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A tasty idea: Pancakes for Charity!

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by Nick Delgado

Guam - This weekend the Personal Finance Center will play host to "Pancakes for Charity". Proceeds from the event will benefit Habitat for Humanity and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Guam.

Personal Finance Center director of business and marketing Robert Paulino says the Pancakes for Charity event coincides with the Center's 35th anniversary. The first of its kind, the event is a way to show corporate citizenship. Paulino also says that PFC has supported many charities throughout the years.

He told KUAM News, "We wanted to do something that would engage our community in a fundraising effort to  support very worthy local causes such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Habitat for Humanity, so we decided to hold this event and support these great causes."

In 1996, Habitat for Humanity of Guam was formed by a group of concerned local residents who wanted to assist the many families on Guam who live in unsafe, overcrowded or otherwise inadequate housing, including homes that cannot sustain the typhoons and earthquakes which are common to the region. The first completed house was in 1998, and to date the group has completed 21 houses, and is working on number 22. These houses are simple, decent, and equally as important, affordable.

Habitat for Humanity of Guam president Shane Intihar told KUAM News, "Essentially we're like any other business and we need money to operate this would provide the funding that we need to just continue to go forward with our mission, it's a dollar and sense issue for us."

Since 2002, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Guam has worked with matching youth with mentors affording them the chance to spend at least a year building relationships together and through the relationship see positive changes. BBBS coordinator Tim Reynolds says their mission is to provide quality volunteer and professional mentoring services for youth, to assist them in achieving their highest potential as they grow to become responsible men and women.

Reynolds says at one point, the organization had federal grants but now funds are generated through grassroots fundraising and support from generous companies and donors to ensure the doors remain open for the kids it currently serves. "What will this do for us? A ticket price almost equals the cost of one after school program with about 14 kids, or the ticket price is about the cost of the federal and background checks for our Bigs," he said.

Paulino says the whole family will enjoy a delicious breakfast with an array of pancakes to choose from such as strawberry, chocolate chip and macadamia, entertainment from The Talent Box and JB's Ukelele Hut, and games. "We're excited about the event, PFC has some Bigs with us and we obviously appreciate the volunteer time, so but also the community supporting Big Brothers/Big Sisters," he said.

Pancakes for charity will take place on Saturday, March 26 poolside at the Sheraton Laguna Resort and Spa from 8am-noon. Tickets are available at both Personal Finance Center locations and are $25 for adults and $15 for children.

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