The Faulkner County Senior Citizens Program will hold its annual Pancake Breakfast this coming Saturday.
Debra Robinson, executive director of senior programs in Faulkner County, said this would mark the 30th year of the traditional fundraiser.
Aspects include a pancake breakfast, with batter provided by IHOP of Conway, a silent auction and a craft and bake sale.
According to Robinson, more than 2,000 pancakes were served at last year’s event.
"For the past three years, IHOP has prepared and donated the pancake batter," Robinson said. "IHOP premixes it that morning, and we cook it. We really appreciate that they do that and a lot of people look forward to it every year."
More than 100 auction items provided by local businesses and beyond will be up for bids, including Branson show tickets, Great Passion Play tickets, Premier jewelry, Razorback memorabilia, University of Central Arkansas memorabilia with autographs, gift baskets, a decorated Christmas tree, massages, a Conway Regional Health and Fitness Center membership and Conway restaurant gift certificates.
Robinson said students of Conway High School’s medical professional class will cook and serve the pancakes for attendees.
"It’s the biggest fundraiser that we have and the money goes to providing services for not just Conway, but all of the Faulkner County programs. We have six senior centers in the county," Robinson said.
Funds raised support essential transportation, congregate meals served daily, weekly recreation and the Meals-on-Wheels program.
"This goes to maintain the things that keeps seniors active," Robinson said. "The goal of our program is to keep seniors active, independent, and in their own homes for as long as possible."
Robinson recounted a recent testimonial given at Conway’s Senior Citizens Center:
"He got up on the microphone to explain what he was thankful for and said that he was most thankful for the Senior Citizens Program. He said he suffered from depression when he first started coming and he was in bad health, but the program changed his life. He said his life is much happier when he’s involved in the program."
Robinson said that the program is catalyst to many, especially those who have lost a spouse, live alone and are lonely.
"Just like young people need a place to congregate and be with their own age to be involved, seniors need a place too. They’ve retired and their lives are not very busy. It’s good to have a place to go and to share life with friends. I honestly believe that the program does help people to have a happier life and to live a lot longer than they normally would if they didn’t have it," said Robinson.
Robinson said the group is ready to welcome at least 500 people to the Center Saturday, located at 1620 Donaghey Ave. in Conway.
All activities will take place between the hours of 7 a.m. and noon, and tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 12 and under.
The Faulkner County Senior Citizen Program receives the largest part of its operational money from federal funding, some state, and some county funds.
Robinson said the United Way of Central Arkansas, individual donations and the annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser support the group and its programs.
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