Local Leaders Serve Pancakes for Haven House

A local emergency shelter for families got a big boost today as community leaders flipped flap-jacks for Haven House– raising thousands of dollars.

Christa Lamendola has the story.

It’s a breakfast for champions— pancake champions that is.

“Today I’m the pancake king.”

Local leaders laced up their aprons this morning to see who could make the most money in tips while serving up pancakes at Applebee’s.

“For a donation in my tip jar people could get whipped cream on their pancakes– sprinkles chocolate chips and other toppings,” said Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum.

“We’re all these serious professionals and to get out on a Saturday morning and be able to do this it’s a great thing,” said President and CEO of Great Lakes Capital Fund Mark McDaniel.

And the pancakes were a pretty big hit too.

More than 160 people showed up to the event hosted by the Great Lakes Capital Fund.

“[I had pancakes and sprinkles and ] chocolate chips— were the pancakes good? Yes!,” said 5-year-old Bryce Delaney.

East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett and Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum battled each other and other community leaders like Joan Jackson-Johnson, Mark McDaniel and Tony Baltimore.

But only one took home the pancake trophy.

And in the midst of all the bacon and syrup— the group raised more than 14 thousand dollars for Haven House, a local shelter for families.

“They’re missing that move in cost– that first month’s rent and security deposit, those one-time cost. So, this is money that will really move families from the shelter into their own home,” said Gabriel Biber of Haven House.

And whether people were eating pancakes or serving them— organizers say the benefit will serve the community for years to come.

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