Lions’ pan­cake sup­per Thurs­day

The Covington News - - LOCAL - ROB DEWIG rdewig@cov­news.com

There’s noth­ing like break­fast for sup­per — for a good cause.

The Cov­ing­ton Lions Club will host its an­nual all-you-can-eat pan­cake sup­per fundraiser from 5-8 p.m. Thurs­day at Academy Springs Park, lo­cated at 3120 Cony­ers Street.

The menu in­cludes blue­berry, choco­late chips and reg­u­lar pan­cakes, com­plete with maple syrup, Holy­field Sausage rounds, orange juice, milk and cof­fee.

Tick­ets are $5 for adults and $3 for chil­dren un­der 7.

Doreen Stall­worth, the Lions’ dis­trict cab­i­net sec­re­tary, said the pan- cakes aren’t just good-eatin’. They’re also a good fundraiser.

“The Lions fo­cus re­ally on sight, hear­ing, di­a­betes, measles, river blind­ness, hunger (and) we en­gage the youth,” she said. “What we do in Cov­ing­ton is we have peo­ple who call us or email us and say ‘I need glasses,’ or my aunt or my grand­mother (does), and we con­nect them with a lo­cal op­tometrist and we ar­range for them to have an eye exam.”

The club also helps with the an­nual Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Fuzz Run. It pro­vides eye-screen­ings for free at var­i­ous health fairs.

Plus, “the Lions are re­ally the world’s largest civic or­ga­ni­za­tion,” she said, with 1.37 mil­lion mem­bers in 46,000 clubs in 208 coun­tries. The club turns 100 in 2017.

The Cov­ing­ton club do­nates specif­i­cally to four Ge­or­gia or­ga­ni­za­tions: the Ge­or­gia Light­house for the Blind in Cham­blee, which pro­vides glasses for $7; Lions Club In­ter­na­tional (which pro­vides dis­as­ter re­lief world­wide), the Ge­or­gia Lions Camp for the blind in Way­cross; and Lead­er­dogs, which pro­vides guide dogs with thor­ough train­ing. It costs $36,000 to train each dog.

The Cov­ing­ton club has three an­nual fundrais­ers: the pan­cake sup­per, a chicken bar­be­cue in April; and a chili sup­per in Fe­bru­ary.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit cov­ing­ton­lions.org.

Photo cour­tesy of Metro Cre­ative Con­nec­tion

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