Club Projects

The Fargo Lions participate in many fundraising and community service projects throughout the community, as well as our weekly business meetings and social events.

Fargo Lions - "We Serve."

Fundraising Activities:

Monday Night Football Raffle – Our major Fall fundraiser, members are asked to sell raffle books that cover all 16 Monday Night Football games of the regular NFL season.  Each $20.00 donation to the club grants the donor a book that has a 1 in 100 chance of winning a $50.00 prize for each of the 16 Monday Night Football games in the season.  For those of us familiar with a Super Bowl board you get the idea.  It is a fun and easy fundraiser for the club and participants.

It’s A Wonderful Night – This is our winter fundraising project where Lions members sell tickets for an exclusive shopping event at West Acres Shopping Center.  The event allows guests exclusive access to the mall to kick off the holiday shopping season, grants special savings at many mall merchants, offers door prizes, and includes fun holiday entertainment.  Santa Claus is also there to take pictures with the children.
Traffic Control at the Bluestem Amphitheater - The Fargo Lions partners with Jade Presents to assist with the parking and exit traffic for the summer concert series. It's a great way to raise money for the club and to see a concert in a beautiful outdoor amphitheater.

Spirit of the Sandbagger 100 Year Anniversary Project - 

The Fargo Lions Club is commemorating its 100-year anniversary. To celebrate, the club has facilitated a public art project funded by the community and donated to the City of Fargo to honor the spirit, determination and cooperation of all who volunteered to protect thecommunity from historic flooding in 1997 and 2009 by filling and laying sandbags.

The project is called “Spirit of the Sandbagger”.

A website has been set up where you can find further details about this project. Visit

Prairie Public Broadcasting has produced a video documenting the creation of the artwork. You can view the video here: 


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As of September 30, 2021 we have raised $200,000 to commission, erect, and light The Spirit of the Sandbagger artwork. For more details about this project, visit

Since this project is all about individuals and businesses serving the community, we invited community members and organizations to participate through donations toward the expenses of this project. The following individuals and organizations made this artwork possible. All donations, large or small, were most welcome and appreciated!

Floowall Level ($10,000 and over)

Mike & Peggy Bullinger Family
Heyer Engineering
Industrial Builders, Inc.
Alex Stern Family Foundation

Sandbag Level ($5,000-$9,999)

James R. Dawson Fund
Mayor Bruce & Lorraine Furness
Gary & Ruth Hanson
Mayor Dr. Tim & Kathleen Mahoney
Dick & JoEllen Solberg
Dakota Monument Company
Fargo Gateway Lions Club
Fargo Lions Club
Fargo Moorhead Area Foundation
Fargo Moorhead Convention & Visitors Bureau
Foss Architecture & Interiors, Inc.
Gate City Bank
Horace Lions Club
Houston Engineering
KPH Inc.
Moore Engineering
Northern Improvement
Sanford Health

Shovel Level ($1,000-$4,999)

Robert and Bonnie Ames
Theodore and Marian Appel
Mary Ann Armbrust
Mike & Jan Benson
Dr. Lance & Ruth Bergstrom Family Fund
John and Anita Dobbs
David & Bonnie Johnson
Dr. Max R. Johnson
Neil and Nancy Jordheim
Neil & Nancy Jordheim Fund**
Robert & Kathy Littlefield
Kelly & Todd McComb++
Nikki & Blake Nelson++
Tim & Jane Pettinger
Tim & Jane Pettinger **
Paul & Mary Jo Richard
Toni & Joe Sandin++
Richard Schaefer
Blake & Kathie Strehlow
Ann & Pat Zavoral
Apex Engineering Group, Inc.
General Equipment & Supplies
Heartland Trust Company
Horace Lions Club**
Luther Family Buick GMC
Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC
Master Construction
Scheels All Sports
Surgical Associates**
      ** In Honor of Dennis Walaker
      ++ Bullinger Family Contribution

Floodfighter Level ($1-$999)

Susan & Troy Anderson
Kelly Binfet**
Patrick Brown
Joe & Dana Dobbs
John Fischer
Mark & Kay Forkner
Brian Grave
Carol & Tom Gustad
John Hoeven
Sandy Huseby
Blake Itterman
Bonnie O. Johnson
Kim & Deborah Kaul
Connie Koehmstedt
Mark Kolstad
Ian Patrick Komorowski
Barb & Ron Martin
Constance Mital-Herold
Karna Nelson
Mel Olson
Milton Ota
David & Vickie Piepkorn
Thomas & Joyce Pettinger
Mona and Keith Rindy
David and Beth Rogness
Scott Seiler
Julie Snortland
John & Sherry Stern
Leland Swanson, Jr.
Diane Syverson
Dick & Pat Tedford
Katherine Tweed
Ene & Nicholas Vogel
First Western Bank & Trust
Key Contracting, Inc.
SRF Consulting Group
The Title Company
Ward Muscatell Automotive Group
        ** In Honor of Dennis Walaker


Alex Stern Family Foundation
North Dakota Lions Foundation
North Dakota Vibrancy Grant
     * Produced in partnership with the North Dakota Department of Commerce.
Sanford Health

In-Kind Gifts

AdShark Marketing
D & S Beverages
Dakota Monument Company
FM Area Foundation
Foss Architecture + Interiors
Heyer Engineering
Industrial Builders, Inc.

Still to complete: bronze plaques describing the project for visually impaired visitors, dynamic lighting, and ongoing maintenance which will be incurred by The City of Fargo as caretakers of this wonderful commemorative artwork. Follow the Fargo Lions Club on facebook or visit for updates.

Community Service Projects:

Sight-4-Kids Vision Screening – At the heart of our Lions club mission, members partner with local schools at the start of each school year to provide basic vision screening for students.
Lions Conservancy Park – Following the flood in 1997, the Fargo Lions partnered with the Fargo Park District, Riverkeepers, NDSU and other groups to sponsor this natural park set in the green space along the Red River of the North.
Litter Patrol – Club members gather each Fall and Spring to collect litter along a stretch of adopted roadway on South University near our park.
Parade Of Lights/ St. Patrick’s Day Parade – The Lions team with the Downtown Community Partnership to provide a safe and enjoyable parade route by helping with crowd control during these Fall and Spring parades through Downtown Fargo.
Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive – Lions volunteers ring the bells for the local Salvation Army fundraising campaign every Christmas season.
Peace Poster Contest – Local students have an opportunity to win cash through this Lions program designed to foster world peace and understanding. Winners can move on to state, district and international competitions.  For more information on the Peace Poster Contest, click here.
Bethany Homes Christmas Undecorating – Following the holidays, Lions members take time to assist this local senior living center in taking down their Christmas decorations.
Lions Relations – Throughout the year, a groups of Lions attend meetings of other area Lions clubs to share experience and fellowship and a spirit of Lionism.
Fargo Marathon Aid/Water Station – The Lions staff an Aid Station providing hydration and entertainment during this annual May running race through Downtown Fargo.  Here is more information concerning the Fargo Marathon.
Community Grants Team – The result of all of our fundraising is our ability to provide local groups and individuals with financial assistance. Recent recipients include the Lions Haiti Relief Fund, Riding on Angels Wings, Anne Carlson Center, RRV Hospice, HERO, Michigan Leader Dog Program, Great Plains Service Dogs, individual sight assistance requests and much more.
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