Tickets are now on sale for the 3rd Annual Greater Pine Island Lions Club Raffle and Live Auction fund-raiser to be held next month.
The fund-raiser will take place on Feb. 17, from 6-10 p.m., at the St. James Civic Association. There are 200 tickets available for the event, which are a donation of $50 per person.
"This year we have reduced the cost of the tickets to $50 each and each ticket holder will enjoy a buffet, including Florida peel and eat shrimp, Hawaiian meatballs, chicken wings and lots of sides, veggies, fruit and desserts," she said. "And a chance to win any of the raffle prizes - $1,000 first prize (drawn last), $500 second prize and $100 third and fourth prizes."
Although coffee and ice will be provided with the meal, individuals can bring their own bottles and coolers to the fund-raiser. President Mary Von Burg said the St. James City Civic Association does not allow the Lions to sell alcohol, but individuals are welcome to bring their own.
Von Burg said last year's event cleared $3,500 on the auction alone.
"We are hoping for at least $5,000 this year," she said.
If You Go
What: Greater Pine Island Lions Club Raffle
& Live Auction
Where: St. James City Civic Center,
3300 4th Avenue
When: Feb. 17 from 6-10 p.m.
Admission: $50 per person donation, includes
buffet dinner and one raffle ticket
Tickets: Call 239-283-9761
There will be live auctions during the entire evening, with only a short break occurring in the middle of the event. Von Burg said they will not accept credit cards for the items.
"This is a great ice-breaker get-together and is a good place to meet your friends for an evening of fun," Von Burg said.
The proceeds from the Raffle and Live Auction will help those who cannot afford eye exams, glasses, eye surgeries and hearing aids. The profit will also help the Lions Club maintain the Lions Club play-picnic park on the island.
"This takes a toll on our pocket books," Von Burg said. "This year we need to replace the wooden structures and buy metal supports for the swings and also replace wood on all picnic tables and mulch under the swings for safety."
She said they currently have a bid of $17,000 to replace the two sets of swings, add edging around the play areas and fill with play mulch to prevent injuries to the children.
In addition, the Lions Club also sponsors a Little League baseball team, the Food Pantry, F.I.S.H., Museum of the Islands, Friends of the Library, cancer projects, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts on the island, Calusa Land Trust, Lighthouse of SWF Center and children's activities.
To purchase a ticket, call 239-283-9761.