Roanoke, Va. (WFXR) — This year marks the twenty-fifth year that the Kiwanis Club will hold their annual pancake breakfast and while the event taking place at the Berglund Center will not be a sit-down breakfast with friends, the organization is offering food-to-go!
The proceeds from the Kiwanis Club’s pancake breakfast and auction help various community initiatives and young leaders.
“We sponsor more than twenty nonprofits throughout the year. We’re helping people in the Roanoke Valley in need and we also sponsor a career and technical education program in concert with Western Virginia Community College, and then also we have a scholarship program.”Mike McEvoy, President-elect Kiwanis Club of Roanoke
Kiwanis Club President Elect, Mike McEvoy says scholarship recipients are super students that are very active in the community.
“I am just impressed every year when I read their applications. Most of them have perfect grade point averages, they’re very involved in their community, they are very involved in their school, they’re just leaders in their school.Mike McEvoy, President-elect Kiwanis Club of Roanoke
Mike was and continues to be impressed by the Kiwanis Club’s 2020 scholarship recipient, Hannah Luviano. Luviano just started her Freshman year at the University of Virginia.
“In high school, I was really involved in Key Club, so I was president of my own Key Club and then senior year I was the Lieutenant Governor for all the Key Clubs in the Roanoke area, so I would attend a lot of Kiwanis meetings… I even spoke at a few of them about the fundraisers I was doing with Key club.”Hannah Luviano, Kiwanis Scholarship Recipient
Hannah has been instrumental in raising $10,401.27 for the Children’s Miracle Network among many other community initiatives and is proud of her association with Kiwanis.
“Kiwanis has been really formative in my high school experience from freshman year all the way up until supporting me with a scholarship to continue my college endeavors, but it really means a lot for the community as a whole because they support so many organizations from high school students with scholarships all the way to building playgrounds like the one they just built and opened a few weeks ago.”Hannah Luviano, Kiwanis Scholarship Recipient
Hannah’s words couldn’t ring more true. The Kiwanis Breakfast at Berglund is sweeter than syrup it represents service, benefitting community organizations and helps young people like herself to continue to make a powerful impact.
“We’re getting a number of requests by nonprofits for help. The economy is tough right now, there are a number of people in need and your pancake ticket really will do a lot of good to help the disadvantaged of Roanoke Valley.”Mike McEvoy, President-Elect Kiwanis Club of Roanoke
The pancake breakfast will take place at the Berglund Center this Saturday from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. The tickets are $5.00 in advance and $7.00 day of the event. The Blue Ridge Chapter of the Sports Car Club of America is conducting an Autocross Event in a portion of the Berglund Center parking lot with the proceeds going to the Kiwanis Club.
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