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The tastes and smells of breakfast treats and sweets will break partisan lines and competitive boundaries Saturday, bringing politicians, businesses and civic organizations together to serve the community.
The third annual Mayor’s Breakfast is from 9 to 11 a.m. at Colvin Community Center in Radcliff, where political dignitaries and local officials will serve residents food in the spirit of fellowship. The event is free and open to the public.
Mayor J.J. Duvall created the event during his first year in office as part of a series of quality-of-life initiatives to ratchet up community spirit and sense of place. Duvall said the breakfast is a way to reconnect with old friends, make new ones and start the New Year in an optimistic manner.
“I can’t believe we’re in our third year,” he said.
Organizer Dottye Moore said 25 to 30 organizations and businesses are hosting food tables, offering everything from pancakes prepared to order by the Radcliff Optimist Club to health-conscious smoothies served by Snap Fitness. West Point Bank, meanwhile, will operate a coffee bar, she said.
Other sponsors will whip up pastries, breakfast casseroles, sausage, biscuits and gravy and juice bars, Moore said.
And local families are getting involved. Two of Duvall’s strongest supporters, Marvin and Joyce Underwood, will prepare homemade sausage biscuits, Moore said.
Another 20 or more sponsors plan to donate door prizes for distribution at the breakfast, from gas cards to cash, Moore said.
Duvall said the Mayor’s Breakfast is paid for by donations and sponsor support rather than city coffers.
“No taxpayer money is used,” he said.
The breakfast has attracted up to 500 people in the past and he hopes for a similar turnout this year despite the lingering threat of inclement weather and frigid temperatures, he said.
Mooresaid supporters have surfaced in droves, responsive and eager, to ensure the breakfast is a success. Some, she said, have noticed banners or signs around the city and called asking how they can help.
“I think it’s indicative of the feelings they have for the mayor and the job he’s doing,” she said.
Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762 or firstname.lastname@example.org.