in the community ever since.

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