The Milledgeville Lions Club is hoping to feed more than 800 people during its annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser next week.
“This is our biggest fundraiser for the past several years,” said Paul May, president of the local club. “Please come join us for good food, good music and fellowship.”
Lions will welcome spaghetti-lovers to Crockett’s Cafeteria from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27. Tickets can be purchased from a Lion, or at the door for $7, which includes all-you-can-eat spaghetti, coleslaw, bread, cookies and drinks. Carry-out orders will also be available.
“We will also have a meatless sauce available for vegetarians,” May said. “The gospel music group ‘The Generals’ have volunteered and played for the last few years and they will provide entertainment again this year.”
Proceeds from the fundraiser will support local Lions projects, Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind, Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation and Leader Dogs for the Blind.
“Funds raised are used to help the sight and hearing impaired in our community and state with eye screenings, glasses, surgeries, hearing aids and sending kids to the Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind in Waycross. Last year we had 114 campers,” May said. “Since the club formed, we’ve provided three seeing-eye dogs to people in Milledgeville.”
In 1977, the local organization began selling plates of homemade spaghetti which were prepared at the homes of club members.
“I’ve been a chairman for close to 20 years, and when I took over, we were feeding 200 to 250 people. The most we’ve ever fed was right at 1,000 people back in early 2000,” May said. “In the last two to three years, we’ve been feeding about 800 people. Times are hard and last year’s ticket sales were down, but we hope to feed at least 800 to 900 people this year.”
Lions will also be conducting free eye and hearing screenings from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday during a health fair at Shiloh Baptist Church, located at 204 Harrisburg Road Club members will continue offering the free screenings from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Cafe Central, located at 500 Underwood Road.
“This past Tuesday, we did free eye screenings at the soup kitchen,” May said. “We checked 28 people, and over half of them needed glasses and one is really in need of surgery.”
Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization, with 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs worldwide. The Milledgeville Lions Club was established in 1975 and has since continued to help hearing and sight-impaired individuals locally and statewide.
“We help the Salvation Army at Christmas, support the Shop with a Cop program and we’ve built wheelchair ramps,” May said. “We also clean up Highway 212 once a quarter, starting at the swimming pool and going up a mile. In the past we’ve also done a river cleanup before the Greenway was there.”
The Lions convene the first and third Thursday of each month at Golden Corral restaurant for dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by a meeting at 7 p.m.
For more information about the organization, to donate funds or purchase spaghetti dinner tickets, call May at 478-452-6929, or visit www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/milledgevillega.