Lions Club discusses fundraising efforts

During its semimonthly meeting Tuesday, Wapakoneta Lions Club member Jack Preston announced that the club made $466 from its Bob Evans community fundraiser on March 1.

The Lions Club teamed up with Bob Evans’ restaurants in Wapakoneta and Lima to guarantee that 15 percent of every bill spent at the restaurant that day would be given to the Lions Club when customers presented a voucher during checkout.

Preston said this year’s fundraiser generated the highest amount of money they have ever received in the years they have done it.

However, most of the money that was made through the fundraiser came at the Bob Evans’ restaurant in Wapakoneta. The club raised $421 in Wapak, and just $45 in Lima. Preston equated this imbalance to a lack of proper marketing of the event in Lima.

All proceeds from the fundraiser in Wapak will be split evenly between two food banks, God’s Storehouse and Mercy Unlimited. The money raised from the Lima restaurant will go to a local food bank in that area.

Preston said the Lions Club and Bob Evans will be working closely together in the future as well.

“They have agreed to help sponsor us next year on our 100-year anniversary of Lions,” he said. “We’re working it out so that all Bob Evans in Ohio will support the Lions.”

For the full story, see the Thursday, March 13 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.