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Archive for Friday, February 27, 2009

American Legion pancake feed boasts long history

Program increases from 300 in 1st year to 900 in 2008

February 27, 2009

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Chevelle Brockway, 6, of Lawrence, enjoys pancakes at the American Legion pancake feed in this March 6, 2005, file photo.

Chevelle Brockway, 6, of Lawrence, enjoys pancakes at the American Legion pancake feed in this March 6, 2005, file photo.

Alan Fisher, a longtime member of the American Legion Dorsey-Liberty Post No. 14 in Lawrence, knows the long history behind the Legion’s pancake feed.

His father, Harold Fisher, was one of three men, along with George Starkey and Delbert Mathia, who organized the first breakfast to raise $139 for the American Legion’s baseball program.

“It has established itself as a really big and community-type project,” Alan Fisher said.

This year’s 60th Legion Pancake Day will mark another milestone. The event will be 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. next Saturday at the Legionacres II, 3408 W. Sixth St.

“The American Legion has always had programs to support the youth of the country,” post Commander Jerry Hanson said.

Fisher said the first event was a success because its three organizers were swamped serving about 300 people on the second floor of the Lawrence Senior Center, 745 Vt.

The fundraiser has grown in its six decades and bounced around Lawrence.

“They just came because they liked the camaraderie of the people who came,” Fisher said.

Once in the early years, legendary Kansas University basketball coach Phog Allen, star player Clyde Lovellette and other local celebrities served as cooks, Fisher said.

Last year, about 900 people attended the event, which raises funds to support the city’s American Legion baseball program.

The Legion is still looking for volunteers to help with the breakfast, and is accepting donations to help offset the cost of supplies.

The breakfast includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy, coffee, milk and orange juice. It costs $6 for adults and $3 for children age 12 and younger.

“This is our national sport. It’s a logical direction to go in, and we’ve had a lot of success with the program,” Hanson said.

Comments

Alison Carter 5 years, 1 month ago

I just love pancakes and will join the festivities on Saturday next. Why, I might even volunteer.....after I've eaten, of course.

Highly recommend that George D. write a story on the Legion's Thurs. evenings with the Junkyard Jazz Band ( they play 40's oldies but goodies). Thanks, George, for writing this article.

You don't have to be a Vet to join the fun. Just stop by for a soft drink, beer or cocktail around 6:45....the band starts at 7pm or so and plays until 8:30 or 9. No cover charge!

I'm not a Vet but have joined friends there for an enjoyable early evening of entertainment. For those who like to party more, you all can head down to Mass. street for more music after your warmup at the Legion.

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Marc Mondi 5 years, 1 month ago

Man, I'm bummed that I won't be able to make it for the pancake feed... such a great event. Good people, good food, all for a good cause. I remember my days of playing legion baseball during the summer... good times.

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Kent Fisher 5 years, 1 month ago

The Legion is fortunate to have the commitment of men like Alan Fisher, who has contributed mightily to the success of each pancake feed, and the Legion ball team. Way to go, Dad!

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