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UMM pancake supper fundraisers go for great causes

December 20, 2013
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville News

If you're one of those folks who enjoys stoking up on pancakes once a month at the United Methodist Men's pancake feed, you should know that your money goes for some worthy causes - actually, a lot of worthy causes.

The Methodist men revealed two of those causes Wednesday night when they presented a check for $500 to Kirsten Thomson, CAASA domestic abuse victims advocate, and Jennifer Schiltz, CAASA sexual abuse victims advocate. The men also had on display a table filled with $150 in paper goods and other items they donated to the Emmet County Food pantry.

That's only the tip of the iceberg, though.

UMM president Jeff Swalve said the men also donated $500 to the Heifer Project, which provides a milk cow to people in need in foreign countries, and $250 to the Community Christmas Project which just recently helped several hundred people at the Duhigg Center toward a more merry Christmas.

All proceeds came from money raised from the Wednesday night pancake feeds held 5-7 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month, except in summer.

"This is the time of year we try to give to this," said Swalve, noting that the Methodist men have been holding pancake suppers since the 1970s. Most of the money raised goes to the church and church missions.



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