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Raiders help make Kiwanis Pancake Day a hit

R.J. Raider has some fun with a young fan and her mom.Over two dozen Raiders players, dance and stunt team members, and volunteer staff were on hand at Festival Hall in Racine on May 2 for the 60th annual Pancake Day put on by the Kiwanis Club of Greater Racine.

The flapjacks started flipping at 6 a.m. and went to 5 p.m. Due to practice being held on the same day, Raiders volunteers worked a 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. shift. Players that helped got a special dispensation from head coach Wilbert Kennedy allowing them to show up at practice two or three minutes late.

Bryceon Feest, Eric Feest, Ryan Gails, Marcus Baskin and Coach Aiello all helped at Kiwanis Pancake Day.Some of the Raiders volunteers stayed on to help wait on the large number of pancake connoisseurs waiting to be fed. Not only did the Raiders serve their many fans that showed up, but people from all around Southeastern Wisconsin.

Jeanne Radke, the volunteer coordinator for the Kiwanis Club, estimated they would have served around 7,000 people by the time the day finished.

Ash and Heather from the Raiders dance and stunt team.The event has spanned generations. There were grandparents standing in line with grandchildren anxious to get a plate of pancakes and sausage. A number of parents who brought their kids down have made Pancake Day an annual family tradition, remembering the days when their parents brought them.

The appearance of Raiders at events such as Pancake Day is part of the Racine Raiders Community Outreach program and is a way for the Raiders to say “thank you” for all the support the Raiders  have received from the Racine community.