Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

April 8, 2013

Ben Davis Lions ramp up for biggest fundraiser

Bart Doan

INDIANAPOLIS — Going strong since 1951, the Ben Davis Lions Club (BDLC) will host its biggest fundraiser of the year in the form of a pancake breakfast and silent auction from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Ben Davis University High School.

The BDLC uses funds from events such as the breakfast to support such programs as Beep Baseball, a program for blind youths to allow them to play in a baseball league. They also use funds to help support the Wayne Township schools or even buying groceries for families in need.

“We have four (breakfasts) a year, but the reason this one is so different from the rest of them is that everyone that walks in the door gets a door prize and we also have a silent auction,” said Marilyn Smith, a 15-year Lion and secretary of the club. “The reason we do that is to thank the community for showing up and helping.”

The Lions Club contributes to the community throughout the year.

“We donate to Beep Baseball, which is a league that goes around the United States and the kids are all blind, but they’re still playing baseball,” Smith said. “It’s a neat program. If somebody calls and they need some extra money to help them out buying groceries, like right now we’re supporting a family where a woman lost her husband. She was working two jobs and has four children, but her income was $2 above what food stamps would allow her. So we take up food donations and take them out for her.”

The club, which has 31 members, usually sees around 300 people for this event. Some of the items that will be up for auction include framed pictures of Hall of Fame baseball players Babe Ruth and Stan Musial as well as tickets to places like Kings Island and Holiday World. Other items up for auction include dinners and hotel stays.

“We also support the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Clothe a Child program,” Smith said. “There are five state programs we support. We’re a small income club, so we can’t give out thousands of dollars, but we give out whatever we can. One thing we did this year that was different is we did Project Lifesaver, gave them money this year.”

Smith said the group is always looking for additional members with a core value of just simply serving the community and making it a better place.

“I was brought up from my family to where you don’t take anything for granted,” she said. “You give back to people that help you. It makes me feel good to give something back to the community or to somebody that really needs it. This is the largest fundraiser we have during the year and the last one for our fiscal year.”

The all-you-can-eat breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, coffee, juice, and milk. The cost to attend is $5 if bought pre-sale and $6 at the door. In addition, the BDLC will be collecting eyeglasses, hearing aids, cell phones, and food items for a local food pantry.

Ben Davis University High School is at 1155 S. High School Road. For more information about the BDLC, visit the website at bendavislions.org or e-mail to bendavislions@yahoo.com.

Just the facts

WHAT: Ben Davis Lions Club pancake breakfast

WHEN: 8 to 11 a.m. April 13

WHERE: Ben Davis University High School