Never doubt the power of pancakes as a fundraiser.
That was proven at the Lake Oswego Lifesavers' pancake breakfast on Saturday at Lake Oswego High School.
Piles of piping hot pancakes, plus other attractions, helped pile up $5,800, which will be used to teach CPR in the Lake Oswego community.
Event organizers LOPD Chief Don Johnson and Jamie Inglis, event specialist for the Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department, were quite happy when the clock struck noon and the last pancake was served.
'I think the Leadership Lake Oswego class of 2012 did an outstanding job of organizing the event,' Johnson said. 'We have a lot of people to thank - from businesses that donated, to community members in attendance, to the volunteers who flipped pancakes. The event was a success!'
'We're thrilled with the results and excited to train residents in CPR. I'm thankful to be part of a wonderful leadership class and magnificent community,' Inglis said.
LO Leadership will meet Friday to plan the next steps of the CPR training project. They will discuss how many CPR kits to purchase and the best way to distribute them. Soon, LO Leadership members will be providing CPR Anytime training to schools, neighborhood associations and other community groups.
'The program really works, and we're proud to introduce it to the LO community,' Johnson said.
The CPR Anytime kit was developed by the American Heart Association. It helps people learn the core skills of CPR, AED and choking relief.
Donations can still be made by visiting LakeOswegoLifesavers.com.