Hudson -- Residents looking for a hot breakfast of pancakes swimming in syrup and butter, sausages hot off the grill and a variety of entertainment options need look no further than Hudson High School on March 2.
From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. volunteers will be dishing up food and fun in the high school commons for the PTO's 56th annual Pancake Breakfast.
"There will be an alumni exhibit and art show in the main gym and children's games in the auxiliary gym," Parent Teacher Organization President Jennifer Fisher said Feb. 19. "And performances by school and community groups take place throughout the morning in the auditorium and on the stage in the commons."
Included with the food and games will be raffles, Fisher added.
"The Pancake Breakfast is Hudson PTO's largest fundraiser of the year," Fisher said. "The money we make from this event funds staff and administrative grant requests, student scholarships and teacher of the year awards."
More than $20,000 was raised last year from event proceeds.
"Each year we hope to make as much money as possible to support the Hudson City School District," Fisher said.
The menu includes "made from scratch" Perkins pancakes, sausage, coffee, juice and milk, Fisher said.
The fundraiser is always the first Saturday in March, Fisher said.
"The Hudson PTO works hard to raise money throughout the school year to help enhance the education of every child in the Hudson City School District," Fisher said. "We live in a wonderful city with many generous people and businesses whose support makes the Pancake Breakfast possible and we encourage all members of the community to attend the breakfast."
The event is "a great time to come out of winter hibernation and eat good food, enjoy student entertainment and visit with old friends and new," Fisher said.
"We feel it's truly a Hudson tradition that everyone can take part in," Fisher added.
The breakfast "is a prime example of the wonderful support that Hudson Schools receive from our community," Board of Education President Dave Zuro said.
"This fun event is a way for families and friends to gather not only for an enjoyable breakfast, but also to experience some of the many talents of our students on display," Zuro added. "Always well-attended, the breakfast serves as an effective fundraiser that enables the PTO to provide a number of extras for our classrooms that otherwise would not be available."
The breakfast would not be possible with the efforts of the many volunteers and sponsors helping out, Zuro said.
"Our school district is grateful for all of the ways in which the PTO supports our students," Zuro said.
Sponsors include: Perkins Restaurant & Bakery; US. Foods; Hudson's Restaurant & Catering; Thrivent Financial for Lutherans; School Bus Safety Company and Ohio Foot & Ankle Center.
Advanced tickets are on sale through February at The Learned Owl and Hudson's Acme Fresh Market. Advanced tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children. Ticket prices at the door will be $8 for adults and $6 for children.
For more information on volunteering or sponsorship visit http://hudsonpto.org/.