Sportsman’s banquet fuels Lions Club community mission

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

An excellent example would be last year’s murder of Everett Gant in what authorities labeled a hate crime. The day after the shooting, the Lions Club established and seeded a bank account to help the Gant family defray medical costs.

“There you are talking about businessmen who saw that as a black eye on the community,” Ramsey said. “They knew that is not our community and they wanted to show that – this is not what our community is about.”

The Sportsman’s Banquet originated from what was an annual event to support Ducks Unlimited. But what Lions Club members envisioned was an event that would bring money directly into the community, not only in the costs of putting the night on, but also in handling proceeds from the banquet.

“We can bring money into our community and continue the Lions Club mission to the community,” Ramsey said.

After enjoying Chef Charlie Norton's "famous, no-man-left-hungry" ribeye steaks, joined on dinner plates by salad, potato and rolls and Sister's Restaurant’s "almost equally famous" banana pudding, the raffles and auction ratchet up the excitement.

Over $20,000 worth of contributions and prizes will be distributed to the guests through live auctions and raffles. One winner could win up to $8,000, the amount linked to the number of tickets sold.

The items include at least 25 shotguns, hunting rifles and pistols, along with numerous other outdoor products. There will also be items available for women and children.

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