On Sunday February 8th we held our 21st Annual Pancake Breakfast and Blood Drive and it was, once again, a great success!

Over 600 Oak Forest residents were served a free Pancake breakfast and were treated to amazing entertainment.  The program included: "Mexico in my skin” under the direction of Maria Almazon, OFHS Jazz Ensemble directed by Mr. Nicholas Rojek and OFHS Choir Ensemble, directed by Mr. Victor Pazik.  Katie Painter the super, vocal music teacher at G. Kerkstra, and Lee R. Foster Schools, the choirs included more than 120+ students.   The Oak Forest Park District's "Momentum Dance Force" and Sparkler Cheer Teams" presented by Sara Byrnes, Katie Scheidt, Ramon Maybell.    The outstanding Jack Hille Middle School Jazz and Woodwind Ensembles were directed by Steve Nendza.

At the same time, 67 individuals registered to donate blood.  56 pints were collected in total and will be used to help save up to 168 lives!  Residents, Rotarians, City Officials and others all showed incredible support and made this a huge success.

The Oak Forest Interact Club assisted in several capacities and also ran a 50/50 raffle to help fund some of their projects for the year.  They collected $357 and were pleasantly surprised when the winner decided to donate back his half of the winnings!

The Club itself even collected $670 of cash donations at the door and had a Sponsor that help fray costs this year as well.  Thank you again Judge Automotive and Towing Inc.

As a "newer" Rotarian this was just the 2nd of the 21 Pancake Breakfasts I have had the pleasure to be a part of.  I personally find this program to involve the most Rotarians and be amongst one of the more fun and rewarding that we take part in each year.  Thank you to every for making it a great success!

Only a handful of pictures are shown below, but we will also be adding a photo album to our website with many more soon as well.  Lastly, if anyone would like a copy of the program or the thank you letter sent out please let me know and i would be happy to send it out.  I can be reached at bill@thorntonpowell.com