Sportsman’s banquet fuels Lions Club community mission

Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 09:04 AM.

In the community for the community – that is the mantra for the annual Sportsman’s Banquet sponsored by the Lions Club.

The sixth annual edition of the events rolls in Thursday, Feb. 21, with plenty of good food, a heaping helping of fun, prizes and, for one lucky, a bucketful of cash to take home.

But the real fun comes when the Lions Club gets to spend the proceeds, 100 percent of which is poured back into the community through a number of outlets.

“The Sportsman’s Banquet gives us the opportunity to meet our community service needs,” said Lions Club member Willie Ramsey. “We can also do something the community enjoys; most everybody who loves here loves the outdoors. We purchase most all that we need, including raffle items, in our service area.

“And then on top of that, some lucky people walk away with items that allow them to further enjoy the outdoors.”

The Sportsman’s Banquet, to be held at the Centennial Building in Port St. Joe with social hour a appetizers at 5 p.m. and dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET, has allowed the Lions Club of Port St. Joe to broaden its community outreach.

Every year for the past several years the club, in partnership with the Eye Center, provides eye exams for local fourth-graders. In cases of real need, the club will also assist with the purchase of glasses.

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