A pancake breakfast and rides in classic Chevrolet Corvettes were among family-friendly indulges at a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of the Colorado River on Saturday morning. Findlay Used Car Center, which relocated from Bullhead City to 4718 South Highway 95 in Fort Mohave, also set up areas for face painting, bounce houses, games and Kona ices.
The goal is to help the club obtain enough money to relocate to a permanent center in Fort Mohave. The site in that community it currently occupies is cramped and the organization is looking for a larger, more permanent place in the Fort Mohave area, said Autumn Boyle-Robinson, the executive director of the area Boys & Girls clubs.
“We are researching different building options and hope to have a location by January,” she said.
The Fort Mohave unit in the 5500 block of Highway 95 is a space of only about 2,000 square feet and the search continues for a space that’s at least double that size, Boyle-Robinson said.
The club has separate facilities in Bullhead City and Laughlin to serve families in those communities.
“We believe in what the Boys & Girls Club stands for. It’s in our wheelhouse helping the community’s children — they are our future,” said Rob Terry, general manager of Findlay Motor Company. “And the pancakes were delicious.”
Kiwanis Club of the Colorado River prepared breakfast and Dot Foods donated the ingredients. The $7 cost for adults and $5 for children to eat rivaled the cost of similar meals served at restaurants.
Proceeds went to the Boys and Girls Club’s effort to find a larger space. A 50-50 drawing helped bring out those who like eating a hearty breakfast. About $1,000 was raised to help pay for the new location.
Short trips in classic Corvettes owned by members of the Colorado River Corvette Club added to the fun for youths. For some of them it was the first time they had sat in a fancy sports car.
Lena Upshaw, 8, of Bullhead City was enjoying a pancake after taking a ride in a maroon Corvette that coordinated perfectly with the butterfly that had been painted on her face before she took her ride. She gave the sports car and breakfast a thumb’s up.
But she was looking forward to some quality time in the bounce house after finishing breakfast.
Lena finished up her meal and offered to speed up the move toward the bounce house by taking away her mother’s plate.
“I’m not quite done yet,” Sara Jeffries, Lena’s mother, said to her daughter in a calm parental voice.
Lena is a member of the Bullhead City club. Her favorite thing to do there is play basketball in the gym.
They came to this event to help the organization raise money, Jeffries said.