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Batter up: Kiwanians ready for pancake breakfast

For 47 years, Kiwanis Club of La Jolla has spread good cheer and built a solid foundation for its youth-oriented fundraising through its pancake breakfast.

This year it will be held from 7 to 11 a.m. on July 31 at the La Jolla Rec Center, 615 Prospect St.

Guests will be treated to all-you-can-eat blueberry pancakes, sausage, milk, coffee and juice for just $10. Children 10 and under are admitted free. Upwards of 1,500 people are expected to turn out.

“It’s our thanks back to the community for supporting us through the year,” said Kiwanian Brant Westfall, who is chairing the event for a second consecutive year. Westfall will assume the presidency of the 81-member community service organization, which is marking its 85th anniversary this year, in October.

The homespun event is a family-oriented fest replete with live music, raffle drawings and lots of activities for children including pony rides, jumpies and face painting. It started out as a fundraiser to generate funds for landscaping at the then-new YMCA back in the ‘60s.

The first Kiwanis pancake breakfast was held on Girard Avenue in a bank parking lot across from the old Cove theater, where Ligne Roset furniture is now.

Designed to build rapport with the community the breakfast “is a way to meet people and find out more about our club and what we do,” noted Westfall.

La Jolla Kiwanis Club annually raises and donates more than $175,000 per year through the Kiwanis Club of La Jolla Foundation.

This year, said Westfall, Kiwanis International, now in 89 nations, and UNICEF have teamed up to eradicate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT).

La Jolla Kiwanis meets every Friday from noon to 1:30 p.m. at La Jolla Presbyterian Church, 7715 Draper Ave.

BY THE NUMBERS

Kiwanians are preparing to serve

  • 120 gallons of orange juice
  • 400 pounds of pancake batter
  • 250 pounds of sausage
  • 24 gallons of syrup
  • 60 pounds of blueberries