Sunflower Diversified Services set a new record when 575 people lined up for the non-profit agency’s annual pancake dinner recently.
Sunflower serves infants, toddlers and adults with developmental disabilities and delays in central Kansas.
“We couldn’t be more grateful to this generous community,” said Connie Oetken, director of development. “The pancake feed has always been popular during its 15-year history; we usually draw close to 500 people. We are gratified that it continues to grow.”
The dinner and the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce Coffee at Westside Market, both on Sept. 15, were the kick-off events for Sunflower’s Sunrise Campaign. All proceeds remain in local and area communities to support people of all ages with disabilities.
“Those who donate to any of Sunflower’s fundraisers can be assured that every penny stays right here in our service area,” Oetken said. “The Sunrise Campaign is vital because it helps fill some financial gaps for the people we serve.
“Tax revenue doesn’t even come close to meeting all the needs we see every day,” she explained. “We simply cannot offer some services without the generosity of Sunflower supporters.”
Proceeds from fundraising events help with many items, including adaptive and communications equipment, and medical and dental services.
Oetken noted that Chris Cakes once again did a great job of flipping the flapjacks. She also voiced appreciation to DJ Cain, Scott Donovan and Prince of Peace Parish.
“Everyone enjoys the deejay and Scott from Eagle Radio,” Oetken commented. “There’s never a dull moment. It is great to be able to help our neighbors and have fun at the same time.
“And, of course, our heartfelt thanks to everyone who bought tickets to the dinner and attended the chamber coffee,” she added.
Sunflower serves individuals and families in Barton, Pawnee, Rice, Rush and Stafford counties. It is in its 50thyear.