2009-10-01 / Local & State

Second Lions Club Dinner-Auction a Success


The McConnellsburg Lions Club hosted a successful dinnerauction fundraiser at the American Legion Post 561 last Saturday. Those in attendance raved about the delicious meal of Dungeness crab, from the Pacific Northwest. The auction brought in approximately $17,000 to be used for the McConnellsburg Lion’s Community Park

In addition to 73 silent auction items, 60 live auction items included framed art, firearms, hunting trips and a variety of items made and donated by local craftsmen, including a wooden rocking horse donated by Jerry Books, a wooden tractor-trailer with bulldozer donated by Don Fowler, and an exquisite wingbone turkey call made and donated by Butch Seiders in memory of Ray Koontz.

The work of local artists was popular and prints from Mark Twain Noe, Brian Tucker, Charles Walker and Calla Hill were all well received. “Little Washday Helpers” by Mark Twain Noe, donated by John and LaDawn Hoffman, drew the best bids.

Hunting and fishing trips were popular as well and a whitetail hunt donated by Jeff and Mary Huston of Pine Tree Trophy Whitetails brought the highest bids of the night. Todd Alexander and Keith Fischer donated a guided half-day upland bird hunt at Creekside Farms, and Russ Gordon donated a three-day guided flounder fishing trip in Virginia.

Local auctioneer Ron Zimmerman volunteered his time and talent and had an enthusiastic crowd bidding eagerly.

Auction organizer Dr. Jack Steele said “We had a great crowd. We were a little worried because with busy fall schedules, and a slow economy, turnout was a little smaller than we had first projected. The folks in attendance rose to the occasion and had a great time while providing much needed support to a great local cause.”

The McConnellsburg Lions Club announced an ambitious $500,000 fundraising campaign almost two years ago, to expand, improve and maintain the park, located in Todd Township, adjacent to the borough of McConnellsburg. With more than $400,000 of that goal raised, the club is looking to put the finishing touches on the recent park expansion and pay down the debt incurred for the project.

Prior to the live auction, master of ceremonies Todd Alexander pointed out that no tax dollars are used to support the community park and maintenance expenses alone exceed $20,000 each year.

Lions Club treasurer Roger Watkins extended “a special thank-you to all the individuals and businesses that donated auction items” and noted that a listing of those donors will appear in The Fulton County News in coming weeks.

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