The VANCOUVER DIAMOND LIONS CLUB in BRITISH COLUMBIA was chartered just three years ago, but raised more than $188,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society from its “We Serve as One” gala. Four hundred participants attended the evening of modern dance performances, karaoke and a fashion show starring the 2009 Miss Vancouver Chinese Pageant finalists. PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLORIDA, Lions played Santa’s helpers at a party held at the Florida Outreach Center for the Blind. Visually impaired and blind children and their families were hosted by the center and Lions helped wrap individual gifts, set tables, serve food and beverages and clean up. HOUSTON ROYAL OAKS Lions in TEXASsponsor an annual educational, health and community resources fair. Lions provide free medical, dental, vision and cancer screening to children and adults. Lions in MD 36-0, located in the Portland, Oregon, area, joined together to raise funds for the Marysville Elementary School after it was damaged in a fire. Lions set up three locations to accept cash donations and supplies, raising $3,275 and $625 in supplies for the school. SCOTTS VALLEY Lions in CALIFORNIA adopted a stretch of Highway 17 that runs through their community. They regularly pick up roadside trash and debris as a way to keep the area looking more attractive. Former Senator Robert Dole met with 38 Lions from MIAMI VALLEY, OHIO, who are veterans. Lions came to Washington, D. C., to visit the war memorials and presented Dole with a set of Troy/WACO Lions Clubs pins. Troy Lion Paul Holt explained to the former senator that WACO was the aircraft company that produced the wood and canvas gliders used in the WWII invasion of Europe. The PHOENIX DOWNTOWN LIONS CLUB FOUNDATION in ARIZONAhas received $1.6 million from Greyhound Parks to support its programs during the last 45 years. The corporation recently ceased operations and Lions must rely on a golf tournament for its major source of revenue but are looking for other revenue sources. TAMAQUA Leos in PENNSYLVANIA raised more than $7,000 in one year through their Art of Caring project at the St. Luke’s Miners Geriatric Center in a local hospital. There are 100 pieces of framed artwork hanging on walls at the center that are available for sponsorship. Leos affix a small plaque to the piece acknowledging the $100 donation. The FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP Lions Club in PENNSYLVANIA sponsored a month-long holiday Festival of Lights that featured more than 400,000 lights in a walkthrough outdoor display. Lions made golf cart tours available for those who needed assistance. The 28-member SLEEPY EYE, MINNESOTA, Lions Club gave a $10,000 donation to a local hospital for building improvements. One of the club’s biggest fundraisers is an annual pancake brunch. TOMBSTONE Lions in ARIZONA brought home-cooked Thanksgiving meals to border patrol agents. Lions served 35 agents who were protecting the border near Tombstone on the holiday. The HUNTLEY PROJECT Lions in MONTANA presented a $38,000 donation to the local school district. The donation was part of the proceeds from the annual Homesteader Days celebration during which Lions sponsored a dinner dance and auction. In UTAH, members of the PRICE LIONS CLUB renovated a park pavilion that they built 13 years earlier. Lions removed the deteriorating exterior wood and replaced it with a long-lasting cedar tongue and groove design and sealed the entire structure. Lions in MAGRATH, ALBERTA, CANADA, purchased and installed additional equipment for the Lions Park playground. More landscaping is also planned The WAUSEON, OHIO, Lions Club brightened a nursing home for the holidays by providing $100 to have a Lion and another member’s wife create individual wreaths. A total of 15 handcrafted, decorated artificial wreaths were then delivered to the home by Lions.
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