Sportsman’s banquet fuels Lions Club community mission

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

The club has recently added hearing screenings to the eye exams.

In addition, the club has an endowed scholarship for deserving high school seniors, contributes to Christmas for Kids and Elders and the Gulf County Sheriff Office’s Christmas Wishes program.

“One thing we do each year is each member brings a gift to our Christmas party,” Ramsey said. “Those go to the Christmas programs we support.”

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf was the recipient of a 10-year, $50,000 donation from the club that Lions Club members paid off several years early.

Further, through the years the club has donated to the American Cancer Society, the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Gulf Education Foundation, Supporters of St. Vincent Island National Wildlife Refuge, the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society, Gulf Coast State College’s Gulf/Franklin Campus, the Wewahitchka Ministerial Association and many more organizations.

The last Sportsman’s Banquet raised more than $15,000.

“We contribute to Odyssey of the Mind at the schools and that is an investment in our children who will become our community,” Ramsey said. “We look at non-profit organizations and where there is a need that is out of the ordinary and we try to help.”

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