February 10, 2024

By John Beaudoin

After many years flipping pancakes for a good cause, Lee’s Summit Social Services’ annual event has a new home in 2024.

The 26th Annual Pancake Breakfast will be held for the first time ever at Bridge Space, 210 SW Market in downtown Lee’s Summit, 7-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17. The popular community event was held for many years at First Baptist Church.

“First Baptist Church has been an amazing support and in fact are still wonderful partners with us at Lee’s Summit Social Services,” Executive Director Megan Salerno said. “We certainly hope we get to see many of our First Baptist Church and other community friends and supporters at our new location at Bridge Space.”

Bridge Space is a co-working event facility housed in the former downtown Post Office branch. Parking is available on site on both the east and west sides of the building.

One of the largest fundraisers of the year for Lee’s Summit Social Services, the annual event has hosted thousands of attendees since the late 1990s. Funds from the event will benefit the communities and families served by the agency on a weekly basis, including weekly groceries and rent/utility assistance.

“Coming out of the holidays and a slow January, this event always happens at just the right time for us and our community,” Salerno said. “No matter where we hold the Pancake Breakfast, this event always brings out our neighbors, families and friends for an enjoyable morning of pancakes and good conversations.”

For businesses wishing to support the event, sponsorships of $250 will include their name or logo listed on the placemats at the event. A “full-table” sponsor of $500 will have the entire table named with the logo of the individual or business provided. Any donation is welcome. For more information, email Tonee Schwartz, tonee@lssocialservices.com.

Tickets can be purchased day of the event and are $6 for adults, $4 for children.

Lee’s Summit Social Services is an emergency assistance organization that provides financial, food pantry and utility resources to meet the basic needs in the communities of Lee’s Summit, Greenwood, Lake Lotawana and Lone Jack.