Kiwanis Clubs move forward with Sioux Empire Fair pancake fundraiser

The coronavirus pandemic won’t stop the Kiwanis Clubs of Sioux Falls from firing up their griddles at the Sioux Empire Fair from Aug. 1-8.

That’s because the pandemic hasn’t put an end to children’s needs, which the Kiwanis Pancake House raises money to address.

“As we all know, these are unusual times and much has changed in the last several months,” said Mark McClung, president of the Kiwanis Club of Sioux Falls. “What hasn’t changed is that our at-risk kids’ needs are greater than ever and that’s why we decided to move forward with our annual Pancake House project.”

The Kiwanis Pancake House is set up for the Sioux Empire Fair on Friday, July 31, in Sioux Falls.

It will be the 38th year for the fundraiser. But this year will be different than the others, and McClung said the Kiwanis have taken precautions to provide a safe and healthy Pancake House.

Sponsors and customer purchases at the Pancake House have raised more than $270,000 in the last seven years that have been distributed to local organizations. This year, $50,000 was distributed to 20 local organizations who provide services to 6,000 children.

This year’s partner organizations are Compassion Child Care, Teddy Bear Den, the Family Visitation Center, Family Connection, CASA and Holy Innocents Diaper Ministry. Partner organization volunteers work with Kiwanians to serve pancakes and sausages to thousands who attend the fair each year.

More information can be found at https://siouxfallskiwanis.org/.

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