Kiwanis Club: No pancakes, but sponsors still give funds

Toni Heiden

The Grand Junction Kiwanis Club canceled its Pancake Day for the first time since the annual fund-raiser started in 1967. But thanks to corporate sponsors, nearly $14,000 still was raised.

Toni Heiden-Moran, chairwoman of the Kiwanis Pancake Day and Fun Fest, said 38 businesses that agreed to sponsor the event declined refunds even though the event was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The businesses decided to allow the club to keep a total of $13,650  that will be contributed to local organizations helping children.

“Kiwanis thanks all our corporate sponsors. All money collected goes back to the children,”  Heiden-Moran said.

Kiwanis Pancake Day and Fun Fest is scheduled to resume in June 2021.

The Kiwanis Club held its first Pancake Day in 1967. Members set up tables and chairs on Main Street and cooked pancakes on Army camp stores.

The event has evolved over the years. In 2015, the event was moved from a Friday to a Saturday. Games for children were added, and nonprofit groups were invited to set up information booths.

For 2020, Leonard Silence was a platinum sponsor of more than $1,500.

Silver sponsors of more than $500 each were:  1st & Grand Shell Station; Advanced Skin Care and Laser Center; Avalanche Heating, Cooling and Plumbing; Barnes Electric; Blythe Group and Co.; Enstrom Candies; Grand Junction Subaru; Grand Valley Power; Home Loan Insurance; Mesa Jewelers; and Whitewater Building Materials.

Bronze Sponsors of more than $250 each were: AirTech and Haining Home Services; Bechtel, Santo and Severn; Catherine C. Burkey  PC; Dalby, Wendland and Co.;  Dufford Waldeck Law; EC Electric; Five Lights Pet Crematory; Edward Jones Investments-Erick Field; GeoStabilization International; Julie M Gillis DDS; Grand Mesa Medical Supply; Impact Promotional Products; Hilltop; J. Dyer Construction;  JG Management Systems; Kokopelli Animal Hospital; Office Outfitters and Planners; Monument Waste Services; Rider & Quesenberry;  Rocky Mountain Sanitation; Sooper Credit Union; State Farm-Seth Rockey; Storm’s Specialty Services and Weichert Realtors-Heiden Homes Realty.

Sponsors donating more than $100 each were: Burton Orthodontics; Tom Burwell; and Grand Mesa Mechanical, Plumbing, Heating and Cooling.