Over 400 people served at Cadets’ drive-through meal fundraiser

A complete group effort by Cadet counselors, their wives and sons, and junior counselors contributed to the success of 2020’s Cadet hog roast on Nov. 18. Over 400 people were served drive-through style in order to accommodate Iowa’s latest proclamation.

Counselors and leaders within Sully Christian Reformed Church’s Cadets program were making modifications right up until serving time of the group’s annual hog roast supper on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at Sully Christian School. Despite all of the changes, the supper was a resounding success with over 400 meals served. The amount of money raised is still being tallied.

The statewide proclamation that went into effect just one day before the supper required the Cadets to make major changes. Switching to drive-through only added the expense of all disposable products for the menu consisting of shredded pork, grilled pork patties, potato salad, baked beans, chips, pie, ice cream, and water. Due to proclamation gathering restrictions, only Cadet counselors, their wives and sons, and junior counselors were allowed to help.

“We were really disappointed the Cadet boys could not serve, wash dishes, wait tables, set up, clean up, or do any of these jobs because of the Governor’s proclamation. It’s important for the boys to learn these skills to know how to do service projects and earn money for their club,” said counselor Scott Nikkel. He’s already looking forward to 2021’s hog roast supper when he hopes everyone is able to participate as they have in years past.

Despite the many changes, the supper was a huge success with few leftovers at the end of the night. On Wednesday, the Sully Christian School parking lot looked more like the drive-through of a restaurant with Cadet counselors taking orders in two lines. In order to run smoothly, the modified supper required order takers, order and food runners, and help in the kitchen. It truly was a small group effort to serve over 400 meals in a two-hour timeframe.

Nikkel is very appreciative of the outpouring of support from the community. “Cadets is a great program for young boys in grades 4-8 who want to develop a heart for God, the outdoors, and practical skills to live by,” said Nikkel. Funds raised will go towards club expenses and extra activities such as campouts.

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