Rotary pancake breakfast raises over $5,000

Taylor Pardue Staff Reporter

December 12, 2013

YADKINVILLE — The Yadkinville Rotary Club held its 14th annual pancake breakfast Saturday.

The event was held in the Yadkinville United Methodist Church. The breakfast ran from 7 to 10 a.m., finishing just moments before the annual Christmas parade began winding its way through town.

“It’s an annual event that rotary does — Yadkinville Rotary — to raise funds to give out to charities,” Yadkinville President Robin Testerman said. “All the money stays in the community. We give 100 percent of it back to local charities.”

This year the rotary raised more than $5,500 in donations. The number does not reflect the amount donated by individuals at the breakfast, only the business donations collected beforehand.

Those who eat are encouraged to donate but are not required.

“We don’t ask for a certain amount. We used to charge by the plate, but we found it’s just better to ask for donations,” Testerman said. “Some people come in and they don’t have the money and we feed them.

“Local Rotarians go around and ask for donations for this, and then we donate all the products, paper products and juice and stuff,” Testerman said.

This year’s two biggest sponsors were Hibco and Lydall. More than 35 companies in the area donated to help the Rotary benefit the community.

The breakfast served roughly 250 people by Testerman’s estimates. The fundraiser averages between 250 and 300 people every year.

The donations go to fund things in the community — like local programs at the children’s center, the library, and more — or abroad, through the Rotarian goal of stamping out polio worldwide.

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