Flapjacks and fire safety: pancake breakfast returns to Mokena

MOKENA, IL – Residents of Mokena and the surrounding area can start preparing to get their fix of flapjack, as the Mokena Fire Protection District and Mokena Lions Club return for their annual breakfast at the pancakes and their open house from 7:30 a.m. to noon on October 3.

Griddle Grandmasters will serve stacked pancakes, sear sausages and swarm with fresh fruit, while attendees will have the chance to learn about Fire District fire safety and help contribute to individuals and organizations. supported by Mokena Lions Club.

This year will mark the fifth collaboration between the Fire District and the Lions Club for the event, said Howard Stephens, district manager of Mokena fire protection.

“The fire department hosted their pancake breakfast in October, coinciding with fire safety week. And the Lions Club historically hosted their pancake breakfast in April,” Stephens said. “It worked well for both organizations, but a few years ago we decided to join forces and have a pancake breakfast so the two organizations could team up and help each other talk to the community and serve the community. “

Stephens said there will be a noticeable difference at this year’s event: Seating will take place outside the Mokena FPD station, located at 19853 Wolf Road, to help protect against the spread of COVID -19.

“We’re going to set up tables outside and we’re going to set up portable tents to improve seating in case someone doesn’t want to sit in the sun,” Stephens said. “So it’s going to be a little different this year, but we’re going all the way.”

Mokena Lions Club event coordinator Israel Smith said funds raised during the event go directly to the community through the various services offered by the Lions Club and the many organizations it supports.

“Leader Dogs for the Blind is a great [that Lions Club supports]. Also Heartland Service Dogs which is local to Mokena is another big one that we support, ”said Smith. “There are youth camps that are organized by Lions. All of our funds that we raise remain local. “

The Mokena Lions Club also helps support the Illinois Lions Club, which provided food, water and other resources affected by natural disasters, Smith said.

But it’s not just the Lions Club that helps others; rather, it’s a community effort to help make the pancake breakfast a success. Country Charm in New Lenox donates the pancake batter, Berkot’s Super Foods in Mokena donates the sausages, and Edible Arrangements in Mokena donates the fruit cups. Egg Cetera Cafe in Mokena provides juice and milk, and An English Garden in Mokena helps complete the ambiance with table arrangements.

But what is the secret ingredient to complete Pancake Breakfast?

“It must be the elbow grease,” Smith said. “We mix Lions and firefighters who cook and serve our pancakes and sausages. … It truly is a local community event where people and businesses come together to help. And there are some great pancakes for sure. “

The Pancake Breakfast and Open House is a free event for the public. Donations are appreciated, and there will be a collection of canned and non-perishable products for the benefit of the Canton of Frankfort pantry.

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