For the first time in 28 years, the lunchroom at Roosevelt will remain dark the third Sunday in April. All the public prohibitions and cautions over the coronavirus pandemic have forced the Roosevelt Foundation to cancel its popular pancake breakfast that day. It’s the first cancellation since the inaugural event in 1992.
Organizers had no choice in the matter. But despite the financial blow to the budget, everyone realizes it’s the right thing to do. So the festive atmosphere of a room full of grads talking over the nearly constant PA announcements of raffle winners will be silenced
Decision from above. “The school district controls the buildings,” explained Mary Lathrop, a member of the foundation’s board of trustees, “and we won’t be able to use it this year. Regrettably, we have to cancel one of our two fundraisers for the year.
“But if someone still wants to help, go to our website and see a list of what you can get for your money, which we really need.”
Learn how to help. The website is at RooseveltHighFoundation.org. Select the pull-down menu Events and click on Pancake Breakfast. On that page you’ll find a selection of ways to participate. For a $10 donation, you get 12 raffle tickets for next year’s event. For $25, you receive two breakfast tickets and six raffle tickets for next year. A $50 donation gets you four breakfast tickets and 24 raffle tickets for next year. And a $150 donation provides you four breakfast tickets and 24 raffle tickets.
You can remit payment online by clicking on Donate in the navigation bar or simply mailing a check to Roosevelt Foundation, 4029 28th Ave. S., Minneapolis 55406 and specify that it’s for the “virtual breakfast.”
Where the money goes. The Roosevelt Foundation hosts the pancake breakfast to fund unbudgeted needs for classroom programs, for activities including athletics and for college scholarships awarded to deserving students. These are important to the mission of the school.
The second fundraiser every year for the foundation is the September golf outing. Plans for that are on hold and a decision on whether that can be held will be announced later.
Please consider participating in the financial needs of your alma mater.
The coronavirus is major concern for most individuals, families, friends, and communities.
Medical professionals indicate: “consider taking extra precautions and staying out of public places if you’re over 60 years old, or have a condition, as you have a higher risk of developing the disease. Note that as of now, the highest-risk groups appear to be seniors and people with preexisting conditions like heart disease, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes.”
Since all of us fit in the above age category and with the current closing of many churches, schools, and events, your committee has met via email and prudently canceled our birthday celebration schedule for June of this year. We plan to hold our celebration next year.
Please feel free to notify your fellow classmates via email, Facebook, Instagram, or however, since we will not be doing a special mailing of this notification. If you would like to update your email address, don’t hesitate to let Ivy (Marlene Iverson Robertson) know at email@example.com.
Please stay well. We look forward to seeing you in 2021!