SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Lion Club hosted its final Pancake Breakfast, with assistance from Boy Scout Troop 104 who served as waiters and busboys, on Sunday, March 5.
The event raises thousands of dollars for community projects each year. However, Ron and Jane Kelly, who organized the Pancake Breakfast for decades, will soon relocate to be closer to their grandchildren.
"Ron and Jane have done this for many years. It's a lot of work, and there isn't anyone from the club who can run it," said Gerald Kirshenbaum, who sells raffle tickets at the door as part of the fundraiser. "We would love it if the Scouts are able to take it over."
Cooking and serving are just part of the equation. The Lions Club also orders the supplies, sells advertising on place mats, and organizes raffle prizes in advance of each event -- tasks that the boys may not currrently be able to do -- in order to boost the amount of revenue that the event generates.
If it is to be final event, it di swift business. By mid morning tables were packed by members of the community, including Mayor Al Smith and Township Manager Al Mirabella, who commended the Lions Club and the Boy Scouts for their service.