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Sight Conservation - We provide funding for medically necessary eye care for low-income adults and children, and help to provide vision screenings at community health fairs.  The Winchester Host Lions have truly made the difference between blindness and sight for thousands of Winchester residents over its long history.

Click here for a  list of the locations of our Eyeglass Recycling Boxes.

Hearing - Hearing influences nearly every aspect of our daily lives, from our ability to earn a living to the quality of our relationships.  Better hearing allows people to succeed in school, find good jobs, and participate in their communities. By addressing hearing loss we can promote better health, greater educational attainment, and higher levels of economic productivity.

Through the Lions Hearing Aid Recycling Program (HARP), our Club provides affordable hearing aids for individuals with limited financial resources.

Diabetes Awareness - People with diabetes are at risk of losing sight due to diabetic retinopathy.  It is the leading cause of vision loss in adults of working age (20 to 65 years).  74% of people who have diabetes for 10 years or more will develop some form of diabetic retinopathy.  All people with diabetes-both Type 1 and Type 2-are at risk. That's why everyone with diabetes should get a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year.

Our work supports diabetes awareness, education, control, prevention and research.  A screening test can detect the possibility of diabetes.  Our Club helps during community diabetes screenings.

Safety - It's the habit of many people to travel to family and friends during long holiday weekends. Frequently these trips require long tiring hours of driving that increases the likelihood of an accident.  The foremost safety concern during these trips is driver fatigue.

To help travelers stay alert our Club coordinates the effort of six local Lions Clubs in an effort to provide coffee and snacks on New Year's Day at the local Interstate Highway I-81 rest stop.  Approximately 800 travelers each year extend their rest time to chat a few minutes and enjoy refreshments.

Youth Outreach - Children are our future.  Accordingly, a Club objective is to provide local youth with an opportunity for development and contribution as responsible members of the community.  To accomplish this goal our Club sponsors the Millbrook High School Leo Club and provides a mentor at meeting.

Additionally, we participate in the organization of an annual music contest that is open to all youth in our area each spring.  Winners of this local contest move up to a District competition, and if successful onto the Lions Club State Convention to compete.  Scholarships are provided to all participants at State level.

Apple Blossom Parade - Since 1938, Our club has been responsible for the organization and direction of the annual Apple Blossom Festival Grand Feature Parade.  Today's Apple Blossom Festival is a 10-day community event which started as a 1-day affair in 1924.  In 1948 Bing Crosby appeared as Grand Marshal of the Grand Feature Parade, followed by celebrities such as Bob Hope, Arthur Godfrey, Ed Sullivan, Van Johnson, and Lucille Ball, to name a few. In more recent years, the Grand Marshals have included Senator Harry F. Byrd, Jr., Robert Wagner,  Mary Tyler Moore, Katie Couric, Al Roker, Dan Aykroyd, Larry Hagman, Wayne Newton, Debbie Reynolds, Mario Lopez, and in 2013, Scotty McCreery.

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We also have a float in the parade and  our President is featured!

Christmas Baskets - Thirty-five (35) less fortunate families within Winchester (VA) receive baskets each year.  The baskets contain everything needed to prepare a large sumptuous holiday meal.

Fundraising Projects

Broom Sales - The brooms sold by Lions Clubs are produced by visually impaired individuals and are among the best produced.  Our Club conducts brooms sale stands at community events during the year, AND at ten (10) different merchant locations spread throughout the city.  Merchants that proudly display our sales racks are listed on the Home page for easy access.

                                         

52/50 Ticket Drawing - Each Spring three hundred (300) tickets are sold at $25 each to the community, friends, and family for a drawing held at every weekly meeting throughout the year.  The weekly winner gets $50 and has their number returned to the container so they are eligible to win multiple times throughout the twelve month period of the drawings.  Everyone is welcome enter, so ask your neighborhood Lions Club member when you can enter the drawing.

Cash Party - This is our Club’s largest fundraiser which is held in late October of each year.  Only three hundred (300) tickets are sold for the event which has $12,500 as its Grand Prize.  Over the years this event has become a must attend event for the community.  The Cash Party ticket includes a buffet dinner with all the drinks you want (within reason)!  Bingo games, Mountain-of-Cheer drawing, and a silent auction are available to enhance the fun throughout the evening.  Remember to contact your local Lion for tickets which are usually available by mid-August.

Serving the community is the reason that inspires people to become Lions. We support and promote the movement of putting something back into the local community, and our only reward is the difference we've made and the relationships we've built.

Father-Daugher Ball

Held in January of each year, this is a magical evening for fathers and their little girls of all ages to create a special memory. Held at the elegant George Washington Hotel, this themed evening is a truly memorable occastion for all. All net proceeds are donated to a local children-based charity. Organizations in the past that have benefited from this event are the Fremont Street Nursery, Camp Fantastic and the Kids Clubs of the Shenandoah Valley. Sponosrhips are always welcome to help us reach our donation goal.

To purchase tickets: Father-Daughter Ball (available starting November 1, 2019).

To be a sponsor, contact Lion LIsa Brumback for information.

 

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