A volunteer works at the Pankatron Saturday. More photographs from this event can be found in the photo gallery. (Photo: Wendy Heise)
Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)— The Kiwanis Club held its 56th annual Pancake Day on Saturday. The weather was perfect, and volunteers were hard at work at the Pankatron and throughout the great tent feeding everyone who showed up. Several volunteers, and some of those in attendance, were kind enough to comment on what Pancake Day means to them.
Sylvia Gay has been volunteering for pancake Day for about seven or eight years, and has been attending the event for perhaps 10 or 12 years. She says, "[Pancake Day] helps children in need, which is first priority for the Kiwanis of Park Forest. We raise money for them. Second of all, it's a wonderful community activity. Everybody gets together. It looks very successful this year. All the tables are full, and people are waiting."
Elmer Washington has been helping out about 10 years. "I do it because it's a great community event, and one of the things about life, you must keep in touch with your community and the people living there. Kiwanis provides that opportunity. Pancake Day is a perfect example of how we bring people together."
When asked about specific events and activities Kiwanis supports, Mr. Washington said Kiwanis supports the three key clubs at the Rich Township high schools. "We also support St. Luke's Presbyterian Hospital, Children's Hospital. And then there are also the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts -- any of the organizations that support young people in the village or in the South Suburbs."