The smell of eggs, bacon and pancakes filled the air around the St. Davids and District Lions Club hall Sunday morning as the annual Harvest Breakfast drew in about 350 hungry residents.
The breakfast fundraiser is the only event the lions and lionesses host together, first vice president of the club Ted Burrows said. He said typically the lions host the bigger events and the lionesses organize the smaller activities like craft shows and bazaars. The Harvest Breakfast brings the whole club together for a collaborative fundraising event.
For Sunday’s breakfast, about 35 volunteers helped make the day “one of the more successful events,” Burrows said.
“The men cook, the women handle service and the LEO’s help with clean-up,” he said.
In previous years he said the club raised about $5,000, which is divvied up between the men and women to be redistributed to various organizations the club supports. This year he said more than 350 breakfasts were served.
Many families said they have been coming to the breakfast for several years and will continue to do so.
John Burns said anything to support the fundraising efforts of the Lions Club is worth it.
“The carnival, the breakfast – we do it all,” he said.
“First-timers” George and Patricia Moldowan said the food was “great,” and they enjoyed the morning spent at the club.
“We loved it, and we’ll definitely be back,” Moldowan said.
While the Lions cooked and the lionesses manned the door and handled service, many LEO’s were tucked away washing dishes in the back and walking around the room clearing plates.
Lord Mayor Betty Disero said she’s been attending the breakfast for several years as well. Surprised by the amount of young families and children present Sunday morning, Disero said it looks like the younger population of town is starting to grow.