For eight years, Veterans Affairs of Dawson County has hosted an annual pancake breakfast and this year’s all-you-can eat pancakes were wildly popular with the community.
As soon as the doors to the Dawson County Professional Development Center opened, hungry patrons were ready to line up to get some delicious pancakes and bacon served up by members of the Veterans Affairs and volunteers from the community.
Brenda Hatchcock, who has been on the Veterans Affairs board since 1984, greeted guests at the door and got them all squared away so they could get their breakfast. She couldn’t believe just how many $5 tickets were sold prior to Saturday morning.
“This year we’ve had a great turnout with a lot of presales,” said Hatchcock.
Over $1,000 was raised in presale tickets alone and Hatchcock was busy selling more tickets Saturday morning.
“This is the biggest turnout so far, and it’s only 9:30,” said Larry Harris, who also greeted people at the door.
Harris, who has been involved with the annual breakfast for several years, said this year was the first time he has ever seen a line of people waiting for pancakes.
Veterans Affairs President Tim Costley and member Charlie Spain were busy whipping up delicious traditional pancakes, blueberry pancakes, sausage and bacon in the kitchen.
Members of the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office, emergency services and even Representative Kevin Tanner stopped by first thing in the morning to help serve pancakes, helping to make the event a huge success for the community.
The money raised from the pancake breakfast goes towards the Veterans Affairs of Dawson County’s mission to honor veterans and active military members by providing programs for Memorial Day, POW/MIA Day and Veterans Day.