XENIA — The Xenia Rotary Club is holding its Annual Pancake Day 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 5 at the Greene County Fairgrounds Assembly Hall.
Tickets cost $6 and includes pancakes, a side of sausage, juice, milk or coffee. Children 6 and under eat free. Those with a big appetite can get seconds (or thirds) of pancakes. This year attendees who participate in the club’s ‘Shoes Orphan Souls’ program have a chance to win $250. Bring a pair of socks to receive one raffle ticket, a pair of shoes to receive two raffle tickets and a pair of shoes and socks to receive four raffle tickets. The shoes and socks should be new, sized for a child ages 5-12. Athletic shoes rather than dress shoes are preferred.
“Shoes for Orphans Souls has been a long-time Rotary International project,” said Rotary President Neil Fogarty, “and we hope those who attend Pancake Day will respond to our request for new shoes and socks. For poor children, having footwear helps encourage them to attend school and that is a big step in lifting them out of poverty.”
Pancake Day is the single largest fundraiser for the Xenia Rotary club. Started in 1957 it has been held annually except for one year when it was cancelled due to the 1974 Xenia tornado.
“It is estimated the club has generated more than a half million dollars as a result of Pancake Day ticket sales,” said Tom Swigart, one of the chairs of the event. “Those dollars are put to use for scholarships, student activities, seniors and others in need both locally as well as internationally.”
Tickets are available at the door or from any Xenia Rotarian.
Xenia Daily Gazette news report compiled by Scott Halasz.