Friday, August 19, 2011

51st Annual Lions Club Auction

The 51st annual Lions Club auction is scheduled for Monday, August 29th Tuesday, August 30th, and Thursday, September 1st from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. We will have several hundred items from local businesses up for bids. With your help we will raise funds for eye exams and glasses for those in need in our community.

Special thanks to Harding University's TV-16 and KVHU 95.3 FM for providing air time. We also want to thank The Daily Citizen for publishing the list of items on August 27th and 28th.

Check back here for links to the full list of items after August 25th.

Friends for Life Medical Announces Fund Raiser at Searcy Lions Club

The local crisis pregnancy center, Friends for Life (FFL) Medical, will be holding their annual fund raiser on September 29. Kim Richards, Executive Director, made the announcement at the weekly meeting of the Searcy Lions Club.

Richards reported that FFL Medical has experienced a 30 percent growth rate each year for the past several years, and now serves over 1,000 young women annually. Most clients fall into the 20-24 age group, but women as young as 12 and as old as in their fifties have received services and counseling from FFL Medical.

“Our newest program is called ‘Earn as You Learn,’” reported Richards. “By taking parenting classes, prospective mothers can earn ‘Baby Bucks’ that can be applied toward the purchase of items that we keep stocked in our care closet.”

Lion Cheri Yecke, sponsor of the Harding University Students for Life group, noted that diapers, formula, and other such donations are always welcome. “Members of our group help to ensure that the care closet stays well-stocked. With school starting next week, this prolife group will once again become active on campus.”

Nearly 20 volunteers help to staff the Searcy clinic, which is open three days a week. A new clinic in Heber was opened recently, and is served by 30 volunteers.

The annual fundraising banquet will be held on September 29 at Harding University’s Heritage Center. For more information or to make reservations, please call 305-4500.

(Photo: Lion Bob Simpson, Kim Richards, Director of FFL Medical, and Lion Cheri Pierson Yecke, sponsor of Harding University Students for Life.)

Friday, April 15, 2011

Omelet Supper Success

Thanks to all who came out for our annual omelet supper. We served 408 people in what was our largest crowd in recent memory. Thanks to the people of Searcy that help us to better serve our community.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Searcy Lions Reach $37,000 for the Sunshine School

Special needs children in the White County area have a friend in the Searcy Lions Club, which has so far raised over $37,000 to furnish and equip the new Sunshine School building. This ongoing fundraising effort began in November 2010 with a Christmas outreach, and is still continuing as the February 1 deadline nears.

The club is applying to Lions Club International for a grant to double these donations. Searcy Lions Club has until February 1 to try to meet the grant limit of $75,000.

According to Lions Club member Cliff Ganus, Jr., “If other organizations can join us in raising that amount, we can apply to have it doubled to $150,000. Lions Club International is interested in helping efforts such as this.”

Club President Alex Behel is shown here accepting a check from Stephen Burks of Harding University. Burks and a colleague at Harding Academic, Brad Francis, organized a series of basketball tournaments that raised $1,713 for the Sunshine School. “The students had fun while helping a worthy cause. We are proud to be a part of this effort,” said Burks.

Other organizations that have contributed to this fund include the Harding Art Department, White County Central School District, and the Harding Student Association.

“Our hope is that those who were planning a donation in 2011 will do so by February 1. Our partnership with the Searcy Lions Club has given us an opportunity we do not want to pass up,” stated Mary Lou Dunn, Director of the Sunshine School.

Donations will be accepted through February 1, and the Searcy Lions Club will publicly recognize all schools, businesses, and other civic organizations that join them in this effort.

Checks should be made out to the “Searcy Lions Club Sunshine School Fund” and sent to P.O. Box 784, Searcy, AR 72145. For more information, call 279-1205.

UPDATE: The latest total is over $40,000!