Despite the rainy weather, there was a great crowd for today’s 59th annual Rome Noon Optimist Club pancake breakfast on Saturday at the Rome Civic Center. Organizers estimate they served over 3,000 pancakes and cooked 600-pounds of fresh sausage. They had another 2,600 lbs. of individual 1-pound packages of sausage to sell as well.
“We had a banner day at the pancake breakfast! Looks like we will raise over $40,000 for the event. The community really turned out despite the damp weather,” says Mark Swanson, chairman of the Rome Noon Optimist Pancake Breakfast.
The Rome Noon Optimist Club was chartered on Dec. 3, 1948, and is about to embark on its seventh decade of providing continuous service to the youth of Rome and Floyd County. The Rome Noon Optimist Club embodies the motto of Optimist International, “Friend of Youth,” with all local club activities focusing on developing the potential and recognizing the accomplishment of the youth in our community.
The club set its goal this year to raise $47,000 from the pancake breakfast. All of the proceeds benefit the Noon Optimist Club’s youth-related projects in and around Rome. Youth recognition programs sponsored by the Noon Optimist Club include High School Student of the Month, Middle School Student of the Semester, Student of the Year Awards Banquet, and Terrific Kids Awards Banquet for fourth- and fifth-grade students. Funds are provided to support over a dozen local youth initiatives including Grands Who Care, The Foundation Camp, Summit Quest, Cops for Kids, and the Vacation Reading Program at Sara Hightower Library.