We raise a money to help support our internal activities, like this membership outreach dinner, or the awards we give to members for their service at the end of the year. Every year we dish out ice cream to customers at the Grandview Boosters Ox Roast in early September, and the profits go to our administrative fund.
We raise money we need to support our service activities. Every Fall, on the weekend of a home game for the Ohio State Buckeyes, you'll see Tri-Village Lions working the lines of traffic at major intersections, asking for donations. Twice a year, we spend a Sunday afternoon engaged in a heated Trivia Contest, complete with great fun and bragging rights for winning. In past years, in the early Spring, we have had a rose sale, when we sell beautiful red roses, by the dozen, to community members. In June, the Tri-Village Lions are on hand at the Columbus Arts Festival, manning one of the drink booths and selling refreshments to visitors, with profits going to our philanthropic fund. Finally, in mid-July we hold an old-fashioned pancake breakfast, where several hundred folks come to eat pancakes, sausage, and eggs, and bid on an amazing array of raffle baskets.
We also do fundraisers for which the money is designated for a particular cause. For the past few years, we have held an activity targeted to children to raise money for a children's cause. Juvenile Myositis is one of those rare childhood diseases that strikes 2 or 3 children out of a million. Unfortunately, the daughter of one of our members, Zack Harrison, had been diagnosed with JM. So in December we will once again stage a visit to Santa's workshop. We invite children to bring us their favorite stuffed animals for the trip. They turn their furry friends over to us on Friday, and we return them on Monday morning, complete with a little photo album that shows their stuffed animal up at Santa's village, with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Staging those pictures is great fun, and it has allowed us to raise several thousand dollars for a very good cause.
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