Help support the Crisis Center of Johnson County, and eat all the pancakes you can, this Saturday

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45th Annual Pancake Breakfast

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church — Saturday, March 3 at 7 a.m.

Photo by Zak Neumann

Good eating meets doing good this Saturday in Iowa City, when Our Redeemer Lutheran Church hosts it 45th Annual Pancake Breakfast. Once again this year, the breakfast will benefit the Crisis Center of Johnson County.

“The Crisis Center fills a need in our community,” Pastor Brent Hartwig said in a statement. “The Pancake Breakfast is our way of giving back and helping them continue their great work.”

“The breakfast raises about $10,000 for us every year,” Carly Matthew, the Crisis Center’s communications coordinator, told Little Village.

In addition to proceeds from ticket sales, the breakfast also raises money from sponsors. This year’s “premiere sponsor” is Toyota of Iowa City.

The money raised supports all of the Crisis Center’s programs. The center has a hotline that offers emotional support and can connect people with the resources they need 24 hours a day, including via text message, and a mobile unit that brings mental health professionals to people in crisis. The center also has a food bank that serves 250 families daily.

Matthew said the breakfast crowd has grown each year, and this year they are expecting 1,200 people to discover just how many pancakes they can eat.

“I attended for the first time last year, and the pancakes were very good,” she said. “So was the sausage.”

There will fresh strawberries for pancakes, as well as freshly made whipped cream.

“Our Redeemer is very experienced at this, and they have their system down perfectly,” Matthew said.

Breakfast will begin at 7 a.m. on Saturday morning. Our Redeemer Lutheran Church is located at 2301 E Court St.

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