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New 50-50 draw for community

New 50-50 draw for 30th Dinner projects


Fifty-Fifty Draw to be held for first time in conjunction with 30th Conservation Dinner
Winning raffle ticket to be drawn on evening of charity auction but winner does not need to be there to win

The Exeter Lions Club has been a major partner in the Conservation Dinner charity auction event for close to three decades but this year the club is doing even more in support of the community by adding a 50-50 Raffle draw.

Raffle tickets are available now. There are only 1,000 tickets printed and they are only $10 each, according to Lions Club members. If all tickets are sold, the cash prize could be as high as $5,000. The draw (Licence #M681352) is to be held at the Conservation Dinner on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at South Huron Recreation Centre at 10 p.m. You don’t need to be at the Dinner to win. You can buy a ticket from Lions Club members or phone 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.

“This is a great chance to support projects in your local communities and to have a chance to win big,” said Jeff MacLean, President of the Exeter Lions Club. “The Exeter Lions Club is pleased to help support community betterment projects and the 50-50 Raffle is another way we can do that.”

The Conservation Dinner is a community success story that has raised more than $1.1 million in net proceeds in support of parks and recreation, trails, family-friendly fishing derby, nature education, and other projects in local communities in an area from Exeter to Port Franks to Bayfield and all points in between.

“I congratulate the Exeter Lions Club for adding this great new way to support community projects,” said Conservation Dinner Co-Chair Jim Beckett.

“I encourage people to buy a 50-50 Raffle ticket to earn a chance at winning a great prize while also giving back to their community at the same time,” said Conservation Dinner Co-Chair Larry Taylor.

To buy 50-50 Raffle tickets, or Dinner tickets, or to donate to the 2019 Conservation Dinner, phone 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.

About the Conservation Dinner

The 30th Conservation Dinner takes place on April 11, 2019 at South Huron Recreation Centre at 94 Victoria Street East in Exeter. Tickets are $85 each. Patrons receive a charitable gift receipt, for income tax purposes, for a portion of that amount. Net profits are split evenly between community conservation projects of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation and community conservation projects of Exeter Lions Club.

This charity event supports projects in local communities. Projects include parks and conservation areas; accessible nature trails in Bayfield, Clinton, Parkhill, Lucan, Arkona, Exeter, and Varna; busing for students to experience outdoor nature education programs; a $1,000 student environmental bursary benefitting students in local communities; a summer job at Ausable Bayfield Conservation for a senior secondary school student; turtle monitoring and events in Port Franks and Ailsa Craig; aquatic habitat studies in Old Ausable Channel at Grand Bend; and other projects such as nature day camps, Owl Prowl; and a popular, family-friendly fishing derby offering recreation and nature appreciation for youth.

The Conservation Dinner has raised more than $1.1 million over almost three decades thanks to donors, attendees, volunteers, and artists. The annual charitable event features live and silent auctions of art and other distinctive items including travel packages and sports and entertainment memorabilia. The Dinner includes special raffles, general raffles, appetizers, wine tasting, fun and fellowship, and a wonderful meal.

The Conservation Dinner Committee thanks all the creative people who have been feature artists over the years in media ranging from paintings to ice sculptures to metal art to culinary arts to other creative disciplines.

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