Pancake Breakfast to benefit Isanti Community Center

If you’re looking for a way to support the Isanti Community Center, have some pancakes the morning of April 21.

A pancake breakfast fundraiser for the Isanti Community Center will be held 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, April 21. The all-you-can-eat breakfast will include pancakes, ham, eggs, milk, juice and coffee. Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for seniors and children.

The breakfast is sponsored by the Isanti Lions and the Isanti Area Chamber of Commerce, with all proceeds benefiting the Isanti Community Center fundraising efforts.

Tickets will be available at the door, from local Boy Scouts and at Isanti City Hall.

Sue Larson, who is a member of the Isanti Community Center Task Force and City Council, explained each year the community center’s budget has a shortfall of $12,000 to $15,000. The shortfall ends up being covered by the city’s budget.

“Our goal is to sell 300 tickets in advance prior to the April 21 pancake breakfast,” Larson said. “The Isanti Lions will do all the cooking, and the community center task force and other volunteers will be serving the food. The fundraising efforts associated with the community center task force is to come close to making up the shortfall so it’s not such a drain on the city’s budget.”

Larson has lived in Isanti for 27 years and has served on city council for 15 years.

“The Isanti Community Center is truly a place that brings people together,” Larson said. “A lot of activity happens there, and it brings families and neighbors in closer together. It’s a building owned by the city and it should be used by city residents.”

Larson explained the City Council appointed a task force to look at the future of the community center and find fundraising efforts and other ways to cover the funding shortfall each year.

She explained the task force applied for a grant through the Bremer Foundation that could result in a maximum of $250,000 for the community center. Larson said the task force needs a minimum of $160,000 to address current projects.

“The grant funding would be used for immediate needs for updating the community center regarding safety and maintenance,” Larson said. “We would move forward on some projects yet this year if we receive the grant funding. We will find out at the end of April if we receive any grant funding.”

Larson said the community center is an important facility.

“So many youth have benefitted from the center including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H — so many things have happened in the building, and it has such a rich history,” Larson said. “Its history goes way back, and it’s been such a vital part of our town. A community center is where community things happen.”

Larson said the building is important for the senior community.

“Our senior citizens use the building for senior dining, and a lot of them walk to the community center,” Larson said. “We can’t forget our senior citizens as our senior citizen population is growing. A lot of social activities amongst our seniors happen at the community center.”

If anyone is interested in helping with the marketing and promotions of the pancake breakfast or is interested in volunteering the day of the breakfast, contact Sue Larson at 763-286-9964.