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VFW pancake breakfast planned for Feb. 2

January 23, 2008

On Feb. 2 local residents can help themselves to a hearty breakfast while helping to fund a college scholarship program. The Olden-McGraw-Thompson-Goins VFW Post 6401 is putting on its pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., Feb. 2, at the Landmark Baptist Church, 12850 Kansas Ave.

Funds raised will go toward a scholarships for winners of the post's high school Voice of Democracy speech contest.

The all-you-can-eat breakfast, which includes pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice, costs $5 in advance and $6 at the door. Children are $3.

The Voice of Democracy is a 61-year-old program that provides more than $3 million in scholarships. The first-place winner, who competes with all the first-place VFW Department winners, receives a $30,000 scholarship that is paid directly to the recipient's university, college or vocational/technical school. Entries are submitted as audio recordings.

Deadline for entries is Nov. 1, but it's not too early to hand them in now, said Jim Jenkins, adjunct for the post.

The entries are judged by Jenkins and other post leaders at a Thanksgiving dinner for veterans at the VA hospital, Jenkins said. The theme for Voice of Democracy this year is "Service and Sacrifice by America's Veterans Benefit Today's Youth"

The usual scholarship amount is $100-$150, Jenkins said, but the pancake breakfast is hoped to improve that figure.

"We're doing the breakfast to see if we can't improve that," Jenkins said.

For advance tickets, call (913) 441-1234, or 441-1992. For more information on the scholarship visit


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