Ardmore’s birthday celebration officially begins this Saturday at Central Park with the Kiwanis Pioneer Pancake Breakfast. It will be the second time for the event to take place at the park, but the event itself has a long history.
“For decades, the Kiwanis Club of Ardmore has had a pancake breakfast,” Kiwanian Billy Bean said. In the past, it took place in February or March as a stand-alone event, but now the breakfast has been incorporated into Ardmore’s birthday celebration.
“Many, many years ago, the Ardmore birthday celebration was a big deal city wide,” Bean said. Part of that celebration was the Pioneer Breakfast that took place in Central Park.
When Create Ardmore relaunched the birthday celebration last year, the Kiwanis were thrilled to come on board. Thus the Kiwanis Pioneer Pancake Breakfast was born.
“We were already talking about combining it with another event, so it was a perfect fit,” Bean said.
In addition to now being part of the city birthday party, things are also different because the Kiwanis are teaming up with United Way for the event.
“The United Way has been such a huge help,” Kiwanis Chairman Tim Longest said. “Their agencies help us to sell tickets and to promote and work the event,” he said.
For the cost of five dollars per person, those who attend Saturday’s breakfast will not only be getting a breakfast of sausage and all you can eat pancakes. They will also be contributing to these two great community organizations because all proceeds go to the Kiwanis Club of Ardmore and United Way of South Central Oklahoma. Not only will the funds raised allow the Kiwanis to continue fulfilling their mission of making a lasting difference in the lives of children, a portion will go directly to United Way.
“Last year we had a crowd of about 350,” Longest said. “This year we’re hoping for 600!”