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Breakfast raises money for sight

February 15, 2004|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

bonnieb@herald-mail.com

Waynesboro, Pa. - Twenty-five Lions club members, 25 Lionesses, plus 500 pounds of sausage, 150 pounds of puddings and 30 pounds of buttermilk pancake mix equaled breakfast for about 900 people at Waynesboro Area Senior High School Saturday morning.

The Waynesboro Area Lions Club breakfast has been a fixture since the early 1950s, when the company that made Aunt Jemima pancake mix would send a representative to help with the meal, according to Marty Schorn, secretary of the club and chairman of the pancake breakfast for five years.

By 11:30 a.m., about 850 people had been served pancakes with hot cherry or blueberry topping, sausage, pork puddings, coffee and orange drink.

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At the same time, several area businesses promoted their products and services at a Lifestyle Expo in the gymnasium.

Proceeds from the breakfast go to the Lions' local sight-related projects, Schorn said. The Lions provide eye exams and glasses for needy local people.

"Our sight budget was $2,000 two years ago, and now is $5,500," he said. "More people are needy. We're doing more fund-raisers."

Hearing-impaired people also benefit from the Lions' projects.

"People donate used eyeglasses and hearing aids, and we found a good hearing aid for a woman with profound hearing loss," Schorn said. "Talk about rewarding."

While the pancake breakfast is its major fund-raiser, the Lions also make 1,200 ham sandwiches three times a year, Schorn said.

Club member David Mackley of Waynesboro tended to a dozen pancakes at a time on the grill, while Schorn's wife, Lioness Carol Schorn, dished out mixed fruit.

Lions club member Edward Miller of Greencastle, Pa., sold brooms and whisk brooms during the breakfast. Proceeds from those sales also go to the sight budget, he said.

Last year, 8 inches of snow fell the weekend of the breakfast, and the accompanying Lifestyle Expo was canceled, which hurt attendance.

"It's good to have both (events) together," Miller said.

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