Nonprofits join forces for flapjack fun

By: Cari DeLamielleure-Scott | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published July 27, 2016

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WEST BLOOMFIELD —  Do you have what it takes to catch your food? 

Then head on down to the West Bloomfield High School cafeteria July 30 for the Greater West Bloomfield Charity Cakes fundraiser. The breakfast event — which is hosted by the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission, the Greater West Bloomfield Community Coalition, the Rotary Club of West Bloomfield and the West Bloomfield Optimist Club — will run 8 a.m.-noon. The proceeds will be split equally between the three nonprofits to be used for each organization’s kids programs.  

Last year, the four groups came together to host the Grub Crawl; but this year, they decided to transition to a family-friendly fundraiser, explained Meagan Kurnat, marketing coordinator for the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission. Although the event is tailored toward families, she said that adults without kids are more than welcome to join in the fun. 

“We all worked together on the Grub Crawl event last year, but we wanted to come up with an event that … the whole community can get behind,” Kurnat said. 

The Parks and Recreation Commission will not be hosting the Grub Crawl this year. 

“(The Grub Crawl) might be one of those events you take a couple years off and (then) do it again. I don’t think it needs to happen every year,” Kurnat said. 

Tickets for Charity Cakes cost $10 per person for people ages 4 and older. Tickets cost $5 for children younger than 4. The breakfast will include all-you-can-eat pancakes, turkey sausage, and orange juice or coffee. Tickets are tax deductible.

The Super Supporter tickets are for people who want to “give a little extra help” to the nonprofits, Kurnat said. For $50, Super Supporters will receive the VIP treatment, which includes a T-shirt, jump-the-line privileges and event recognition. Kurnat said that the $100 sponsorships are already sold out, and those businesses and individuals will receive recognition on the event banner. 

But there’s a twist to this delicious event. In order to eat the pancakes, you’ll have to catch them! Katie’s Pancakes, of Ohio, will liven up the event by tossing pancakes to guests. 

“It’s a fun little show they have,” Kurnat said.

“This fundraiser will help (the) Optimist Club of West Bloomfield continue our programs that help kids, such as our holiday party, Cookies & Cash and our scholarship awards,” said Marge Schwartz, an Optimist Club board member. 

Because the event is being held the same weekend as the Orchard Lake Fine Art Show, the hope is that people will stop by the breakfast before heading to the art fair, said Lisa Berkey, executive director of the Greater West Bloomfield Community Coalition. 

“We’re coming together to raise funds ... to help kids in our area,” Berkey said. “How often do you get food thrown at you?”

Besides breakfast, kids can get their faces painted or jump in the bounce house, both of which are included in the ticket price. 

The groups will hold three raffle drawings for kids and adult prizes, including tickets to the Adventure Park at West Bloomfield. 

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.westbloomfieldparks.org or call (248) 451-1900. West Bloomfield High School is located at 4925 Orchard Lake Road in West Bloomfield.