It was the night that showcased the pancake and all of its fluffy glory.
At the end of the night, members of the Brownwood Kiwanis Club had served more than 4,000 residents during the 60th annual Kiwanis Pancake Supper. Pancake chairman Dennis Graham prepared for weeks for this big day and worried about running out of food.
“We took it down to the wire,” Graham said. “But we managed to make it through the night without running out of anything. Nobody went away hungry.”
During the three-hour event, Kiwanis members went through 700 pounds of pancake mix, 6,000 sausage patties, 7,000 packets of butter and 36 gallons of syrup. Although the serving line was moving quickly during the first half of the night, the line started to slow down during the second half of the night. At one point, the serving line was wrapped around the half of the Brownwood Coliseum.
“It was the biggest pancake supper ever,” Graham. “It was a lot of fun and we raised a lot of money.
While the official total will take a few days to calculate, Graham is confident the total is more than $24,000. The money raised from the pancake supper goes to fund more than 19 youth organizations in the Brown County area. Over the last 59 years, the pancake supper has raised more than $92,000 — a total that has been reinvested into the youth.
By 9:30 p.m., Graham and the other members of the Kiwanis Club locked the doors to the coliseum. While it was a busy three hours, each member is willing to put in the hard work each year. Like the Kiwanis’s mission statement, they want to improve the world one child at a time with each pancake served.
“Special thanks goes out to all the Kiwanis members helping out Tuesday night and to members of the Key Club and Boy Scouts,” Graham said. “Without their help, we couldn’t have pulled it together.”