“I’ve had my share of Optimist pancakes over the years, but this will be my first time working at the event and helping out as an Optimist Club member,” said Wallace, an officer with the Floyd County police.
His wife is also a member of the club and will participate in Saturday’s event. “She is an ‘official flipper,’ so she’s got a pretty important job,” Wallace chuckled. “My job is making sure everyone has clean tables to eat at and plenty of butter and syrup. We’re both looking forward to helping out this year. It’s for a great cause and not only is it great food, but it’s also a fun social event for the entire community”
Proceeds from the annual event support the club’s youth programs, including Student of the Month, Student of the Year and Terrific Kid. This will be the club’s 52nd year hosting the event that serves as the club’s main fundraiser.
According to club President Mark Eubanks, they hope to raise $30,000. Part of that money will come from the club’s popular sausage sale. Sausage is on sale now for $5 per pound and can also be purchased at the door on Saturday.
Advance tickets to the event are $5 and can be purchased by contacting an Optimist member or by contacting Eubanks at 706-346-3039. Tickets can also be purchased the day of the event at the door for $6.
The breakfast will be at the Rome Civic Center, 400 Civic Center Drive, from 6 a.m. to noon. The meal includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, coffee, juice and milk.
Additionally, the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department will provide child identification kits at no cost from 8 a.m. until noon.