MARQUETTE - The YMCA of Marquette played host to hundreds of people between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday, as community members filled their stomachs for a good cause at the 37th Annual Rotary of Marquette Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser.
According to Jorma Lankinen, a member of the Marquette Monday noon Rotary, which sponsored the event, more than 1,000 people were served.
And unlike some years, when the lines tend to slow near the end, Lankinen said the lines were full until the event's conclusion.
Noon Rotary member Jorma Lankinen, right, serves up a stack of pancakes at the service club’s annual breakfast Sunday morning at the YMCA in Marquette. Although specific numbers are still being tabulated, Lankinen said the event typically raises between $12,000 and $14,000. The funds go to local projects. (Journal photo by Bud Sargent)
"We had people waiting before we started at 9 a.m. and we had people still there well after 1 p.m.," Lankinen said.
The breakfast cost $7 per person, with the money raised going toward local organizations such as The Beacon House, the Upper Peninsula Children's Museum and the Marquette Women's Center.
"It's extremely important because there are so many deserving groups in our community and they would be devastated without these fundraisers," Lankinen said.
The Rotary Club will not know the total funds raised for a few more days, but it typically raises between $12,000 and $14,000.
Lankinen added that anyone can become a part of the Rotary and help with fundraisers.
"This is an excellent way to give back to a community who gives so much to us as individuals."
Abbey Hauswirth can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 240.