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Pancake Day draws crowd for worthy cause
Martinsville Kiwanis Club member Ramie Mize (right) serves Grace Fuller of Ridgeway during the club’s semi-annual Pancake Day on Thursday. (Bulletin photo by Mickey Powell)
Friday, October 11, 2013
Grace Fuller just couldn’t do without her pancakes on Thursday.
Fuller, of Ridgeway, said she visits the Martinsville Kiwanis Club’s twice-a-year Pancake Day uptown every time she can.
She had not heard that it was Thursday until her son told her about it the previous day.
“I didn’t want to miss it” this time around, Fuller said. “It’s fantastic.”
She said she likes the fellowship with people in the community as much as the food, which included sausage and two types of syrup — strawberry and maple — to fleece the flapjacks. Drinks also were provided.
The Kiwanis Club has held Pancake Days for 54 years, according to club members. It is their main fundraiser. Proceeds go toward activities to benefit children, said club President Jason Muehleck.
At mid-afternoon, club members estimated they had served between 1,400 and 1,500 meals. They anticipated serving at least 1,000 more.
“The rain had us a little worried in the beginning” when the event opened Thursday morning, Muehleck said. It eventually stopped.
“But the rain didn’t keep everyone away,” he said, noting that some people showed up while the weather was wet.
Tables and chairs were set up under tents in the parking lot at the corner of Broad and East Church streets for people who wanted to eat there. Some pancake partakers had them packaged to go.
People came to the event from as far away as Stuart, Danville and Rocky Mount, Muehleck said.
Usually at Pancake Days, “we see a lot of familiar faces, but a lot of new people, too,” he said.
Martinsville lawyer Clay Gravely, who is running for city commonwealth’s attorney in the Nov. 5 election, was one of the club members preparing pancakes. He wore an apron that noted his candidacy.
However, he said he was not actively campaigning.
“I’m just saying hello,” Gravely said.
Like Fuller, Pam Gilley of Collinsville took a seat at a table to enjoy her plate of pancakes.
“I always try to come” to show support for the club’s efforts to help kids, Gilley said.