Track meet part of Lions Club mission to help others

Published 10:16 am Thursday, April 8, 2010

CHESAPEAKE — Simply, it’s their mission. The Lions Club’s motto of “We Serve” has revolved around the club’s work of providing eyeglasses and eye exams for those in Lawrence County who can’t pay for these items themselves.

But all that requires funding and one of the major ways the club brings in those needed dollars is from its annual Invitational Track and Field Meet.

This will be the 43rd year for the meet that will be Friday starting at 5 p.m. at the Chesapeake High School track.

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Teams from 10 schools will go for the top prizes.

“It’s the most important fundraiser activity of the year with funds going to provide eyeglasses and exams for the needy people of the county,” club president Rick Slack said.

Also part of the money raised from the event goes to various charitable agencies in the county.

“It is the most prestigious of all the Lions Club events,” Bob Smith, club member, said. “It is the biggest fundraising event for the Lions Club. It is huge event. Every year when April rolls around that is what people are looking forward to.

“It brings the community together for a good time for people to come together and renew friendships and also to see some really good competition.”

Throughout the evening door prizes will be given out including an Ipod Touch, a 21-speed bike, a $50 gift certificate from Walmart and an one-year membership to the fitness center at the Chesapeake Community Center

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the gate starting at 4 p.m. or from any Lions Club member.