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Pancake event set for Saturday
Paige Chastain offers her daughter James some pancake during last years Noon Exchange Club pancake fundraiser at Applebees. This years event will be from 8 to 10 a.m. this Saturday and is $5 a plate.

The syrup will be flowing Saturday morning at Applebee’s as McMinnville’s Noon Exchange Club partners with the high school Excel Club to offer a pancake breakfast to raise money for their community efforts.
“You can eat and eat and eat,” said Exchange Club district director Duane Sherrill of the annual all-you-can-eat pancake event which serves as one of the club’s yearly fundraisers.
Doors open at 8 a.m. at Applebee’s for the pancake breakfast. Tickets are $5 at the door and include drink. Serving will continue until 10 a.m.
According to Sherrill, the money raised by serving pancakes will benefit a good cause.
“The money we will raise this Saturday morning will go to make Christmas a little merrier for children who might not otherwise have anything underneath the tree,” he said of Noon Exchange’s annual Children’s Christmas Party in which the club, along with the high school Excel Club, hold a Christmas party for children in need, providing presents, food, games, Bibles from the Gideon’s and a visit from Santa.
“Not only are you getting the best pancakes around but you’re doing it for a good cause,” Sherrill said. “You’re going to eat breakfast anyway so why not come out and let us serve you?”
The event is made possible by a generous partnership in which Applebee’s helps local organizations by providing their facilities, employees and the pancakes to help in fundraisers.