The Lexington Police Department’s website has a banner with the motto “building a partnership,” and many of its officers took time Tuesday evening to do just that in an unusual way, joining forces with a local business and a local nonprofit and serving pancakes to the people they protect and serve.
Lexington’s Eggs Up Grill hosted Pancakes with Police, a fundraiser benefiting the department’s Adopt-a-Cop program and the nonprofit Heroes in Blue. The restaurant staff cooked pancakes and offered patrons all they could eat for a donation of $10 to the causes.
Eggs Up Lexington owner John Aun said he believes helping good causes is part of his responsibility as a business owner in his hometown. “We are part of the community because we live here,” he said. “This is ours. We want to do all we can to help.”
The Lexington Police Department’s MRAP vehicle was on hand for kids and adults alike to explore, and officers greeted patrons and served as wait staff for the evening with help and advice from the Eggs Up staff.
Heroes in Blue founder Kassy Alia said the event, in addition to fundraising, was intended “Just to provide a space where people can interact with police a little bit differently than normal. It’s not writing a ticket, it’s not getting pulled over, it’s just having fun together and I think that’s what it’s all about.”
Kids and adults alike took time to fill out cards saying thank you to law enforcement officers at the Heroes in Blue booth, and to play a game in which each contestants grabbed eggs and smacked them against their head, not knowing whether it would be hard-boiled or fresh or whether they would have egg on their faces. Lexington Police Chief Terrence Green avoided a mess in both his tries, and jokingly explained “That’s why I’m the chief.”
Alia said the idea for the event began with Drew Hampton, owner of the Columbia Eggs Up Grill. “When Eggs Up opened out here in Lexington, he reached out to the Lexington Police Department and we had the idea for this joint pancake supper,” she said.
Before the Pancake with Police event began, several dozen people gathered for the Lexington Eggs Up Grill’s official ribbon cutting, with representatives from the town government and the Greater Lexington Chamber on hand to welcome the new business (which opened in March).
Aun said he’s been very pleased with the success of the restaurant in its early days. “God’s really blessed us,” he said. “I grew up in this town and I’ve got 11 brothers and sisters, so I’m meeting people every day that know somebody in my family.That’s been the most incredible part of this.”
Marvin Hendrix said the popularity of the new spot has amazed him. “In 81 years of living in Lexington, I’ve never seen a business open like this one has,” he said. “People have flocked to it.”
Aun and his brothers and sisters previously operated The Feed Stable, a restaurant built by Aun’s father.
Pictured: Lexington police officers served up pancakes with smiles at the fundraiser (photo by Allen Wallace)