Heroes, kids join forces at break­fast fundraiser

The Columbus Dispatch - - Life&arts - By Eric La­gatta The Colum­bus Dis­patch

Su­per­heroes and princesses shouldn't have to do good deeds on an empty stom­ach — and for­tu­nately they won't have to this week­end.

Ac­tors in cos­tumes re­sem­bling pop­u­lar Marvel, DC and Dis­ney char­ac­ters will min­gle with young­sters as pan­cakes are served Sat­ur­day for the third an­nual "A Break­fast with Char­ac­ters," or­ga­nized by the Ju­nior League of Colum­bus.

The break­fast de­buted in 2017 as a fundraiser for its ABC Project (Adopt-aback­pack for Chil­dren), a 20-year-old lo­cal ini­tia­tive to pro­vide back­packs filled with school sup­plies to chil­dren in need. The break­fast raises about $5,000 a year, which helps buy about 200 back­packs, ac­cord­ing to Lau­ren Stazen, ABC Project co­or­di­na­tor.

Tick­ets are avail­able for $25 on­line through Wed­nes­day for the event that will take place at L Brands cor­po­rate of­fice in New Al­bany. Doors open at 9:30 a.m., with

the break­fast last­ing from 10 a.m. to noon.

“These kind of events, they’re just mag­i­cal,” said Diana Briggs, the man­age­ment coun­cil chair at the Ju­nior League. “It’s a great op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence for your kids.”

Su­per­man, Cin­derella and Mickey Mouse look-alikes will be among 20 char­ac­ters who will ap­pear at the event, cour­tesy of the Mas­cot Or­ga­ni­za­tion and Amy's Princess Par­ties. They'll meet the young guests and pose for pho­tos upon re­quest.

Kids can also craft their own masks and

crowns or dance to mu­sic pro­vided by a DJ. Chris Cakes, a na­tional pan­cake com­pany with a lo­ca­tion in Hil­liard, will be sling­ing the hot­cakes. Pan­era Bread, Denny’s and Stauf’s Cof­fee Roast­ers will also make food and bev­er­age

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