Coon Rapids to host all-you-can-eat breakfast at the VFW

The Coon Rapids Lions Club is once again hosting an all-you-can-eat breakfast Sunday, April 1, 8 a.m. to noon, at the Coon Rapids VFW, 1919 Coon Rapids Blvd.

The breakfast will include pancakes, French toast, eggs, sausage, coffee, milk and orange juice.

Ticket prices are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors 62 or older or for children ages five to 12. Children under five eat free.

Tickets are available at the door or can be purchased in advance from members of the Coon Rapids Lions Club and several youth groups.

Proceeds from this breakfast will go towards the support of various community projects supported by the Lions, as well as the youth groups participating in the event.

The Coon Rapids Lioness Club will conduct a craft and bake sale at the VFW during this event with proceeds going to club projects.

Used eyeglasses and hearing aids will be collected to be recycled for use by people in need all over the world.

Non-perishable food items can also be dropped off at the breakfast with these items to be donated to the ACBC Food Shelf.

“The Coon Rapids Lions Club is looking forward to our annual spring community breakfast,” said Joe Marvin, event chairperson.

“We enjoy seeing all of those smiling faces coming to the VFW and sharing a meal.

“It’s nice to see a community come together at such an event and the Lions appreciate the support we receive for this breakfast and our other activities.

“If it wasn’t for the generosity of the citizens of Coon Rapids, we Lions would not be able to work on our projects that assist so many people throughout the community and the world.

“We also wish to thank the Coon Rapids VFW for once again allowing us the use of their facilities. The Coon Rapids Lions Club truly appreciates the long partnership we have with the VFW members, staff and patrons.”

The club reminds anyone attending to bring their used eyeglasses and hearing aids, according to Marvin.

“Those items are recycled and distributed all over the world to help in improving sight for those in need,” Marvin said.

“This is another way that a small contribution locally can be part of a worldwide project performed by Lions.

“We will also be collecting non-perishable food items for the ACBC Food Shelf. The club recognizes the needs of its community and hope this will help our neighbors who are struggling during these tough economic times.”

Since the club’s chartering in 1954, members of the Coon Rapids Lions have worked on a variety of projects in the local community, such as the Books for Bango book-giveaway program held in the nine elementary schools in this area each year.

Proceeds from past fundraising events have gone to scholarships presented to students at Coon Rapids High School, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Anoka Technical College and Northwest Passage Charter School, in addition to supporting youth and community activities throughout the year in Coon Rapids.

The club is currently continuing to serve the community through its Recycle for Sight eyeglasses and hearing aids collections, community meal fundraisers and other philanthropic efforts.

The club meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Coon Rapids VFW.

For more information or to get involved with the club, contact Dan Janish at 612-558-2851 or visit the club’s website at