Hudson -- More than 2,400 tickets were sold for the March 2 PTO Pancake Breakfast at Hudson High School, which could bring in about $17,000 in profit.
The 56th annual PTO Pancake Breakfast was in the high school commons from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
"Even more people actually attended the event to view the art show and enjoy the musical entertainment," according to Parent Teacher Organization President Jennifer Fisher, who called the event a success. "While our goal is to raise money for the schools, we also strive hard to bring the community together for a family friendly event."
More than 250 volunteers helped dip and serve 120 gallons of Perkins pancake batter, which made about 6,500 pancakes, Fisher said. Covering those pancakes was almost 3,000 butter pats and 33 gallons of syrup.
"So many people asked for more of the delicious Perkins pancakes it was hard to keep track," Fisher said.
But it was not just pancakes flying off the griddles; 5,000 sausage links were served on the side. To wash the meal down, attendees went through 68 gallons of orange juice and 27 gallons of ice-cold milk, Fisher added.
Organizers are still totalling up expenses, but as of March 4 they estimated the breakfast will bring in about $17,000 in profits.
"We heard nothing but positive comments all morning," Fisher said. "Many people came early to enjoy a hot breakfast before they started their day and ran into friends from all over Hudson."
There were a variety of musical acts which Fisher said were "great."
"The applause was tremendous, plates were licked clean, and everyone I saw wore a smile," she said. "It doesn't get better than that."
The PTO is already talking about areas that can be "tweaked" and additional ideas for next year, Fisher said.
"The wonderful thing about a volunteer organization like the PTO is that we always have new people coming on board with fresh perspectives," Fisher said. "That keeps us from getting stale and means next year's breakfast will be one to look forward to."
Superintendent Steve Farnsworth called the breakfast "a record breaker."
"We served more people than ever before and, by all accounts, the pancakes and sausage were better tasting than ever," Farnsworth said.
"This has become a real tradition in the Hudson City Schools and we love the fact that so many of our citizens come into our high school on the first Saturday in March to support the schools through purchasing a delicious breakfast."
The PTO Pancake Breakfast gives administrators and staff an opportunity to join the PTO and community volunteers serving "members of our community who have been so supportive of our schools," Farnsworth said.
Guests were also treated to an alumni exhibit and art show in the main gym and children's games in the auxiliary gym, and performances by school and community groups which took take place throughout the morning in the auditorium and on the stage in the commons.
The Pancake Breakfast is the PTO's largest fundraiser of the year. Proceeds fund staff and administrative grant requests, student scholarships and teacher of the year awards.
"We are fortunate to live in Hudson, a town where people give so generously of their time and money," Fisher said. "The PTO is extremely grateful to all those who helped make this year's Pancake Breakfast not only a reality but a much loved annual event."