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Lions Club of Clarence hosts pancake breakfast to raise funds for non-profits

BY: Kaitlin Fritz, Metro Source | February 11, 2013

The Lions Club of Clarence has been hosting an annual all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast for as long at Timothy Pazda, president of the club, can remember.

Pazda, speaking on behalf of Chairman of the event, Lion Jon Brennan and the Co-Chair Lion Gerry Drinkard, said “It’s been going on so many years that it’s just become an annual thing. The community loves it and they support us very well.”

Each year, the pancake breakfast is held at Clarence High School, with several volunteers helping out. Many students from Clarence High School volunteer at the breakfast as a way to earn community service hours. Also, the members of the club volunteer as well.

“They always pitch in and help out with seating people, serving people and cleaning up,” said Pazda, explaining how grateful he and the club are for the helpful hand.

One great thing about the fund-raisers held by the Lions Club of Clarence is that all the money that is raised goes towards different organizations.

The club helps several different non-profit organizations throughout the community, locally, statewide and nationally.

“Every penny that we raise, we give back to the community,” said Pazda. “It’s a great cause.”

Pazda added that the pancake breakfast is a great fund-raiser for the community to attend. It’s always held on a Sunday morning in the winter and he said that there’s nothing better than getting inside on a cold winter day and enjoying some fresh, hot pancakes and sausage.

He also added that it’s a great stop for church-goers to come and have breakfast on their way home from church.

The all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast this year is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12. Clarence High School is located at 9625 Main St., Clarence.

The cost for the breakfast is $7 for adults and $4 for children younger than 12 years old.

Aside from the breakfast, several different activities will be taking place throughout the morning in the school’s lobby.

Guiding Eyes for the Blind, one of the organizations that the Lions Club of Clarence raises funds for, will have an exhibit set up along with a couple of seeing-eye dogs in training.

American Legion Auxiliary will be at the event with information on sending care packages to our troops overseas.

Two years ago, a community service project was held to give residents the opportunity to order reflective house numbers. This helps emergency responders find homes easily in times of distress and will be offered at the breakfast as well.

Other local organizations that the club helps are the Clarence Food Pantry, Journey’s End Refugee Center, Clarence Schools, American Legion Post 838, Canine Helpers and Holiday Gifts for the Needy.

Pazda also wanted to extend a great thank you to Reliable Propane for their support and donation of propane for several years, including this year.

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