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Column: Batter up - pancake batter, that is, with Lions June 13

Batter up!

Naw, stop the bus ... at least for a second ... as you might think I'm talking baseball here, which couldn't be further from the truth. You see, that lead-in has nothing to do with the national pastime, but instead refers to PANCAKE batter that local Lions will be mixing the morning of Saturday, June 13, for their 35th annual breakfast that will be staged in downtown Prescott at the First Congregational Church, 216 E. Gurley St.

The Territorial Days event is a collaborative effort on the part of Prescott's Sunrise, Noon and Evening Lions Clubs, along with the Prescott Lioness Club, with the "point person" coordinators being Don Shaffer (Sunrise), Bob Welch (Noon), Ken Leja (Evening) and Kathy Vines (Lioness).

Also contributing in large measure to the success of the undertaking are numerous business people who are donors to the cause. For example, there is Joel Swirsky of the Denny's Restaurant in Prescott Valley, who has been contributing ALL of the batter for many years, and Gary and Jamie Stude of Prescott's Waffles 'n' More Restaurant, who have seen to the annual printing of tickets for as long as just about anyone can remember. Other donor firms supplying such essentials as orange juice, coffee and bottled water include the Walmart on Highway 69, Costco, Haggen Food Market (formerly Albertsons), Trader Joe's, both Safeways, and Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water.

Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse of Prescott also has donated a rocking chair that will go to the winning raffle ticket holder July 5 at the Noon Lions cotton candy booth at the corner of Gurley and Cortez streets during the Frontier Days celebration. Tickets - priced at $1 each or seven for $5 - will be offered for sale during the pancake breakfast and also at the booth on the courthouse plaza during Frontier Days leading up to the July 5 drawing.

The yearly staging of the breakfast beneath ample awnings on Alarcon Street, just to the east of the church, is tantamount to a large family gathering or picnic, with camaraderie being shared by attendees as they congregate to enjoy the foodstuffs and the live music (country-Western is in vogue) on the brink of the formal advent of summer. The series of awnings will be assembled on Friday, June 12, and dismantled following the next day's 11 a.m. close.

Approximately 1,000 paying customers, plus children under age 12, who dine free, were served last year by some 90 Lions and Lionesses of the area, and several hundred additional dollars also were derived from the tip jars on the tables. The bulk of last year's proceeds, after expenses, went to Prescott's People Who Care organization and Guide Dogs of the Desert in Palm Springs, Calif., whereas this year's apportionment will be determined via consultation among representatives of the Sunrise, Noon and Evening clubs.

Tickets for the 7 to 11 a.m. "all you can eat" feed are $5 and are available from members of the participating clubs. (Checks should be made payable to: Lions Pancake Breakfast.) Tickets may also be purchased at the site of the breakfast on the 13th.

So come one, come all, to the delightful victual ritual. I predict that you'll be mighty glad you did!

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