HARKER HEIGHTS — Ellie Whittaker, 5, devoured the bacon and sausage first, saving her pancakes for last.
“Pancakes for dinner are my favorite,” she said, dunking her pancakes in syrup.
The Harker Heights Kiwanis Club held its 43rd annual pancake supper Saturday at Harker Heights Elementary School. More than 300 people lined up to have breakfast for dinner to support the groups many charitable works.
Kiwanis Club members manned their respective stations Saturday like well-oiled machines, not missing a beat.
Ron Rainosek, a member since 1979, had his flip down to a science.
“You have to work your way up to making the pancakes. You have to start washing the dishes, making the bacon and serving the line,” said Rainosek, loud enough to get a rise out of the members in charge of making the bacon.
Members began making batter, flipping flapjacks and crisping bacon at 3 p.m. for the 5:30 p.m. feast.
“Even though we are all poking fun at one another, I really enjoy the camaraderie we have in the kitchen,” said Dick Dinwiddie, a member of the club since 1978.
Before the night was over, more than 500 pancakes, 120 pounds of bacon and 40 pounds of sausage were consumed.
The fundraiser featured all-you-can-eat buttermilk and blueberry pancakes, flavored syrups, Wrights bacon, sausage, juice, milk, coffee and iced tea. Diners were entertained with music courtesy of Alice Kolin on the piano, door prizes and a silent auction.
Raffle items included a framed original watercolor painting by local artist Joe Friddle, a framed Ducks Unlimited print and two gift card baskets worth $125 each.
Serving pancakes and placing American flags in yards six times a year are the primary ways the club raises money to help those who need assistance.
One of the programs funded by the pancake sales and raffle is five scholarships for Harker Heights High School seniors. The scholarships are co-sponsored by the Kiwanis Club and the family of the late P.R. Cox.
The funds collected also will assist the club in its continued support for the Santa Pal program, Heights Food Care Center, school supplies for needy children, C.R. Clements Boys & Girls Club, Peaceable Kingdom, Ronald McDonald House in Temple, Eastern Hills Middle School Builders Club, the Children’s Miracle Network, Indian Oaks Nursing Center and the Kiwanis International Eliminate Project to eradicate maternal and neo-natal tetanus.
The Kiwanis Club meets from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at the Central Texas Homebuilders Association, 445 E. Central Texas Expressway in Harker Heights. For more information, go to kiwanisharkerheights.org/.