The men and women of the Citrus Center Kiwanis Club thank the Lakeland community for supporting the 60th Annual Pancake Festival, Flipping for Charities, held Feb. 10.

Our club is proud to host the Kiwanis pancake breakfast, one of the longest, continuously running events in the history of Lakeland.

We sincerely thank our presenting sponsor — MidFlorida Credit Union — as well as our diamond sponsor — Southern Homes of Polk County — and the other 31 sponsors for their financial support of Flipping for Charities.

We thank the many dedicated volunteers from Kiwanis, the sponsored charitable organizations and the George Jenkins High School Key Club. Their selfless efforts and smiling faces made for yet another memorable and successful event.

We especially thank you, the people, organizations and companies who purchased more than 2,500 tickets! Your ticket purchase treated you to a wonderful breakfast, but more importantly, it provides financial support to the charitable organizations that do so much for the children in our community.

The generous sponsorships and ticket purchases resulted in net proceeds from the event of just over $40,000. Every penny of this will be donated to the sponsored charitable organizations and other community activities we support.

Kiwanis’ main goal is to improve the lives of children and all $40,000-plus will do just that for the children in the Lakeland area. Primary beneficiaries of this year’s net proceeds are Big Brothers Big Sisters, Camp Fire, Critter Camp, Early Learning Coalition, Girls, Inc., KidsPACK, Parker Street Ministries and the YMCA.

The Citrus Center Kiwanis meets every Thursday at Cleveland Heights Golf Course at 7 a.m. Please join us in our quest in achieving our motto: "Serving the Children of the World.”

Nanette Clark, President, Citrus Center Kiwanis, Lakeland