NSU’s Alumni Pavilion and Tailgate area was the place for a great breakfast Saturday, April 21st as the Natchitoches Kiwanis Club held its annual Pancake Festival and 5-k Race. The Kiwanians served up over 300 pancake and sausage breakfasts to a hungry crowd after 133 runners competed in the 5-k race. NSU’s Circle K chapter, a Kiwanis version for college students helped serve and clean up. Lifeshare also had a bloodmoblile at the event.
There was a pancake flipping and tossing contest for bragging rights between Natchitoches Mayor Lee Posey, Parish President Rick Knowlin and NSU President Chris Maggio. Dr. Maggio displayed some truly amazing spatula skills with a behind the back move that earned him the Golden Spatula Award for the second year in a row.
The event was a fun way to raise money for a serious cause. The Natchitoches Kiwanis Club is part of an international organization of civic minded people in Clubs all over the world who have decided to raise funds to eradicate neonatal tetanus, a disease that continues to ravage the poorer areas of the world. It is a shame indeed for a baby’s life to be in danger due to his or her mother not being immunized against tetanus. The Pancake Breakfast raised over $9,000.00 to help purchase immunizations. The Natchitoches Parish Journal is donating the event photography. Photo protection is off and anyone may download any they wish. If you download a photo you like, please make a donation to the Natchitoches Kiwanis Club. Let’s give a child a fighting chance at life!