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Add a stready stream of walk-ins to the 230 reservations made in advance and you will have an idea of what a good and supportive crowd turned out for the first Pancake Breakfast Fund Raiser held February 23 at the Medina County Office of Older Adults, 246 Northland Drive, Medina.

Advisory Board Secretary and event organizer Mary Anne Rodgers said one of the goals of this first fund raiser is for the Medina County Senior and Adult Foundation to lay the groundwork for future fund raisers; the OOA is in the process of trying to build up funds to help with the increased costs of providing necessary services to the community's senior population.

Rodgers said, "Costs are high, but we've always found a way to provide services and not turn anyone down, and people are coming forward to help us reach our goals."

Event sponsor Seville Kiwanis volunteered to do all the cooking, with President Don Trigg and fellow Kiwanian Paul Oberly manning the griddles that kept the reasonably-priced hotcakes coming for four hours. The Medina Noon Kiwanis donated money, as did several community supporters who chose to remain anonymous. About 25 Center volunteers also pitched in to help.

Sean Parker sold 50/50 raffle tickets, which helped offset the cost of the fun event; less than halfway through the morning visitors had already purchased more than $200 in tickets. The MCSAF Board hopes to raise $2,000 from this fund raiser.

There are already plans underway for two more fund raisers in the near future. A June 7 evening cocktail party hosted by and held at Danbury Senior Living in Brunswick from which they hope to raise $4,000 - $5,000 will be followed by a third larger event in early fall they hope will raise closer to $10,000. One hundred percent of the money raised will go to the Office of Older Adults. There will be additional information as the dates gets closer.

The OOA assists people over 60 access important benefits and services. Among those services are making transportation for appointments and home-delivered meals to shut-ins available, and collaborating with other service organizations that provide information and assistance on health-related issues, social interaction, and recreational activities.

The Medina County Office for Older Adults is located at 246 Northland Drive, Medina. For further information call 330-723-9514 or 844-722-3800. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.