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Fundraisers abound

February 18, 2010

It sometimes seems that February and March comprise “fundraising” season in our communities. Each year many local organizations conduct fundraising activities in the waning weeks of winter. And, in the cases I’m familiar with, the events are popular and usually draw a good turnout.

I think that one of the reasons for good attendance is that people simply want to get out of the house and socialize. Of course the other reason is that folks want to help worthwhile causes and the easiest way to do that is to attend a dinner or breakfast. No doubt, the most popular February activity is a pancake breakfast. I have read that the idea of a pancake and sausage breakfast has its origin with Groundhog Day. I don’t know about that, but I have attended many, many pancake breakfasts, dinners and suppers over the years.

Sometimes there is more than one event on a February’s Saturday, which was the case last week. I started the morning attending the pancake breakfast sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 149 at the United Methodist Church. I enjoy watching dedicated 12-year-olds trying their best to serve as waiters. They struggle to get the orders right and to the correct party. That doesn’t matter to me since the purpose of the program is to help the local troop and to socialize with others attending. I haven’t heard any figures, however, it seemed to me that they had a bigger crowd this year.

I have taken part in some unique fundraisers over the years. I have spent a hot summer afternoon sitting on top of a dunk tank. And, yes, I have gone in several times. However, now that I’m of a mature age, I don’t do dunk tanks anymore. I also don’t do donkey baseball games or exhibition basketball games either. Come to think of it, do they still have donkey ball games?

I have also been on the receiving end of pies in the face as part of several events. Actually, if the pie is made of whipped cream and is in a regular crust, I don’t mind. The first couple of times I enjoyed the whipped cream, but it did get a bit old. One warning to any prospective pie-in-the-face recipients is be careful of foil plates. I got a fat lip one time.

The second of my fundraisers last Saturday was the Edwardsville Kiwanis Club bowling tournament. Let me first point out that I never was a very good bowler when I was young and that certainly hasn’t changed over the years.

The tournament benefitted the Kiwanis Club service projects, which include scholarships, assistance to Head Start and grade schools, Vaughn-Trent and many other worthwhile events. The tournament featured a variety of teams including City of Bonner Springs, City of Edwardsville, Unified Government and neighborhood and family groups. There was no overall winning team or individual, it was just a time to have fun and fellowship.

So, what did I bowl? I’ll give you a hint: I probably led the tournament in gutter balls. I posted an anemic 78 in the first game. I came back with a big time 89 in the second. I had one spare and one strike. I followed each achievement with a gutter ball.

There are many other fundraisers planned including the Bonner Springs High School Booster Club pancake dinner on Friday night just prior to the Courtwarming game. It was announced that they have more than $10,000 worth of items for a silent auction.

One of the more unique events is the Rotary Club roast of Roger Miller, set for Feb. 27, with proceeds to help eradicate polio worldwide.

And while I’m on the subject, the Kiwanis Club’s pancake breakfast will be Saturday, March 20, at the Bonner Springs High School cafeteria. These are just the events I know about and I’m sure there are many more opportunities to have some fun and to help worthwhile causes.

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