Canton Lions offer to match Community Kitchen donations

Nov 27, 2012

The Canton Lions are continuing to give back to the community by offering to match donations to The Community Kitchen of up to $2,000, and are challenging other community organizations, churches and individuals to do something similar for the nonprofits of their choice.

“After a disappointing return from the 2011 Labor Day rides in Canton, the Canton Lions Club worked on finding new ways to generate revenue,” said club president John “Monty” Williams.

“Lion Adam Bridges came up with the idea of an Alumni Football game between Pisgah and Tuscola at Pisgah.  The club contracted with Gridiron Alumni in March and held the game May 5. With the leadership of Lions Bridges and Max Bumgardner, the club met the challenge of the short time frame. “

As a result of the revenue from the game, the Canton Lions have been able to consider grants for more Haywood County groups than ever before.  Thus far, it has made grants of $1,000 to Haywood Christian Ministry, $1,000 to the Canton Senior Center, $1,000 to Waynesville Middle School Needy Student Fund, $1,000 to Bethel Middle School Needy Student Fund, $1000 to the Pisgah High School band, and $1,000 to the Haywood County Boys Scouts.

In addition, with the help of the Clyde Lions Club, the two clubs are sponsoring a grant proposal to Lions Club International for $23,400 for the Canton Middle School i-Pad literacy initiative that focuses on students with disabilities and economically disadvantaged students.  Club members hope that this will pave the way for similar grants to many more Haywood County Schools.  The club continues to consider grants for worthy Haywood County projects.

The club announced that there will be a rematch of Pisgah and Tuscola at Tuscola’s field May 11.  The Canton Lions have already received sponsorship bids.

The Canton Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Sid's on Main, in Canton. For information, call 400-9672.

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