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Time for the annual bike ride after those tasty pancakes
The organizers of the Sept. 17 “Flapjack Give Back” kickoff fundraiser for the 2016 United Way of Screven County campaign asked residents whether they were hungry for some pancakes.
The answer came back with a solid “yes.”
The social hall of the First United Methodist Church in Sylvania was busy through the two-hour event as 2015 celebrity chef champion Rachel Thompson of the Bank of Newington was able -- thanks to generous patrons -- claim the trophy again.
The other quite talented chefs were Andy Clifton of Queensborough National Bank And Trust; “Mrs. Kat” Ponder, school resource officer with the Screven County Sheriff’s Office; Screven County Middle School music teacher Matthew Kersey; and A&T Smokehouse owner/cook Willie Mingle.
Thompson, a member of the United Way board, won the Waffle-Off last year.
The pancake kickoff last week is only the beginning for the United Way of Screven County board members, who are again teamming up with other community leaders for the “Between Two Rivers Bike Ride” as five routes roll through the county on Oct. 3.
Patrons who received the celebrity chefs’ pancakes along with grits and sausage could put money in the “tip” jars for their favorite chef.
Queensborough National Bank And Trust sponsored the event.
United Way board members and local businesses have tickets for a drawing for a Yeti 45 cooler. The tickets for this drawing also are $1and the ticket will be pulled the morning of Oct. 3 at the Between Two Rivers Bike Ride which begins at the Sylvania First Baptist Church.
The Yeti cooler has been donated by Possum Eddy.
All the money raised from the kickoff and the drawings go toward the United Way of Screven County’s campaign’s goal of $75,000.
The annual Between Two Rivers Bike Ride has routes of 5, 12, 30, 62 and 100 miles that are mapped out for Saturday, Oct. 3, throughout Screven County.
To sign up to ride a bicycle, visit the United Way website of www.screvencountyuw.org.
This year a “Battle of the Businesses” has been added to generate teams from local businesses to ride in the October event.
Also, if anyone has a bicycle they would be willing to loan to a potential rider, that would be very helpful and much appreciated. Several people have shown interest in riding in the event, but do not have a bicycle suitable for riding such distances.
The local United Way supports 17 non-profit agencies that help Screven Countians lead better and healthier lives.
Included in those agencies are the soup kitchen, St. Camillus mobile health care clinic, TASC Force, Meals on Wheels, and the Senior Companion program.
For more information about the United Way of Screven County, visit the website of www.screvencountyuw.org or telephone the United Way office at 912-564-5770.