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Pancake Breakfast to Benefit Vision and Hearing Impaired

The Grayslake Lions Club will host an all you can eat pancake breakfast April 10 from 7:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Grayslake Fire Station.

Are you hungry? Want someone else to cook your breakfast, all for a good cause?

Then mark your calendar to attend the annual Pancake Breakfast. Enjoy an all you can eat buffet of pancakes, toppings, sausage and beverages next Sunday, April 10 from 7:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the downtown Grayslake Fire Station to help raise money for the hearing and vision impaired.

“The mission of the Lions Club is to help the hearing and sight impaired. In Grayslake we need the funds to help provide eye exams and glasses for our school children whose parents cannot afford to provide [these items],” said Darlene Dorfler, Grayslake Lions Club Pancake Breakfast chair. “There is nothing worse than not being able to see what is going on or able to read.”

The Grayslake Lions Club also helps adults and seniors who need financial assistance to purchase glasses or hearing aids, sponsors one to two children to attend Camp Lions, a camp designed for sight or hearing impaired children, and offers a scholarship to students at District 127 who are hearing or visually impaired or who plan to work in that field, Dorfler said.

The charge for the all you can eat breakfast is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and older, $4 for children ages 6 through 12 and it’s free for children 5 and under.

Dorfler has chaired the Pancake Breakfast for over 10 years. Prior to 2000, Dorfler was a Lioness but in 1998 that club was disbanded and members became Lions.

“The Lions have held the Pancake Breakfast since the year 2000 and prior to that it was a fundraiser for the Grayslake Lioness club," she said. "When we became Lions, the Pancake Breakfast came with us."

Last year the event attracted about 460 people, she said. This year attendees can look forward to the 50/50 raffle and the Grayslake Heritage Center, conveniently located next door, being open for tours.

In addition, “the firemen will show children the fire trucks, which they always enjoy,” Dorfler said.

Cynthia Lee, Grayslake Lions Club treasurer, said that nurses from District 127 recommend students when choosing those who may need assistance with eye or ear impairment. For more information, visit www.grayslakelionsclub.org.

The club meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Meetings are open to the public and new members are welcome.

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