The Brunswick Community Recreation Center was once again the site for the Optimist Club of Brunswick's 27th annual Pancake Breakfast and Kids Fair February 16.

The popular family-oriented event, the club's biggest annual fundraiser, drew a large crowd of all ages who enjoyed the delicious, modestly-priced breakfast of pancakes, sausage, juice, and coffee.

In addition to being well fed, visitors were entertained by Nate the Great, who deftly twisted balloons into delightful animals. The children, who proudly sported the designs painted on their cheeks, were able to engage in supervised hands-on activities in the game room as well as in the arts and crafts room.

Cameras were clicking everywhere when special guests Mickey and Minnie Mouse, aka Madison Srail and Melody Gruse, arrived and interacted with children and grown-ups alike. As one parent said, "It's like Disneyland has come to Brunswick." Mickey and Minnie's visit was made possible compliments of Tim Smith.

An intrinsic part of the event has always included the traditional bake sale. In the past, club member Norma Lesnak happily, generously, baked incredible amounts of delectable treats expressly for this occasion. Sadly, Norma unexpectedly passed away two days before the Fair.

Those who knew of her passion for this bake sale stepped up in her honor. Members of the club all baked for the event, and many local businesses also generously donated baked goods to try to fill in the gap. Norma was deeply involved in and dedicated to the work of the Optimist Club, which is bringing out the best in kids and the community. She will be greatly missed.

Special thanks went to Danbury Senior Living in Brunswick, for their generous donation to this event. Executive Director Deb Lougheed was on hand to distribute complimentary candy for all the guests. A thank you was also extended to Ron, Tim, Dean, Liz, Norma (in absentia), Joy and the Brunswick High School Honor Society volunteers who orchestrated the Fair.

Event sponsors, who also extend support throughout the year, included Judge Kevin Dunn, Judge Joyce Kimbler, Councilman-at-Large Brian Ousley, Medina County Auditor Michael Kovack, Attorney John Porter, Attorney Dean Holman, Pearlview Administrator Kim Corrigan, Ohio State Representative Stephen Hambley, Councilman Nick Hanek, Medina County Clerk of Courts Dave Wadsworth, and these local businesses: Applebee's, Subway, Mel's Sweet Shop, Harmaony Preschool, A Cupcake A day, Home Depot, Brunswick Community Recreation and Fitness Center, Center Road Storage, and Brunswick Pointe Transitional Care.

The Brunswick Optimist Club proudly sponsors The Fishing Derby, Childhood Cancer Banks, Youth Appreciation Lunches, The Back to School Rally, The Oratorical Contest, and The Essay Contest. All proceeds benefit youth activities in Brunswick.

For further information about the club visit their website at or call 216-551-8225.

Meetings are held the first and third Wednesdays of the month, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at Danbury Senior Living, 3430 Brunswick Lake Parkway, Brunswick.