A huge cause for celebration for the Fillmore District Lions Club. While attendance was down at its latest event, area residents took this on as a challenge and had a record-breaking service auction. Treasurer, Paige Stewart shares the exciting news.
“We had a fabulous turnout, we're very happy with and fortunate to have the donors and the participants that we did. It was a really fun evening.”
Stewart shared that hope was to have 150 people in attendance but due to weather, attendance was down to 100 people, however, the decrease in attendance was not a deterrent for a successful event. In the end, all three auctions brought in $68,800, a first for the club.
“The fact that we only had about 100 and we still broke a record just shows how supportive and amazing our community is.”
Stewart shares how the Lions Club uses the funds to support area residents, “I would say most of our funding goes to infrastructure upgrades across all of the communities. So Osage, Fillmore, Creelman, we often help with you know the rinks and the halls and that kind of thing. We also have funded families with sick kids or people who can't work due to a disability or an injury. We've also helped our schools with different projects that they're in need of. So quite a wide range of funding.”
The event also acknowledged the unwavering dedication of two longtime volunteers, Vickie Procyk and Russ Leguee, who were honored with The Fillmore and Area Extraordinary Contribution Award. In recognition of their commitment, the duo graciously accepted a $10,000 donation on behalf of the Fillmore Ambulance.
Stewart shared that this is an organization where the members have many skills, some of the members also serve for the local fire department, while others serve on other volunteer boards.
"It's all hands on deck and everyone wears multiple hats," added Stewart.
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