Flapjacks raise stacks of cash for visually impaired
Lions Club's breakfast set Saturday at Edison Intermediate/Middle School
The first part of the name -- Stacks and Tracks -- the Tri-Village Lions Club is using this year for its eighth annual pancake breakfast is obvious.
The club's fundraiser offers the chance to enjoy all-you-can eat homemade pancakes -- the "stacks."
"Tracks" refers to a special feature at this year's event: model railroad demonstrations by the Central Ohio NTrak club.
The event will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 27, in the commons at Edison Intermediate/Middle School, 1240 Oakland Ave.
"We will also have an educational component this year," said Anna Reed, a Lions Club board member.
Displays about technology for the visually impaired, Braille and programs the Lions Club supports such as Pilot Dogs, American Council for the Blind and its own Leap into Literacy program will be set up in the hallway by the commons, she said.
"Helping the visually impaired is the main mission of the Lions Club, and the pancake breakfast serves as one of the three major fundraisers we hold each year to support that mission," Reed said.
A silent auction will be held and a number of themed baskets will be up for bid, she said.
"We are offering a Sportsman's Basket, Griller's Delight, Teacher's Supplies, Dinner and Movie Basket and a Wine Lover's Basket, just to name a few," Reed said.
But the main attraction will be the pancakes, made on-site by Lions Club members.
"We have a bit of an assembly line going on in the kitchen," Reed said. "Everybody has a role in making the pancakes."
The cost is $6 per person; children under age 6 eat free. Customers who buy four tickets will get a fifth ticket free.
Groups of four or more can take $1 off the cost of their ticket before 9 a.m.
"Our pancake breakfast has become a really popular event," Reed said. "A lot of people stop by for breakfast on their way to Lazy Daze."
The Lazy Daze of Summer Festival, a separate event not related to the breakfast, will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 27 on the streets and lawn surrounding the Grandview Heights Public Library.