The 20th annual Elmira Lions Club beef and pork BBQ and dance goes next Saturday, Sept. 25 at Lions Hall in Elmira.
The event has become something of a tradition, with all the money going back into the community.
“This is one of the biggest annual fundraisers for the club,” explained club member John Jongerius. “We see a few hundred people, and the money all goes back into various community projects.”
This year’s BBQ features a live DJ, prizes such as tickets to a Toronto Maple Leafs game and to the Drayton Festival, and a cash prize of about $200.
But, Jongerius said, the meal is the star attraction.
“The thing that people really like about it, of course, is the wood BBQ beef and pork. We get a lot of regulars every year because of that. It’s a phenomenal meal.”
The club – which boasts more than 145 members – is also celebrating 30 years of the Elmira Lions Trail along the Woolwich Reservoir near Floradale. The seven-kilometre trail is maintained by the club, and is heavily used by local hikers, cyclists and cross-country skiers.
All the money raised will go back into the clubs various initiatives throughout the year to help the people of Elmira and the surrounding area, proof-positive of the clubs motto, “We Serve,” said Jongerius.
“We have a lot of various activities on the go. Just in the last couple of months we’ve given out a couple thousand dollars. We try to keep the trail in good shape […] and we just sponsored a seeing-eye dog.”
Tickets are $20. For more information you can call John Jongerius at 519-669-8439. He will either deliver the tickets right to your door or keep them at his house for you to pick up at your convenience.
Cocktails start at 5 p.m., and dinner is served at 7.