For the third year in a row, Sun City Center is hosting a Fourth of July pancake breakfast to start off the holiday.
From 7 a.m. to noon Friday, 120 volunteers will prepare red, white and blue pancakes – strawberry, plain and blueberry – with scrambled eggs, sausage, juice and coffee for $5. The breakfast is open to the public.
Last year volunteers served more than 1,300 people in the Atrium’s Florida room. This year, with more than 1,500 people expected and the construction going on at the Community Association parking lot, the event will be held at Community Hall, 1910 Pebble Beach Blvd. S. With 12 griddles for pancakes, six frying pans for scrambled eggs and three serving lines, organizers Sam Sudman and his wife, Joanne, are confident everything will run smoothly.
This is the second year the Sudmans have volunteered to take on the monumental breakfast.
“Once you have the basics down and the network of volunteers (set up), it seems to all fall into place,” Sudman said. “Joann and I are committed to making life better in Sun City Center, and this is one way to accomplish that.”
The first hurdle is finding help.
“It’s challenging with the snow birds gone and younger people moving here that aren’t aware of the need for volunteers,” said Sudman. “But this community (overall) is committed to volunteerism to support our lifestyle,” he said.
Sudman hopes to clear approximately $3,000 this year, which will be allocated to Sun City Center’s fireworks fund. The annual displays are funded solely from donations and fundraisers, he said.
Jane Keegan, association board president, recently announced the CA will not be sponsoring fireworks this year due to parking limitations around the North Pebble Beach construction site. Instead a “Plan B” will offer residents the opportunity of viewing the Washington, D.C., fireworks display in air-conditioned comfort.
From 8 to 9 p.m., the CA is sponsoring “inside fireworks” for all Sun City Center residents, when the D.C. fireworks will be shown on flat screen TVs at Community Hall. There will be free ice cream for CA members and their guests. Seating will not be provided, so attendees are advised to bring a lawn chair or blanket for their comfort.
Due to space limitations the event will not be open to the public.
For additional information, email [email protected] or call (813) 633-3106.
Dosi Loverro is a freelance writer who can be reached at [email protected]