Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County to Host 60th Anniversary of Pancake Day
Mar 15, 2017 02:53PM
● By Melanie Heisinger
The Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County is known for being a great outlet for children and teenagers. It's an environment that provides freedom and growth, as well as fun (of course!).
The Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County provides vital programs for youth within our community. So much so that we even included them in our recent 2017 Summer Camps Guide!
To raise funds for their great programs, they will be hosting a Pancake Day 2017 March 16 starting at 6 am. We were able to get in touch with Mary Wilder, the Director of Communications and Marketing, to learn a little bit more about this event and how we can all get involved.
1. Tell us a little bit about the Pancake Day annual event. How did it get started?
Pancake Day was started in 1957 by the Kiwanis Club to raise money to send children with disabilities to the Boys & Girls Club’s Camp Spencer. In later years, the event became a collaborative fundraising event between the Kiwanis Club and the Boys & Girls Club with the Boys & Girls Club taking the lead. When the Concord Kiwanis dissolved several years ago we continued the tradition. This year we are celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Pancake Day.
2. Tell us a little bit about yourself. What's your role there?
My name is Mary Wilder and I am the Director of Communications and Marketing. I handle our special events (Pancake Day in March, Uwharrie Golf Classic in June, and Festival of Trees in December), marketing, donor database, annual campaign, website and social media. I’ve been at the Club since 2010. I am originally from Concord and was in Keystone in high school.
3. What has been the success of this event in the past? Who does it benefit?
Pancake Day has grown into one of our largest fundraisers of the year, and brings in around $55,000 annually to support over 2,000 kids who participate in our programs. The Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County provides vital programs for youth in our community. Our Afterschool, Keystone, Summer and Athletic programs give children the resources and support they need to do well in school, choose healthy lifestyles and become great citizens.
4. What's something someone can expect while attending?
Pancake Day at the Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County has been a tradition in Concord for 60 years. Every year on the third Thursday of March, dedicated board members, volunteers and staff spend the entire day cooking pancakes and sausage for thousands of hungry customers. This is truly a community event with close to 5,000 people attending each year.
5. How can someone get involved if they can't attend?
If you can’t attend, visit our website at bgclubcab.org, go to "Special Events" and "Pancake Day" to become a Pancake Partner to add your support of the event or to make a general donation to the Boys & Girls Club.
6. What's the best way to stay in the loop?
To learn more about the amazing programs that the Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County offers, you can visit their website, their Facebook page, or their Twitter.