68th Annual Pancake Day Today, Oct. 5, at Rich East High School

Kiwanis volunteer cooks for Pancake Day in 2018.
Kiwanis volunteer cooks for Pancake Day at Rich East High School in 2018. (Gary Kopycinski)

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Pancake Day has finally arrived.

The Kiwanis Club of Park Forest’s 68th Annual Pancake Day takes place today, Saturday, Oct. 5, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rich East High School, 300 Sauk Trail.

eNews Park Forest is, once again, the ticket sponsor for Pancake Day. Check out the back of your ticket!

Pankatron pancake day
Do you remember the Pankatron? Become a member of Kiwanis of Park Forest to help bring it back! (Gary Kopycinski)

Pancake Day has been a proud community tradition for decades. Attendees enjoy all-you-can-eat golden brown pancakes and sizzling sausage. Connect with neighbors, reconnect with old friends, and celebrate community while taking part in a fantastic breakfast benefiting an even better cause.

Tickets at the door are $4 for kids 12 and under and $8 for adults.

Mayor John Ostenburg, Village President Pat Kelly, Jackie Ostenburg
Former Village President Pat Kelly enjoys Kiwanis Pancake Day with Jackie Ostenburg and former Mayor John Ostenburg at Rich East High School on October 6, 2018. (Photo: Gary Kopycinski

The Kiwanis Club of Park Forest was founded in 1951 as a member of Kiwanis International with a commitment to community service for children, young people, the aging, and the needy in local and international settings. The club sponsors numerous service projects through local organizations such as: Key Clubs at Rich Township High Schools, youth programs at the Park Forest Police and Fire Departments, Nurses Plus, Children’s Memorial Hospital, Rich Township Food Pantry, Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS), Faith United Protestant Church, Park Forest Library, Tall Grass Arts Association, the Illinois Philharmonic, the Park Forest Historical Society, and Spastic Paralysis Research. Kiwanis International has awarded the club many Distinguished Club Awards for outstanding community service.

Photos from the 2018 Park Forest Kiwanis Pancake Day

Remember the Pankatron?

Kiwanis International consists of:

Kiwanis – about 8000 clubs located in 80 nations with some 260,000 adult members.

Circle K International – the largest university leadership organization in the world performing half a million hours of service each year with more than 12,600 members in 17 nations.

Key Club International – the oldest and largest high school service leadership organization with some 5,000 clubs in 30 nations.

Builders Club – a “student-led” community service organization with more than 42,000 adolescent members.

Aktion Club – allows adults living with disabilities to participate in community service projects with some 92,500 service hours each year.

Kiwanis Kids – a service leadership program for primary school students with more than 33,000 members.

The Eliminate Project – a Kiwanis worldwide service project, in partnership with UNICEF, to raise $100 million and save the lives of 129 million mothers and their future babies through the elimination of maternal/neonatal tetanus by 2015. Maternal/neonatal tetanus kills one baby every nine minutes.

Worldwide, Kiwanis clubs participate in some 150,000 service projects and raise nearly 107 million dollars each year for communities, families, and projects.