The 2010 Bentley Santa’s Pancake Breakfast on Dec. 11 at BVAC was the biggest and best attended yet. Well over 280 people registered, not counting the many volunteers, performers, and parents of performers, who attended.
This was the 13th year it has been run and it has grown from meagre beginnings being held in the basement of the old Bentley Community Hall, then moving to the Bentley Care Centre, and now the bigger Ag Centre.
There was a special program added this year that included performances by the school handbell choir, 14 members of the Rimbey Gymnastics Club performed a special routine, music students, vocal students, free crafts, face painting, and free gifts for the kids, not to mention a chance to get up-close-and-personal with Santa.
The free breakfast included pancakes and ham, and Christmas oranges and refreshments, served from 9 to 11 a.m.
There was a very special “table-mover” elf who helped with set-up and constantly moved in more tables as more people arrived.
Donations of about $450 were collected for the Bentley School Chest Society to help enhance school programs, and some donations for the Blessing Pantry were also received.
The event was hosted through the Bentley Community Services office, with help from volunteers from the town of Bentley including town council and staff, volunteers from the local library and the Bentley School Chest, Jumping JillyBeans Family Day Home Agency of Jill Bellows centered in Rimbey, and many others.
“This is why I like small towns.” “This could only happen in a small town.” This is why I love Bentley.” These were a few of the comments overheard.
“I was very touched at all the help I had this year,” said community services manager Barb Carson, adding people have shown and expressed to her how very important the Santa Breakfast event is to the community services office and indeed the entire community.