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Our Lions Club works for (or donates funds to) a variety of causes, including:

  • Thanksgiving dinner boxes for families in need (with  Gleaners Food Bank)
  • Eye exams and eyeglasses for people in need
  • The Joe Piersante Memorial Scholarship for Brighton High School seniors
  • VIABIL - Visually Impaired and Blind in Livingston
  • Cub Scouts 
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters
  • Leader Dogs for the Blind
  • Bear Lake Camp for impaired children
  • Penrickton Center for people with disabilities
  • Brighton Senior Center
  • Kids Wing emergency medical transportation

In order to help support these wonderful causes, we use our volunteer efforts to serve the community and raise funds through the following projects:

Enjoy All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinners

From May through October between 4:00pm and 7:00pm we serve a wonderful pasta dinner that includes garlic bread, salad, beverage and desert at our Lions Community Den. We have also added coney dogs to our menu that can be purchased individually for $1 or be included as your dinner choice. The Friday dates vary from month to month, but are announced in advanced so that you can mark them on your calendar.  Spaghetti Dinner Menu Download

ROAR! for Thanksgiving Food Drive

Every November, with the help of the Cub Scouts, we collect non-perishable food and cash donations in front of VG's and Walmart that are taken to Gleaners Food Bank for the preparation of Thanksgiving meal boxes. If you see us collecting food in our shopping carts, be sure to bring or purchase a few items to those in need. The food goes right back to your neighbors here in Livingston County.

Thanksgiving Meal Boxes for the Needy

Each year hundreds of Livingston County families turn to Gleaners Food Bank to provide them with food for their Thanksgiving dinner. The Brighton Lions Club helps fill this need by providing food donations and turkeys purchased with cash donations from its fund raising activities. Also, with the help of Cub Scout Pack 347 and the Brighton High School Varsity Hockey Team, we assemble Thanksgiving dinner boxes at Gleaner Food Bank. Then with the help of the Salvation Army, families in need of help are contacted and they are asked to come to Gleaners to pick up their Thanksgiving dinner from the Brighton Lions Cub. Through this activity alone, we are able to assist about 200 local families enjoy a holiday together.

Lion Bob Iannuzzi Memorial Golf Outing

Every July we host an outing at The Golf Club at Mount Brighton in honor of Lion Bob Iannuzzi. Plan to join us for a full day of golf plus a continental breakfast, lunch and dinner followed by the presentation of door prizes and awards. Each year, many local businesses and private individuals generously sponsor holes and donate door prizes to help make the outing a success. Proceeds from the outing benefit the Brighton Lions Community Den and our many local projects. 

Bob Iannuzzi Golf Outing Flyer Download

Summer 50/50 Raffle

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the pictures of the 2017 drawing by the daughter of one of our ticket holders and a picture of Lion Treasurer Bob Johnson presenting the check for $1,067 to our winner Bill Chapman.

Look for us throughout the summer during the festival season selling our 50/50 Summer Raffle Tickets in Downtown Brighton. As with all of our fund raising projects, 100% of the proceeds go back into the community to fund our service to the blind and visually impaired or other service projects. Be sure to stop by and say “Hi” and buy a stack of tickets.

Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast

Join us on Independence Day at our Community Den for a delicious all you can eat pancake breakfast including sausage, coffee and orange juice. We start serving at 7:30am and continue until 11:00am so that you can enjoy a great breakfast with your friends and family. Each year we also honor the Brighton Fire Department as they join us for a hearty meal.

Candy Cane & White Cane Fundraisers

Each December (Candy Cane) and May (White Cane) our members collect donations outside of VG's grocery store in Brighton. We also collect White Cane donations at Walmart in May. The funds collected are the backbone of our ability to serve the blind and the visually impaired. Look for us giving you a friendly greating and handing out peppermint candies to thank you for your donations.

Collecting eyeglasses and hearing aids

During the past year, the Brighton Lions Club collected 5,140 pair of eyeglasses and 108 hearing aids that will be used to help those in need. The glasses and hearing aids were delivered to the Lions of Michigan state office in Lansing where they will be sorted and categorized. From there, they will eventually be taken to a third world country by trained optometrists, ophthalmologists and opticians where they will be fitted and given to the local residents. The Lions Clubs motto is "We Serve" and this is one of the ways that the Brighton Lions Club, Lions of Michigan and Lions International are able to improve the quality of life of individuals throughout the world.
 
The eyeglass were collected at various locations throughout Livingston county. We want to thank all of the individuals that took the time to donate glasses and hearing aids and the locations that accepted the donations. The collection points include:
Brighton District Library Awesome Chiropractic
Brighton Senior Center Genoa Township Hall
Brighton Chamber of Commerce Walmart Optical Center - Fowlerville
Brighton Post Office Walmart Optical Center - Howell
Kensington Ophthalmology Real Estate One (G.R. & Cross St.)
Keehn Funeral Home Brighton Cleaning Supplies
Marion Township Hall The Brighton Lions Community Den**
Pictured with the 22 boxes filled with glasses and hearing aids is Brighton Lions Club President Lion Don Nelson on the left and Eyeglass Co-Chairman Lion Harry Carter on the right.

 

Lion Joseph Piersante Memorial Scholarship

The Brighton Lions Club held its Lion Joseph Piersante Memorial Scholarship dinner on May 17 and presented two $500 awards to Brighton High School seniors. The winners were selected based on their applications detailing achievements that coincide with the Lions Club's focus of providing assistance to the blind and visually impaired as well as helping to feed those in need. The Lions guiding philosophy is "We Serve" and the scholarships are meant to honor two graduating seniors for their service to the community and to encourage them to continue this level of commitment in the future.
 

Become a Lion

The Brighton Lions always welcome new members and volunteers. To learn more about the Lions Club, please join us on the second or fourth Wednesdays of each month. Secons Wednesday - 6:30PM Brighton Lions Community Den, 465 W. Main St. Brighton, MI (Along the RR tracks, behind Buon Gusto restaurant), fourth Wednesday 8:15AM AMMERICUS GRILLE 9836 E. Grand River Ave. Brighton, MI.

 


 

 

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