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Elmira Lions BBQ celebrates 20 years

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.

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