Fundraiser breakfast offers a warm atmosphere on a dreary day

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[April 16, 2016]   LINCOLN - This past Sunday the weather was damp and chilly with rain spitting throughout the morning. For many, this may have been the perfect setting for a morning of enjoying some breakfast “comfort” food. The Humane Society of Logan County and the American Legion were happy to provide that type of menu to hundreds of local folks.

The fundraiser breakfast to benefit the Humane Society and the American Legion Baseball program included serve-yourself scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, ham, bacon, biscuits, gravy, homemade donuts, along with a nice fruit salad, and plenty of coffee and orange juice.

According to Sue Newman, a volunteer for the HSLC, approximately 350 meal tickets were sold before the breakfast, and a lot more were sold as people walked in the door. The money earned for the HSLC will go to assist with the daily care of the many homeless animals the shelter provides care for in the course of a year.

In the kitchen, members of the American Legion were kept busy keeping up with the demand for the tasty breakfast foods. Among the many workers was Doug DeMay, who was helping with preparing bacon while others cooked eggs and stirred the gravy. DeMay said that a portion of each meal ticket would be given to the American Legion Summer Baseball program.


Back out in the dining area, Judy Conzo and Marilyn Wheat, along with other volunteers were manning the pie table where guests could buy an entire pie to take home and enjoy later. Conzo said the pie sale is a very popular part of this annual breakfast. This year, the HSLC had collected 36 pies to start the day at 8 a.m.

By 10 a.m. 33 of those pies had gone out the door. While talking about the pie sale, Lincoln Alderwoman Jonie Tibbs snatched up a tasty looking pecan pie, and another customer was eyeing the last pumpkin pie in the mix. There was no doubt that by the time the event ended at 11 a.m. there would be no more than one pie remaining.

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As with any meal, there are always dirty dishes left behind. On hand Sunday morning was the Lincoln Community High School National Honor Society to help with the issue of dirty dishes. According to NHS member Zach McCray, there were ten members of the NHS on hand to perform various tasks. Some were manning the drink station and assuring that coffee and juice stayed in good supply. Others were bussing tables, cleaning up the mess after diners left with appetites well satisfied. There were also NHS members who stood watch at the door, greeting guests as they arrived, and thanking them as they left. McCray said that there was no monetary benefit for the NHS, but that volunteering to assist with fundraisers such as this one help members to fulfill their requirements for hours of community service.

Throughout the morning, in spite of the dreary chill outside, it was warm and pleasant inside the American Legion, as guests arrived, filled their plates and sat down to enjoy a hearty meal with family and friends.

[Nila Smith]

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