Archive for Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Community groups in Linwood find success during fundraisers

August 29, 2007

What a day for a barbecue.

Saturday's Linwood Lions Club BBQ was the main event at the Linwood Community Center. Not only was it a fundraiser for the Lions Club, but it also raised funds for Linwood Friends of the Library and United Methodist Women.

According to Gary Bennett, advertising chairman for the Linwood Lions Club, the organization served about 400 people at the event.

"We were happy with the turnout," Bennett said.

He noted that the attendance was on par with recent years.

"We're down from what it used to be 19 years ago, but the last few years that's what we've been running," Bennett said."

The Lions Club uses the proceeds to fund scholarships for local high school students. And, it's also used as part of the eyeglass collections the Lions Club sponsors. The organization provides eyewear to schoolchildren in need.

"That's the big one," Bennett said.

According to Linwood Library director Sue Peavy, the Friends of the Library raised $300 through a book sale.

"They said it was more than last year," Peavy said, referring to Friends of the Library organizers' numbers.

The Friends of the Library uses that money to cover expenses and then donates the remainder to the library for next year's summer reading program, Peavy said.

The library also sponsored, for the first time, a scavenger hunt.

Clues were created by local historian Arlene Pritchard. Among the clues were: "What was the location of the post office in 1975" or "Home of Lum Burnett, potato king."

Six teams participated in the hunt, with the winning team finding five of 15 clues. The winning team included former Linwood resident Marvin Dove, who now lives in Tonganoxie, Marvin's daughter Cheryl Jacobs, and Cheryl's children Benjamin and Ariel.

Violet King came in second, finding four clues. Several times, one team collected clues seconds ahead of another team.

The scavenger hunt was staged to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the library. Fittingly, the winning team won $30 in prize money.

The United Methodist Women also had a booth at the event. Organizers raffled off a quilt made by Linwood resident Mary Morris. Teresa Jones of Shawnee won the quilt. The raffle raised about $600 for the group.

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