Downtown Optimists Flip and Serve for a Cause

By: Stephen Bowers Email
By: Stephen Bowers Email

The Downtown Optimist Club held its annual Pancake Jubilee Tuesday. It's not about eating or even cooking. The 13-hour event is about kids.

The money made from the event goes to area children's activities like the Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scouts, and Salvation Army. It also goes toward scholarships.

"The reason we do this is for the kids, the bottom line," said Paul Tarver. "Optimist Club's motto is 'Friend of Youth.' As 'Friend of Youth' we need to be in a position to try to help them with whatever projects they want to do."

Those flipping and serving the pancakes are all volunteers just lending a hand.

"I'm just helping out the community," said David Sharp, who is Lauderdale County's emergency management director. "Optimist Club sponsors a lot of programs for the youth. I just always try to do something else for the community."

And that's the idea everyone seems to have. Well, that and the pancakes.

The pancakes were served with sausage for $5.00 a person.

"It's a huge job. It's a huge undertaking. Nobody knows how much work goes on behind the scenes. Okay, it's a lot of work, but it's not quite that big," joked Tarver. "You have to prepare a lot of stuff. You have to prepare for deliveries. You have to sell tickets. We try to pre-sell a lot of tickets, so a lot of effort goes into the pre-sales. And in the organizational side of this, if we organize everything correctly and we have the man power here everything goes smooth on today."

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