DANVILLE — For the 63rd year in a row, volunteers and local Kiwanis club members will be feed the masses during the annual Pancake and Sausage Day.
The event is scheduled to run from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the David S. Palmer Arena. It is coordinated by each of the three local Kiwanis groups — Breakfast, Noon and Golden K.
Perry Jaynes, president of the Noon Kiwanis, is director of the event, which he has been directly involved in since 2005.
“It’s a good social hour,” he said. “Besides maybe a major concert, for Vermilion County this is one of the bigger events.”
He noted that attendance totals were down last year, with 4,600 people coming to the event. Usually Pancake and Sausage Day averages close to 5,000 attendees.
Volunteers from every age group and every walk of life will turn out Thursday to assist in the throngs that arrive. Students from various sports programs and clubs at Danville Area Community College, Danville High School, Bismarck-Henning School, Schlarman Academy and North Ridge Middle Schools will be assisting as well as participants in programs such as Peer Court.
Combined with Kiwanis members, Jaynes said more than 300 volunteers are signed up for this Thursday’s event.
Last year the Pancake and Sausage Day raised around $25,000, with all of that money going to local charities, including Boys and Girls Club, Peer Court and Big Brothers Big Sisters, among others.
In addition, Jaynes said the Kiwanis groups also use the money raised to fund scholarships at local schools. The scholarships — with range from $300 to $500 — are “to help get started in schooling,” he said.
Among the scholarships are three at Danville District 118, three at Bismarck-Henning schools and one at Schlarman Academy.
“It works out well,” he said of the scholarships.
The event, from beginning to end, is almost totally produced locally. Pepsico, through Quaker, provides the pancake mix and syrup and all other products are purchased from Vermilion County producers.
This year’s Pancake and Sausage Day holds special significance for Kiwanis members who will use the long-running event to celebrate the memory of fellow Kiwanis member, Church Taylor.
Jaynes said Taylor was a past Kiwanis and past coordinator of volunteers for the event and took pride in selling tickets for the day.
“He was easily, year in and year out, our number one sales person by far,” Jaynes said, adding as many as four members are doing “all we can do to keep up” this year with Taylor’s past sales accomplishments.
A sign and picture collage showing Taylor’s involvement in past Pancake and Sausage Days will be on display at Palmer Arena on Thursday.
FYI Tickets are still available for the Kiwanis Pancake and Sausage Day at Perry Jayne's Financial Services, 17 E. Liberty Lane. Tickets are $5 in advance or $6 at the door. Two children between the ages of 3-12 can get in on one ticket.