Rotary Club of Dewitt's Pancake Day

All You Can Eat for Local Charity

The 63rd Annual Rotary Club of DeWitt's Pancake Day is taking place tomorrow (Saturday, May 13th) under the big tents in the parking lot of ShoppingTown Mall. The event has become a staple in the Central New York community and has raised over $100,000 for local charities in the past three years alone. Mark Strodel is part of the DeWitt Rotary Committee and gave us an insight into how much work they put into the event and why it's so important to them.

Preparations for the event began months ago. Strodel commented on how they've learned how to accomodate the over 4,000 people that attend since they've been doing it since 1954. The event is all you can eat and you can get a variety of kinds including chocolate chip and blueberry. There is also local maple syrup available.

This is the major fundraiser of the year that supports the Rotary but also many local causes such as the Jim & Juli Boeheim Foundation, Samaritan Center, Salvation Army, Meals on Wheels and more. Strodel noted how 80% of sales from tickets go right to help these worthy organizations. There is also the "Flapjack Review" which is a tabloid size newspaper featuring articles about DeWitt Rotary philanthropic projects that features sponsored advertisements with proceeds all going to help.

If you're interested in attending Pancake Day, it takes place tomorrow, May 13th, on the former Macy's side of ShoppingTown Mall in DeWitt. Look for the big tents that have ample free parking around them. It runs from 7:00am until 2:00pm. You can purchase tickets online until midnight tonight for a discounted price ($7 individual or 2 for $10). You can also purchase tickets at the door for $8. For more information, you can visit their website at


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