Pancake Day marks 56th year of helping children in Sumter


The Kiwanis Club of Sumter will flip pancakes for its 56th year on Saturday, March 3, at Alice Drive Middle School, 40 Miller Road. Sumter Kiwanians will raise funds for Sumter children in two shifts, from 7 to 10:30 a.m. and again from 5 to 8 p.m.

Last year, 2,000 people showed up to support the fundraiser and enjoy pancakes for breakfast or supper. "I want to call on all the people of Sumter to come out and support deserving children by attending Pancake Day," Pancake Day Co-Director Chuck Wilson said in a news release. "Kiwanis programs help children and young folks who otherwise might not be able to achieve the things in life they should. We believe in helping children all over the world, and especially here in Sumter."

Through its foundation, The Kiwanis Club of Sumter sponsors numerous youth programs including the Key Clubs at area high schools, the Kiwanis Terrific Kids program and others. Proceeds from Pancake Day also help finance food and gift drive programs during the holiday season for Sumter's needy. With education being one of its focuses, the club sponsors scholarships to USC Sumter, Central Carolina Technical College and Morris College.

Tickets for the all-you-can-eat Pancake Day can be purchased from any Sumter Kiwanian or at the door. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children 4 to 12 years old. For advance tickets or sponsorships, call Chuck Wilson at (803) 972-9060.

The Kiwanis Club of Sumter is the community's oldest civic club, dating back to 1922.