Pancakes and Princesses

Gracie Anable, 2, is awed by Cinderella (Stephanie Pflaume) at the USO Mother's Day Pancakes and Princesses event at RED’S Corner Grill on Saturday in Harker Heights. See more photos on page 6.

It was a Mother’s Day celebration with a twist. About 46 families and several Disney princesses were treated to a pancake breakfast hosted by the USO at RED’S Corner Grill on Saturday morning in Harker Heights.

“It’s a collaboration of communities coming together to be able to honor our military spouses for Mother’s Day and our military children with a touch of pancakes and princess,” said Robin Crouse, USO Fort Hood director. “We are all military-connected and work to enhance the lives of our service members and their families.”

Pioneer Services and Operation Homefront also helped coordinate the event.

“It started last year where we had a breakfast like this with military families to celebrate,” said Isabel Hubbard, USO programs manager. “When we were thinking of ideas we thought, ‘What rhymes with pancakes?’ But instead, we ended up coming up with a better tag line of ‘princesses and pancakes.’”

Military mothers were dressed up as characters from several Disney movies.

“It’s an outstanding opportunity,” said Jill Iwen, Pioneer Services manager. “It’s the best part of the job for us.”

Families spent time taking photos and speaking to Disney characters Cinderella, Jasmine, Belle and Ariel.

“My husband wasn’t here this weekend and he thought it would be fun for me and my daughter,” said Dianna Glynn of Copperas Cove, who enjoyed the event with her daughter, Emma Glynn, 4. “It’s nice and a sweet and good idea.”

The event also gave the community an opportunity to come together, Crouse said.

“Not every military family can go to Disney, so this just shows them they can be a princess wherever they are,” she said. “USO is always by their side, and from the time their children are born, we are there for them all.”

The USO will also host a Father’s Day breakfast in June with pancakes and superheroes.

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