2010-09-23 / Front Page

Lions Club Park Fundraiser Under Way

Goal of $100,000 set
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz
STAFF WRITER

McConnellsburg Lions Club hopes to raise $100,000 for more renovations at Lions Community Park. Planned amenities include tunnel cages for baseball, softball and golf; a security system; and an upgraded tennis and basketball court. Loy Garber, left, and Don Fowler stand near the tennis courts where the tunnel cages will be located. McConnellsburg Lions Club hopes to raise $100,000 for more renovations at Lions Community Park. Planned amenities include tunnel cages for baseball, softball and golf; a security system; and an upgraded tennis and basketball court. Loy Garber, left, and Don Fowler stand near the tennis courts where the tunnel cages will be located. McConnellsburg Lions Club launched its latest fundraising effort this week, announcing a goal of $100,000 for the successful completion of its unique addition at Lions Community Park.

Calling the park a “wholesome place to hang out” for not only its playground facilities but for the newly installed walking track and stellar baseball facilities, Lions Club members Don Fowler and Loy Garber said the funding will allow the club to put finishing touches on the park. Possibly the top priority on the wish list is the conversion of the old tennis courts into a “first-class play and practice area.”

The 14,400-square-foot court will be modified to include three tunnel nets for baseball and softball hitting and improvements to golf swings; a new and improved tennis court; basketball court; and storage area that equates to an overall safe haven for both exercise and play. In addition, the entire area will be encompassed by a sturdy fence enclosure and monitored by a state-of-the-art security system.

As fundraising chairman, Garber pointed out various sponsorship levels currently exist. Levels include donations up to $249 known as a “walk.” A “bunt” is $250 to $499, and a “single” represents a donation falling between $500 to $999. Additional sponsorship levels are deemed doubles, triples, home runs and grand slams, which top the contribution list with a total donation of $10,000 and up. All contributors will be honored by a special plaque to be displayed at Lions Community Park.

Local residents and businesses wishing to join in and aid in the growth of the recreational complex are asked to send a donation made payable to Pennsylvania Lions Inc. to Donald Fowler, Lions Club, 113 W. Wood St., McConnellsburg, PA 17233. All pledges must be paid by December 2010.

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