Before - or after - eating pancakes and sausage, the people attending the Kiwanis Club of Hannibal's Pancake Day Saturday, March 30, at the Hannibal High School cafeteria had an opportunity to take part in the second of three fund-raisers the club sponsors each year.
One group of Kiwanians was selling raffle tickets for the club's "Cash-Car-Mule" raffle. After selling tickets for many months, at 4 p.m. on July 6 the club will present the winner a choice of three prizes in Central Park.
The prizes are a new Dodge Dart, a Kawasaki Mule or $15,000 cash. Also on July 6, two preliminary drawings for $300 will take place. The raffle is sponsored by the club in cooperation with Poage Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Selby Implement Co., both of Hannibal.
Tickets are $20 or three for $50. All net proceeds will benefit youth. Earlier drawings for $100 began in January and will continue on the first Monday of each month through June. For more details or to buy raffle tickets call (573) 221-9322, email firstname.lastname@example.org or see the website, hannibalkiwanis.org.
Pancake Day was a success, according to Mark Grieshaber, event chairman. "We had a great turnout, and the community support was tremendous," he said.
"It was a real team effort, and I would like to give a special thank you all the (Kiwanis) club members, the Key Club, the Action Club and school district for all their support.
"All the money that is earned at this function - 100 percent - goes back to the community," Grieshaber said. "Kiwanis supports youth efforts, so proceeds of the club's three annual fund-raisers fund many projects that help children."
The largest amount - nearly $8,000 in last year's budget - funds the Coats and Shoes for Kids project. The club also provides scholarships, Get Well Teddy Bears, a kids' Christmas shopping project and tricycle races. Additional funding goes to local clubs, agencies, organizations, projects and events.
The club's third annual fund-raiser is the Samuel L. Clemens Arts and Crafts Festival in Central Park during National Tom Sawyer Days.
The Kiwanis Club of Hannibal has been meeting for many, many years, Grieshaber said. The club meets each Monday night at the Hannibal Nutrition Center.
"The Kiwanis Club is always looking for new members," he added, "so if anyone is interested in the club, they can call any Kiwanian. We would love to talk to them about membership."
A prospective member brochure is available on website, hannibalkiwanis.org.