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Our Lions Club works for (or donates funds to) a variety of causes, including:

  • Thanksgiving dinner boxes for families in need (with  Gleaners Food Bank)
  • Eye exams and eyeglasses for people in need
  • The Joe Piersante Memorial Scholarship for Brighton High School seniors
  • Cub Scouts
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters
  • Leader Dogs for the Blind
  • Bear Lake Camp for impaired children
  • Penrickton Center for people with disabilities
  • Brighton Senior Center
  • Kids Wing emergency medical transportation

In order to help support these wonderful causes, we use our volunteer efforts to serve the community and raise funds through the following projects:

Enjoy All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinners

From May through October between 4:00pm and 7:00pm we serve a wonderful pasta dinner that includes garlic bread, salad, beverage and desert at our Lions Community Den. We have also added coney dogs to our menu that can be purchased individually for $1 or be included as your dinner choice. The Friday dates vary from month to month, but are announced in advanced so that you can mark them on your calendar.  Spaghetti Dinner Menu Download

ROAR! for Thanksgiving Food Drive

Every November, with the help of the Cub Scouts, we collect non-perishable food and cash donations in front of Busch's and Walmart that are taken to Gleaners Food Bank for the preparation of Thanksgiving meal boxes. If you see us collecting food in our shopping carts, be sure to bring or purchase a few items to those in need. The food goes right back to your neighbors here in Livingston County.

Thanksgiving Meal Boxes for the Needy

Attached are a few pictures from our Thanksgiving activities this year.  Our Canned Goods Drive resulted in donations of about 800 pounds of food and $585 in cash. Packing Night was a great success with the assistance of 30 Cub Scouts, 20 parents and 8 Lions. The final count from the Salvation Army for Thanksgiving Basket Distribution was 142 families consisting of 559 family members. 
 
Thanks to all of the Lions who helped make this project a success and to our volunteers Mike Burbery, Mike Loy, Suzy Enciso and her husband Diego who helped with distribution. Special thanks to Lions Bob Johnson and Randy Pearsall for transporting the canned goods to Gleaners. Lion Brett Briggs for organizing the Cub Scouts and Packing Night and Lion Bud Adas for heading up Thanksgiving  Basket Distribution.

Lion Bob Iannuzzi Memorial Golf Outing

Every July we host an outing at The Golf Club at Mount Brighton in honor of Lion Bob Iannuzzi. Plan to join us for a full day of golf plus a continental breakfast, lunch and dinner followed by the presentation of door prizes and awards. Each year, many local businesses and private individuals generously sponsor holes and donate door prizes to help make the outing a success. Proceeds from the outing benefit the Brighton Lions Community Den and our many local projects. 

Bob Iannuzzi Golf Outing Flyer  Download

Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast

Join us on Independence Day at our Community Den for a delicious all you can eat pancake breakfast including sausage, coffee and orange juice. We start serving at 7:30am and continue until 11:00am so that you can enjoy a great breakfast with your friends and family. Each year we also honor the Brighton Fire Department as they join us for a hearty meal.

Project KIDsight

KIDsight Eye Screening for Children.

Candy Cane & White Cane Fundraisers

Each December (Candy Cane) and May (White Cane) our members collect donations outside of Busch's Fresh Food Market in Brighton. We also collect White Cane donations at Walmart in May. The funds collected are the backbone of our ability to serve the blind and the visually impaired. Look for us giving you a friendly greating and handing out peppermint candies to thank you for your donations.

Collecting eyeglasses and hearing aids

During the past year, the Brighton Lions Club collected 5,140 pair of eyeglasses and 108 hearing aids that will be used to help those in need. The glasses and hearing aids were delivered to the Lions of Michigan state office in Lansing where they will be sorted and categorized. From there, they will eventually be taken to a third world country by trained optometrists, ophthalmologists and opticians where they will be fitted and given to the local residents. The Lions Clubs motto is "We Serve" and this is one of the ways that the Brighton Lions Club, Lions of Michigan and Lions International are able to improve the quality of life of individuals throughout the world. 
Eyeglass were collected at various locations throughout Livingston county. We want to thank all of the individuals that took the time to donate glasses and hearing aids and the locations that accepted the donations. Pictured with the 22 boxes filled with glasses and hearing aids are Lion Don Nelson on the left and Lion Harry Carter on the right.

Lion Joseph Piersante Memorial Scholarship

The Brighton Lions Club held its Lion Joseph Piersante Memorial Scholarship dinner on May 8 and presented two $1,000 awards to Brighton High School seniors.
Above our winners receiving their check from Lion John Conely - left to right are Brooke Warren and Olivia Smith.
  
The second group picture shows our winners in the center.  From left to right are: Jaye Smith (Lion Joe's daughter), Lion President Ken Hartford, Brooke Warren, Olivia Smith, Lion John Conely and Jana Cordon (also Lion Joe's daughter).

Become a Lion

The Brighton Lions always welcome new members and volunteers. To learn more about the Lions Club, please join us on the second or fourth Wednesdays of each month. Second Wednesday - 6:30PM Brighton Lions Community Den, 465 W. Main St. Brighton, MI (Along the RR tracks, behind Buon Gusto restaurant), fourth Wednesday 8:15AM AMMERICUS GRILLE 9836 E. Grand River Ave. Brighton, MI.

 


 

 

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