The venue and day are new, but the cause is the same for an annual fundraising breakfast hosted this week by the Pilot Club of Statesboro.
For the first time in 32 years, the club will hold its annual Nancy Yawn Benefit Breakfast on Saturday rather than Sunday, and in an establishment not named “Snooky’s.”
The charity breakfast, which benefits several community programs, will be hosted Saturday, from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. at RJ’s Steakery on South Main Street.
Money raised through the all-you-can-eat, buffet-style breakfast will be used to fund Pilot Club projects that include: distributing dictionaries to Bulloch County third-grade students, organizing an educational puppet show for kindergartners, the Alzheimer’s Caring Closet, the Silver Lining Club and Project Lifesaver, which helps track down lost and wandering individuals who wear a traceable bracelet.
RJ’s owner Randy Nessmith, a longtime supporter of the event, is opening his doors to host the Pilot Club’s only annual fundraiser — the affair’s longtime home, Snooky’s Restaurant, closed earlier this year.
“When I closed Snooky’s, one thing that immediately entered my mind was this Pilot Club event — and how it would continue,” said Bruce Yawn, the owner of the iconic Statesboro restaurant, whose mother serves as inspiration and namesake for the breakfast. “Randy (Nessmith) is one of the most caring and generous people in this town. He is making a great sacrifice, giving up the business he could gain on Saturday morning for this great cause.”
Magina Bullock, a Pilot Club member organizing the breakfast, said tickets to this year’s meal may be purchased from a Pilot Club member in advance, or at RJ’s on Saturday morning.
Tickets, she said, will be sold for $7 for adults and $4 for children fewer than 10 years old.
The event will be worked exclusively by Pilot Club members and their families, who will cook, wait tables and clean, she said.
Items on the buffet will include a wide array of breakfast foods — sausage, bacon, ham, country ham, smoked sausage, eggs, grits, cheese grits, muffins and toast.
“This is a great cause because the Pilot Club gives a lot back to the community,” Yawn said. “It provides a good time for folks to come down, have a lot of fun, fellowship and eat good food.”
The Pilot Club of Statesboro was founded 47 years ago with a mission to serve local men and women with brain-related disorders, and teach others to protect their minds.
In previous years, individual Pilot Club breakfasts have drawn as many as 700 people.
Jeff Harrison may be reached at (912) 489-9454.