West Springfield Lions Club hosts 2nd annual pancake breakfast

Hampden County

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The West Springfield Lions Club has hosted its annual pancake breakfast on Father’s Day for the past two years.

It was a rainy Sunday morning but that didn’t stop hundreds of people from attending the pancake breakfast at the Big E Fairgrounds.

“We were worried about the weather but as you can see we aren’t worried anymore,” Lions Club Member John Sullivan said.

The breakfast is a fundraiser for the club’s Veterans Park of Heroes, which plants flags in town to honor veterans.

The money raised from the breakfast will go towards a scholarship fund for children of veterans in the name of a Lions Club member that recently passed away.

The West Springfield Lions Club named this year’s breakfast the Ed Smart Memorial Father’s Day Breakfast after Ed Smart, who was a member of the club for more than 40 years.

Smart died of cancer early this year.

“It’s probably a testament to Ed and his involvement in our community over the years, you know he’s been a fantastic guy,” John Ladue Chairman of Park of Heroes said.

The scholarship that is awarded will be presented in his name.

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