Chris Cook, who is also known at The Imprincenator, is partnering with Savannah Chatham Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and The Funky Brunch Cafe to cook up some delicious purple-licious pancakes for a good cause.
"I'm a local Prince look alike," Cook said. "I've tried to entertain and stay respectful of him. Mainly by putting out positive energy into the world as The Imprincenator, and trying to dress as fabulous as he did! Fundraising for charitable works has become my new passion."
Trish Humphrey, development coordinator from CASA, said the mission of the program is to provide training and supervision to volunteers who advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children who are under the jurisdiction of the Chatham County Juvenile Court.
Cook met Humprhey at the Taste of Savannah recently.
"I was imprincenating at Taste of Savannah when Trish Humphrey of CASA approached me to be in their fundraiser, the 10th annual Dancing with Savannah Stars," said Cook. "I was instantly sold on the idea. How could I turn down the chance to raise funds for CASA and at the same time be in a dance competition! I'm in this to make a difference."
Humprhey's community advocacy reaches to a wide audience.
"Each year we ask community members to become our 'stars' and set a goal to raise $10,000 each," she said. "They are also matched with a professional who teaches them a dance and they perform at the end of the fundraising campaign. Our 10th annual Dancing with Savannah Stars will be held on Sept. 28 at the Lucas Theatre.
"We (CASA) screen and train volunteers who are sworn in by a judge to work with children who are in the foster care system," she said. "Because children are often unable to provide a voice for themselves during this critical and difficult time of their life, a CASA volunteer makes it possible to be their voice by advocating on their behalf."
Deanne Conway Skinner, from The Funky Brunch Cafe, said The Imprincinator approached her at the restaurant. "As soon as he mentioned he was raising money for CASA, I knew I wanted to be on board," she said. "The community can get involved by participating in the many fundraising events held throughout the year to support CASA."
"I would like to be able to sell as many pancakes for CASA as we can," Skinner said. "All monies made selling pancakes on Friday, Aug. 18, will be donated to CASA."
Cook said, "I would love to see this event raise at least $1,000. This money will go to my set goal of $10,000 for Dancing with Savannah Stars."
The Funky Brunch Cafe is a family friendly breakfast and brunch cafe, offering traditional breakfast and brunch. They also offer make-your-own pancakes or waffles. In addition to breakfast, they have a full bar with specialty drinks like a bacon-garnished Bloody Mary and mimosas with freshly squeezed orange juice.
IF YOU GO
What: The Imprincenator serves Purple-licious pancakes for Casa
When: 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 18
Where: The Funky Brunch Cafe, 304 E. Broughton St.
Cost: Price varies
Info: Facebook, savannahcasa.org