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Column: Join in the fun at Lions Pancake Breakfast Saturday, June 11

It is without compunction that I invite you to this Saturday’s flapjack function junction, which is at the corner of East Gurley and Alarcon streets in downtown Prescott. The formal title of the event is the Lions Pancake Breakfast – actually the 36th annual staging of the food fest – which again will take place under tent cover on Alarcon beside the First Congregational Church.

The social aspect of the breakfast is strong, as there will be lots of meeting and greeting accompanying the eating under the awning that morning. And not only is it gastronomical but economical, as tickets for the 7 to 11 a.m. feed are only $6, with no charge for children under 12 years of age. And “seconds” for the pancakes, sausage, coffee and orange juice will be free for the asking.

The event’s most rewarding benefit centers on the charitable giving derived from the proceeds of the day from ticket sales and tip jars on the dining tables for those wishing to donate for “good eats and good service,” according to Bob Welch of the Prescott Noon Lions, who along with the club’s Dick Beers is helping to coordinate the event along with point persons Don Shaffer of the Prescott Sunrise Lions, Karen and Ken Leja of the Prescott Evening Lions, and Judi Williams of the Prescott Lionesses. Total hours expended during last year’s breakfast on the part of Lions, Lionesses, and People Who Care participants came to 426, Welch reports, and resulted in donations totaling $7,300 that were distributed to People Who Care, Guide Dogs of the Desert, a graphic wrap for the Lions mobile eye van, and the Lions Camp Tatiyee.

Paramount in cutting expenses in staging the event and upping the charitable payout each year is the largesse provided by area business people. For example, Joel Swirsky – owner of the Denny’s restaurant in Prescott Valley and the Golden Corral in Prescott’s Frontier Village, who is himself a Lion – for years has been donating all of the pancake batter, estimated at 300 pounds, for the event, while Gary and Jamie Stude of Prescott’s Waffles-N-More traditionally foot the bill for the printing of tickets to the breakfast. And adding to that is information from Lion Tom Haugen that additional donating businesses this year include three Safeway stores, two Wal-Marts, a Sam’s Club, Fry’s and Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water, while still other sponsors are identified on the breakfast placemats.

Also, the Lions extend heartfelt thanks to the First Congregational Church, which year-in and year-out has provided the host site for the annual Lions Territorial Days event and sponsors one of its own pancake breakfasts at the same site in July during the Frontier Days celebration.

And oh … one other thing. As a dining experience bonus at this year’s breakfast, MacDougal Street West – a Peter, Paul & Mary Tribute band – will be on hand to provide the vibes. The group, peopled by Ron Skelton, Mary Alberts, Rick Shore and Maxine Eldredge, is sure to enhance the “Eater’s Digest.”

So mark your calendars for 7 to 11 a.m. this Saturday, June 11, at East Gurley and Alarcon. My prediction: You’ll be mighty glad you did!

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