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Lions plan for Santa visit

Lions club members Fred Peyton, Doug Ladner and Dr. Julia Gildon make plans in the Jess Odom Community Center Blue Room kitchen for Santa’s big visit on Dec. 14. Peyton said he wanted to double the pancake batter mix on hand for what has become one of the city’s biggest public events. Photo by Bill LawsonBuy Photo
Lions club members Fred Peyton, Doug Ladner and Dr. Julia Gildon make plans in the Jess Odom Community Center Blue Room kitchen for Santa’s big visit on Dec. 14. Peyton said he wanted to double the pancake batter mix on hand for what has become one of the city’s biggest public events. Photo by Bill Lawson

It has grown into one of the largest annual public events in Maumelle but Maumelle Lions Club members are finalizing plans for the annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa.

Lion’s president Dr. Julia Gildon said it’s all about the kids but the Lions get excited thinking about the children’s reaction to Santa’s visit as well. It has become the clubs primary fundraiser to support its extensive volunteer efforts.

Founding president Doug Ladner said the attendance has grown each year as parents take this opportunity to give the younger generation that final visit to bend Santa’s ear before the big day. More and more attend each year, he said.

Scheduled for this Saturday the all-you-can-eat pancakes will be served from 8 a.m. through 11 a.m. Gildon said. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for Seniors and $3 for children 12 and under.

Peyton who supervises the kitchen that day said there will be an endless supply of pancakes and he encouraged everyone to attend, whether you have small children or not.

He said it would warm your heart just to watch these youngsters get excited over visiting Santa. And a few of them can really put away the pancakes, Peyton said.

In addition to the pancakes and Santa event, photographers will be there to capture the children in action.

Co-sponsors are the city of Maumelle, the Maumelle Youth Council and Studio 1Photography who’ll be recording the youngsters visit with the jolly old man available in packages priced from $10 to $45 with a portion going towards the Lion’s Club charitable outreach.

Maumelle Lions said all of their funds go toward local blind services with a small portion earmarked for national research.

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