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Eat Pancakes For A Cause In Mount Vernon

The Youth Community Outreach Program will host the first ever pancake breakfast fundraiser in Mount Vernon.
The Youth Community Outreach Program will host the first ever pancake breakfast fundraiser in Mount Vernon. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Flickr user NixKix

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – The Youth Community Outreach Program (Y-COP) will host its inaugural pancake breakfast fundraiser in Mount Vernon next month.

Funds raised during the first-ever breakfast event will support summer camp scholarships for youth in the area. It will be held from 9 a.m. to noon May 4 at First United Methodist Church.

This year, the Y-COP’s summer camp will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from July 8 through Aug. 23. The camp will include field trips to the library, local parks and sport instruction. Each week will introduce a new theme, including fitness, hygiene, the environment and nature.

Allen Ayers, the founder of Y-COP said that the organization hopes to provide affordable options for Mount Vernon residents.

“We seek to provide high quality programs led by experienced, caring individuals in a safe and nurturing environment at an affordable rate,” he said.

Campers will receive a bag of groceries each week from the Food Bank for Westchester’s Backpack Program, and lunch will be provided each day by the Mount Vernon School District.

“We do not believe a person’s financial circumstance should define their opportunities,” a youth advocate at Y-COP said. “This is why we are hosting a pancake breakfast to help children afford the privilege of attending camp without making it a financial burden for parents.”

Those interested in attending the pancake fundraiser can RSVP by emailing YCOP2012@gmail.com or calling 914-215-3063. Parents interested in registering children ages 6 to 12 for the summer camp should call the same number for details and prices.

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