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HUDSON -- If stacks of all-you-can-eat, fluffy golden pancakes slathered in melting butter, dripping with sweet warm sticky syrup and a side or two of sausage sounds like a great Saturday breakfast consider stopping by Hudson High School March 4 and grabbing a plate or two.
The Hudson Parent Teacher Organization will be filling the halls of the school with the aroma of breakfast heaven during its 60th annual Pancake Breakfast March 4 from 8 a.m. until noon in the Hudson High School commons.
"We invite everyone in Hudson to attend this community event," said Jennifer Fisher, who is co-chairing the event with Laura Jones and Sue Carter. "The Hudson PTO raises money, in part, to financially supplement the education of children in the HCSD."
According to Fisher, the Pancake Breakfast is the organization's largest fundraiser and enables the Hudson PTO to award scholarships and grants ranging from $17,000 to $21,000 each year.
"Past grants enabled the district to purchase Google Chromebooks early on as part of a pilot program to determine whether they were a good fit for students," Fisher said. "Recent grant requests for modified seating in classrooms and libraries have allowed students and staff to interact in more comfortable settings."
And each year five graduating seniors receive a $1,000 scholarship for educational needs, she added.
"The Hudson PTO takes great pride in the financial support it provides the Hudson City School District, but that assistance is only possible through the support of the entire Hudson community as it attends the Pancake Breakfast," Fisher said. "The Pancake Committee works hard to get all food, cups, plates and utensils donated as well as amazing prizes so that ticket sales result in the greatest profit possible -- so the more people who attend the breakfast, the higher the profit."
Executive sponsors for the event include: Discovery Tours, The Hudson School of Music, Great Clips and Chervenic Realty. US Foods is a community sponsor for the breakfast.
Last year $21,000 was raised by the breakfast and Fisher is hoping for more this year.
"We usually see an increase in attendance with anniversary years, so we're hoping more attendees will make this year's profit even higher," Flowers said. "We're offering a robust schedule of music and entertainment, great food, a pancake eating contest, fun children's games, and amazing raffle packages."
There is also a sports package worth $1,250 which includes tickets to see the Cavs, Indians, Monsters and Gladiators. There is also an "Eat Out Hudson" package containing $600 in gift cards to local restaurants.
"Families will want a chance at the Xbox One Minecraft Edition Bundle worth $300 and everyone will drop in a ticket for the Kalahari Getaway package valued at almost $800," Fisher said.
The long-standing tradition continues due to the work of the PTO and the kitchen crew of Bruce Hubach, according to Fisher.
However, there is another reason the event continues to grow each year -- the pancakes.
"The reason people come back every year to the breakfast is for the delicious Perkins pancakes," Fisher said. "Mike Jamison, from Perkins in Hudson, comes to the high school kitchen on Friday night to mix the pancake batter, ensuring each pancake we serve is fluffy and tasty."
Flowers said the PTO is grateful for the support of Perkins as well as the other food donors, including Gordon Food Service for providing sausage and Hudson's Restaurant for donating all the milk and juice.
In years past some families who had allergy sufferers were unable to attend. However, the PTO also serves pancakes made from Cherrybrook Kitchen mix, ensuring that there is food for all.
Specific food ingredient information can be found on the Hudson PTO website at hudsonpto.org.
Entertainment will include:the Hudson Middle School Jazz Ensemble; Hudson High School Jazz Ensemble I; Hudson High School Jazz Ensemble II; Hudson Youth/Children's Choir; East Woods Fifth Grade Orchestras; East Woods Choirs; Hudson Middle School Sixth and Seventh Grade Choirs; Hudson Middle School Show Choir and "Vocal Impact" High School Swing Choir.
"The PTO Pancake Breakfast is a great way to start your Saturday. Come and enjoy a hot cup of coffee with your all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage and see lots of familiar faces," Fisher said. "And in celebration of the 60th anniversary, try your luck at the pancake eating contest. Visit the back gym behind the Children's Game at 10 a.m. and see how quickly you can eat a pancake without using your hands. Winners receive raffle tickets to our many great prizes."