The Loganville Legacy Lions Club has certainly been living up to both the mantra of the Lions Club International and the meaning of the word legacy.
Last year, the Legacy Lions Club made the decision to have a $10,000 raffle for the community and donate the proceeds to local efforts in the area. The group is gearing up to donate the proceeds from the fundraiser to various local groups as it kicks off the 2017 version of the “Give Back” raffle.
“Last year we began discussing something bigger than what we thought our small club could achieve, and the ‘Give Back’ raffle was born,” said Mike Jones, a charter member of the Loganville Legacy Lions Club. “While selling the tickets was certainly an involved effort, when it was all said and done, we sold 134 tickets and provided 10 winners with $1,000. We thought the reverse raffle might have resulted in one winner, but each of the names that were drawn agreed to share the prize. Amazingly enough, it took all of about 10 seconds for them to make the decision to take their $1,000 instead of taking a chance to win $10,000.”
Being an organization that doesn’t like to hold onto money that could be serving the community, the decision was made on how to disperse the remaining funds generated by the fundraiser. At the upcoming award presentation, checks for $1,000 will be presented to both the Walton County Special Olympics and Shepherd’s Staff Ministries, the Loganville-based food bank. A check for $500 will also be presented to both the Boy Scouts of American Troop 535, based out of American Legion Post 233, and Boy Scouts of America Troop 536, based out of Loganville Methodist Church.
The “Give Back” award presentation and 2017 kickoff will begin at 7 p.m. on April 25 in the main ballroom of the American Legion Post 233.
This year’s campaign will differ from the first effort, where tickets will be $50 and there will be only a $5,000 raffle, which will reward either five winners of $1,000 or, if decided, one winner of $5,000. Plans are again to name the winner or winners at the City of Loganville’s AutumnFest, scheduled for October 21st at the Town Green.
Lions Club International is commemorating its centennial this year, boasting a membership that has included Gerald Ford, Amelia Earhart, Larry Bird, Helen Keller and Adm. Richard Byrd, to name just a few. The Loganville Legacy Lions Club began in 2011 and is the only local Lions club to welcome both men and women. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Hong Kong Buffet, located in the shopping center next to Goodwill. For additional information, call John Morgan at 678-313-3723 or contact Skip Baliles at 678-576-2653 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.