It was Memorial Day Saturday, May 26, 2018. The Kiwanis Club of Kirkland sponsored their Annual Pancake Breakfast at the Kirkland Community Center at Parkplace. Many club members were on the job at 5am picking up food, setting up tables and chairs, bringing in table linens and flowers, heating up the grills, making coffee and figuring out who does what with the precision of a well-oiled machine as the Kiwanis Club of Kirkland kicked into gear. Kids from local Key Clubs, Builders Club, and other volunteers pitched in to help make this event a success. The doors opened at 7 AM to hungry patrons who made a $7 donation for a breakfast feast of pancakes, sausage, fruit, coffee, tea, milk and juice. At 7:30 AM the entertainment began. It was non-stop music and fun from local schools and various entertainers throughout the morning. This was the sixth year entertainment was on the “menu” and it was a huge success, adding a party feeling to the whole affair.
The KCK wants to give special thanks to one of their members who generously donated the food for the event. Mike Marquess, co-owner of the Casino Caribbean located in the Kingsgate area north of Totem Lake, has been a member of the KCK for 8 years. He has donated the food for the Pancake Breakfast for the past 7 years. Mike says, “I am glad to help out with the Attain Housing program and to be able to help homeless families.”
As in past year, with money raised at this annual fundraiser, The Kiwanis Club of Kirkland was able to make a donation $5,000 to Attain Housing, a local organization that has been helping homeless families build strength and get a new start since 1989. Over 25,000 people experience homelessness in King County each year. The number one cause is lack of affordable housing. Attain Housing helps homeless and at risk families with children in King County to become stable and self-sufficient. If you would like to make a donation or learn more about what this organization does, go to (www.attainhousing.org).
The annual Pancake Breakfast is one of many fundraisers put on each year by the Kiwanis Club of Kirkland. If you are interesting in learning more about the club, visit our website at www.kirkland.kiwanis.org.