By Kevin Shannahan
NSU’s Alumni Pavilion and Tailgate area was the place for a great breakfast Saturday, April 27 as the Natchitoches Kiwanis Club held its third annual Pancake Festival and 5-K Race. The race is a new addition to the long standing annual pancake breakfast. The Kiwanians served up over 300 pancake and sausage breakfasts to a hungry crowd after 119 runners competed in the 5-k race.
This year’s race had a new feature that added to the fun. At the beginning of the race, at several stations on the course, and as runners finished, volunteers would throw up colorful clouds of powdered paint. Several inflatable bounce houses were on hand to keep the younger set entertained. NSU’s Circle K chapter, a Kiwanis version for college students, helped serve and clean up.
There was a pancake flipping and tossing contest for bragging rights between Natchitoches Chamber of Commerce President Laura Lyles, Annette Roque from Cane River Charities and NSU President Dr. Chris Maggio. Despite some fierce competition from Lyles, whose chef hat showed her desire to dethrone the reigning champion, Dr. Maggio’s amazing spatula skills earned him his third Golden Spatula Award.
There was a distinguished visitor at the event. Mr. Bruce Hammatt and his wife Joy, also a Kiwanian, came up from Baton Rouge to visit. He is the President-Elect of the Kiwanis district that encompasses Louisiana, Mississippi and west Tennessee.
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. Kiwanians all over the world have banded together to bring lifesaving tetanus immunizations to mothers in need. The Kiwanis also sponsors the well known “Terrific Kids” program recognizing outstanding students in our schools.
The Pancake Breakfast is expected to raise $10,000 to support these worthy efforts.
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.