Lions Club sponsors Turkeys in the Park raffle drawing

Natalia Salinas helps Lion Joe Bogar with the drawing at Turkeys in the Park. Courtesy photo

Natalia Salinas helps Lion Joe Bogar with the drawing at Turkeys in the Park. Courtesy photo

GRAND BLANC — Saturday, Oct. 24, marked the sixth annual Turkeys in the Park event at Physicians Park in Grand Blanc.

Normally, this event is an afternoon of free fun for area children, with games, bounce houses, face and pumpkin painting and more.

However, this year, given the current circumstances, it was reduced to a raffle of 20 turkeys.

The proceeds from the fundraising initiatives go to support programs for eye care, hearing and cancer screening, diabetes prevention, as well as Leader Dogs for the Blind and local service organizations like FISH and My Brother’s Keeper.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who supported our White Cane and Turkeys in the Park initiatives,” said club Treasurer David Aurand. “We especially want to thank our partners at ‘Birdies for Charity’ presented by Ally, who provided the platform enabling us to fund raise during this difficult time.”

With this help, the club raised more than $2,600.

“Although we are a small group, we are having an impact by raising and returning over $15,000 to the community during the last six years,” Aurand said. — L.R.