CASPER, Wyo. — Casper College might be on spring break, but the sweet smell of bacon, eggs, sausage and lots and lots of pancakes wafted through Tobin Dining Hall this morning as the Kiwanis Club of Casper hosted its 68th annual Pancake Festival.
The fundraiser, which lasts until roughly 1 p.m. at the Casper College dining hall, has already fed hundreds of people in just its first couple hours.
“I’d say we’ve already had about 700 people,” Kiwanis Club member Karen Ewart said. “That’s definitely more than we had by this point last year.”
The Pancake Festival is the club’s largest fundraiser of the year, member Mike Keim said. Money raised through the event goes back into the community to support area youth in a number of programs and projects.
In years past, those programs have included funding reading programs at schools, building picnic shelters at area parks, sponsoring Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, building a handicapped children’s park at the North Casper Sports Complex, adding a bench and gazebo overlooking the Platte River and more, Keim said.
“The money that’s raised here today, 100% of it will go towards our Youth and Activities Fund,” Keim said. “Our club’s major focus is the children in our community.”