Fundraising with flapjacks
Feb 01, 2013 (Austin Daily Herald - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Bruins coach Chris Tok finally set down the fork and knife after packing in 10 pancakes, three more than competitor Jamie Hoffman.
"Anything we do is fairly competitive, but there was no wager or anything on it," he said. "It was more him thinking he could eat more pancakes than me."
From the moment First United Methodist opened its doors, the syrup flowed at the Austin Noon Lions' 54th annual Pancake Day. The Lions' biggest fundraiser of the year brought in 1,157 paid customers, down from last year's 1,400 tickets sold.
"That's understandable given the weather," said Lions treasurer Mark Marreel. Though Lions members were still turning in their money, total profits should end up between $4,500 and $5,000, he said.
The pancake feed, which ran from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., generates money for all the local programs the Lions support.
"I've been coming here for years and it's great," said Harvey Mullenbach after collecting his pancakes and sausage from the serving line. Construction crews in the area make a point of taking a break and stop by for a quick lunch, he added.
People of all ages and professions, from county police to students, gathered in the packed basement of the church. Some came with family, while others stopped by with friends.
Earlier in the day, diabetic testing was offered and the Lyle Lionesses held a bake sale.
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