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Pancake breakfast held to help fund post

BY: Kaitlin Fritz, Metro Source | February 05, 2014

While many events and fund-raisers are held at the F.J. Donavan Post for other people and groups, an upcoming fund-raiser will be held for the post�s own benefit.

An all you can eat pancake breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16 at the post, 3210 Genesee St., Cheektowaga.

For $7, breakfast includes scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, coffee, tea, orange juice and milk. The cost for children under 12 is $4 and free for children younger than five.

�The fun-raiser is to keep the doors open,� said Donovan Post Commander Nelson Odfield. �It�s all volunteer work.�

Dues for members of the post are only $38 and while that money helps keep the power on and the building heated, additional funds are still needed to help.

Since volunteers from the post often hold fund-raisers and benefits for people in the community, it was decided they would host some to help the post. Odfield said they hold about two to three fund-raisers throughout the year.

The Ladies Auxiliary will also be hosting a bake sale. Odfield said this is his favorite part and joked that if anyone wants strudel, to get there early.

�One of my favorite things to eat is strudel,� he said. �[The Ladies Auxiliary] can cook like nobody I�ve seen. I usually make sure I�m there early,� he laughed.

The rest of the cooking for breakfast will be done by members of the post with the help of volunteers from Villa Maria College. Odfield�s wife worked at Villa Maria and encourages some of the girls to come out and volunteer as community service. He said they�ve been very helpful in running the fund-raisers.

Odfield explained that these fund-raisers are crucial in keeping the doors open at the post. Donovan Post has about 200 members and he said it�s a great place to hear a good story.

With veterans as members, they have great stories to tell and Odfield said he loves to listen.

�I have a soft spot for veterans,� he explained as he described why he got involved with the post and why it�s important to keep the only one left in Cheektowaga open.

Tickets for the pancake breakfast are available by contacting Donovan Post at 896-3346 or Odfield at 634-6394. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

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