The Fenwick Island Lions Club will host its 26th annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser on Saturday, June 2, from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at Harpoon Hanna’s on Route 54 near Fenwick Island.
“This is our annual fundraiser. This particular fundraiser dates back the entire history of our club — 25 years,” explained past-president Bruce Schoonover. “It’s an important one for us.”
The all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet will include pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, coffee and orange juice.
“It’s an incredible breakfast. It’s pretty amazing. People don’t go away hungry, I can assure you,” said Schoonover.
Tickets, which are available at the door or can be purchased in advance from a club member, cost $8 for adults and $3 for children ages 3 to 12.
Schoonover said the club hopes to raise around $3,000 from the breakfast. Through the club’s various fundraising efforts they are able to provide community services, including high-school scholarships to Indian River High School students, screening of youth for amblyopia – a condition in which the eyes send signals of different strengths to the brain, impairing one’s vision – and Meals on Wheels deliveries.
“We have a team of volunteers go to various schools. Last fall we did 13 different locations and screened over 1,000 children,” said Schoonover of the vision screenings.
“We deliver meals to seniors who are basically housebound. So, we not only, each weekday of every month of every year, provide food for these elderly but we provide some companionship. For many of these people, the folks that deliver their meals are about the only people they see all day long. These are the kinds of things that we do with the money that we get from fundraising efforts.”
Schoonover noted that, unlike some other nonprofits, the Lions Club reinvests 100 percent of incoming revenue through community support back into the local community.
“One of the things that probably makes me most proud to be a Lion is that the Lion’s movement requires clubs to finance their own club activities. That means 100 percent of the money raised from the public funds goes back to the community. We are not allowed to take administrative costs off the top of the money we receive from the public. Our club activities are paid for by the members themselves.”
He added that the Lions Club is extremely grateful for the community support they have received over the years.
“The community support has been terrific. We’ve been a very successful club over the past 25 years. We hope we will have the continuing support of the community.”
Schoonover said he hopes the breakfast fundraiser will be a big success and that the community will continue to support the club’s efforts.
“I hope that we get the support from the community, and I hope it’s a nice sunny weekend – and it is certainly a worthwhile event.”