GOSHEN — People from all walks of life gathered Friday, Nov. 22, to eat pancakes and sausage for a good cause during the Salvation Army’s 50th Pancake Day in Goshen.
“We slung a lot of batter to make a lot of cakes,” Salvation Army Maj. Allen Hanton said in a phone interview Friday night. Hanton and his wife, Karen, serve as the commanding officers of Goshen’s Salvation Army.
Hanton estimated that nearly 2,400 people attended what he calls the “Goshen family reunion.” He said that both workers and patrons tend to see fellow members from service groups like the Rotary Club or Kiwanis, but they’ll also see another 40 people who they know from the community. He enjoys seeing people from different walks of life come through the building throughout the day.
“Serving a lot of the patrons are professional people, people in service clubs, but yet also (they’re) working side-by-side with people who are in the work release program,” Hanton said. “At times, you really can’t differentiate who’s who. Everyone’s coming together, banding together for a common good.”
That good is to help the Goshen Salvation Army help people in need throughout the year, whether it’s providing food from its food pantry, buying needed prescription medication or helping families have better Christmas celebrations. The Pancake Day fundraiser allows the Salvation Army to continue its mission to help those in need.
Marcia Yost, the director of the Goshen High School Crimsonaires, was the honorary chairwoman of the event. The Goshen Salvation Army dedicated the 50th Pancake Day to the memory of her father, Bob, who spent many years serving pancakes with the Exchange Club on Pancake Day.
The event ran from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Hanton said it was busy most in the morning and then from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. as people gathered to share a meal.
“I don’t care where you go,” Hanton said, “I don’t think you’ll be able to duplicate what Pancake Day has come to mean to a lot of people.”