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Lions Club gearing up for second annual cruise-in

COAL GROVE — Last year, the motivation was Lions helping Lions.

When the Ironton Lions Club’s Haunted Tunnel was vandalized, the Coal Grove club jumped into action to organize a fundraiser to help Ironton recoup some of its losses.

The Coal Grove group organized its first ever cruise-in, which turned out to be success, secretary and treasurer Alvin Boyd said.

“We ended up giving (the Ironton Lions Club) $250 to repair the damage done by the vandalism,” Boyd said. “For our first event, we thought we did pretty good.”

Because of the success of last year’s event, Boyd said the club is going to give it another shot. This time, the effort will be to raise money for the Sight Saving program, which provides eye glasses and exams to those who can’t afford it.

“This year we have already purchased four pairs of eye glasses,” Boyd said.

Boyd said the club has bought as many as 12 pairs of glasses and eye exams in one year. The club purchases the glasses from Ironton Vision Center and each pair costs about $200.

This year’s Cruise-In will be from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Dawson-Bryant High School parking lot. There will be door prizes for people who register their cars for the show. People can register at the event and the cost is $15.

Carl Kelly will make his famous homemade ice cream, which will be free. There will also be music and raffle prizes.

The Coal Grove Leo Club will also have a car wash to raise money for their fundraising efforts.

In the following days after the Cruise-In, the club will have an informational booth set up at Coal Grove Family Fun Days for people interested in learning more about the organization and how to join.