Volunteers with the Woman’s Club of Elizabethtown arrived at the Pritchard Community Center at 5 a.m. Saturday to put out traffic cones, set up tables and cook up meals as part of the 56th annual Harvest breakfast.
Traditionally a dine-in event, this year’s breakfast operated through a drive-thru and carryout model because of COVID-19. Despite this modification, First Vice President Linda Luckett said attendees continued to come out and support the club’s cause.
“Even social distancing with masks, I think they enjoy just getting out and supporting the community,” she said.
Proceeds from the breakfast – which kicked off at 7 a.m. Saturday – will support a variety of local causes, such as Warm Blessings, Helping Hand of Hope, CASA of the Heartland and the Wesley Hilltop House.
Because of COVID-19, the club’s other major annual fundraiser, the Christmas Tea, has been canceled this year.
There were 500 meals prepared Saturday, which consisted of country ham, a biscuit, scrambled eggs, apples, grits and a drink. Luckett said local businesses have supported the event by donating food or by providing discounts.
Approximately 25 volunteers lended a hand at Saturday’s event, Luckett said. Volunteers wore gloves and masks and social distancing and mask requirements were in place for attendees.
Club president Pat Howell said before factoring in final proceeds from the breakfast, the club already received more than $3,300 from monetary donations through the fundraiser.
“I think we’ll be on target, COVID or no COVID,” she said. “We weren’t going to let it stop us.”