The spirit of the Lake Oswego Lions Club's annual pancake breakfast will still be there in its 71st year — but the table will be set a bit different.
Instead of organizing roughly 75 tables seating about 2,500 community members for the pancake breakfast at George Rogers Park — the kickoff in a series of local Fourth of July events — residents are encouraged to make breakfast from the comfort of their home and tune in to the club's virtual pancake feed.
Though the social aspect won't be there this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, Dean Surface, Lake Oswego Lions Club events coordinator, said there is a website where people can donate, read about the history and details about the club, browse photos of past pancake feeds and enjoy a virtual pancake breakfast video created by the National League of Young Men — a group of high school students who usually help volunteer at the event.
"The Lake Oswego Lions Club has been serving pancakes at the July 4th pancake breakfast since 1949. In this, our 71st year of a sponsorship, we feel challenged to find new ways to continue supporting the community, thus the virtual pancake breakfast idea was born," said Surface in an email to the Review. "Your one-time or continuing gift will allow the Lions Club to continue providing local funding for sight and hearing services, scholarships for graduating seniors, camp for youth with serious medical problems and Raphael House,as well as national and international relief projects."
The breakfast usually begins at 7 a.m. and lasts until noon with all-you-can-eat pancakes for $9 for adults and $6 for children under 12. People also receive coffee, juice and two sausages, as well as the option for gluten-free pancakes.
All of the proceeds go toward the club, which disperses funds to local charities.
"Lions Club is responsible for sight and hearing," Surface said. "We provide eye glasses to folks who are unable to afford them … We're also involved in helping get testing for hearing aids. Our club is hoping this year for those that can't afford it, that we can at least help them out."
The proceeds go toward the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation located in Portland, scholarships for high school seniors as well as to various relief programs that help people across the country when disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes or floods strike.
People will have an opportunity to make an online donation, either one-time or ongoing. The website should be up and running by the end of this week, Surface said, and will at least be up through July 4.
If people want to make a tax deductible donation, they can make a check payable to Lake Oswego Lions Charities at PO Box 163, Lake Oswego, OR., 97034.
"Since we're not going to be able to do this physically, donations would be great," Surface said. "Personally, I feel invigorated to explore new opportunities to contact people and ask for help in order that we as Lions may continue serving others. As has been said, we are all in this together. With that in mind, consider contribution to the Lake Oswego Lions Club Charities."
For questions, people can call Surface at 503-201-4165.
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