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Lions Club Raffle and Live Auction a success

February 27, 2013
By MEGHAN McCOY ( , Pine Island Eagle

Fifty-six tickets were sold for the 3rd Annual Greater Pine Island Lions Club Raffle and Live Auction - another successful fund-raiser for the organization.

"Thanks to our loyal fans, our 3rd Annual Raffle/Auction was a success," President Mary Von Burg said.

She said due to the auction donors and audience bidders, the fund-raiser was able to net the Lions Club a good profit to continue its services for the community.

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Sue Eslinger won $100, Ruth Shreve won $1,000 and Sammie Waitkumos won $100 during the Greater Pine Island Lion’s Club 3rd Annual Raffle and Auction Feb. 17. Also pictured is Lions Club President Mary Von Burg. Darene Levy, not pictured, won $500.

"Attendance was not up to par, but our auction items remain top of the line and were received from donors from Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte and Tampa," Von Burg said. "Thanks again for the donations received for the auction."

She said she would also like to thank their auctioneer, Mark Haffner of Matlacha, for coming forward after the regular auctioneer failed to show.

"Thank you Mark Haffner for a job well done," Von Burg said. "The Lions and those attending are very appreciative of the work you did. Mark was in the audience as a guest and stepped forward when he saw we were in trouble."

The event also included a buffet of an assortment of foods for the attendees' enjoyment, which was prepared by Lions' members and friends.

"Thanks also to our members and friends who prepared the delicious meal, worked in the kitchen and helped with collecting the money from the auction," she said.

In addition to the auction, four lucky raffle winners went home with a cash prize.

This year's raffle winners included Ruth Shreve, who won $1,000; Darene Levy, who won $500; and Sammie Waitkumos and Sue Eslinger, who won $100.

The profits earned during the event will allow the Lions Club to continue to help the island.

"This will allow us to provide eye services and hearing aids for those on the island who cannot afford them," Von Burg said.

The Lions Club is seeking new members to join to keep the club active. Those interested can attend the monthly meeting, which is held on the fourth Monday from October through March at the Fisher of Men's Lutheran Church, 10360 Stringfellow Road in St. James City.



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