Stories of Optimism

A Super Event for a Super Cause
February 20, 2013

With the weather cold and snowy, football fans in Lodi, Wisconsin, look forward to Super Bowl Sunday with passion. Afternoon parties are planned, and Lodi residents get excited about spending time with their families and friends.

Several years ago, the Optimist Club of Lodi started a community tradition on the morning of the big game. A Super Bowl Breakfast event at the local high school would serve as one of the major fundraisers for the local Club. It would be a chance for members of the community to enjoy a home-cooked meal, socialize and gather in support of youth activities.

Now a popular tradition, Club members sell tickets ahead of time or people can pay at the door.  For only $15, an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast for two is provided in addition to a raffle ticket for a cash drawing.   A total prize purse of $500 is split among eight winners, with the drawing happening at the Club’s meeting the following week.  Children from the youth groups that the Club supports, such as a local Boy Scouts troop and Lodi High School music students, are also put to work by pouring coffee and clearing tables. 

Peter Van Ness is one of several Lodi Optimist
Club members involved in the event.

Brenda Autz and Sheila Landsverk offer a
cheerful greeting while collecting tickets.

This year, more than 500 hungry people—young and old—turned out for the breakfast.  The event raised $3000 which will be used to fund the Club’s amazing projects focused on bringing out the best in kids in Lodi.  “This breakfast represents an excellent opportunity to interact with and serve our community,” said Diana Karls, Club President. “We bring lots of brochures about our Club, distribute them to all to read as they are eating and socializing. It is a great way to promote our Club, its activities and solicit new membership.”

For a town with a population of only 3000, the event illustrates the positive impact an Optimist Club can have on both the community and its youth.



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12.6.12-Dozens of Students Honored at Youth Appreciate Luncheon

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9.10.12-Youth Display Optimism in the Face of Adversity


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