Before the Memorial Day service began Monday, the park pavilion was crowded with folks taking advantage of the Martinsburg Rotary Club’s third annual Memorial Day free breakfast fundraiser which ran from 7 to 10 a.m.
Club spokesman Mike Hornby said last year more than 650 pancake and sausage meals were served. Halfway through Monday morning’s event, more than 450 had already been served.
While the breakfast is free, the Rotary accepts donations. The annual event usually nets about $10,000, Hornby said.
About $7,000 of the total goes to Rotary International’s three-year effort to raise more than $250 million to eradicate polio in the countries where it still exists, Hornby said. The goal was reached this year.
The rest of the money collected Monday will go to local charities the Rotarians support.
Hornby said his club raises about $100,000 a year which it gives away.
He said the club, which meets once a week for lunch, has about 160 member, 95 of whom are active.
Martinsburg has a second, smaller Rotary club with about 60 members. It meets for breakfast, Hornby said.
Both groups work together, he said.