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Covington Lions Club hosts 12th annual chili dinner

COVINGTON — The weather outside has been frightful, so the Covington Lions Club is inviting the public to come indoors and enjoy a chili supper and at the same time support a worthy cause.

From 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, the Lions Club will host its 12th annual Chili Supper at the Lions Clubhouse at Academy Springs Park on Conyers Street.

This is one of three fundraisers planned this year to raise support for the Lion’s Club, which provides eye exams, eye glasses, children’s clinics, eye surgeries, hearing aids and eyeglass recycling through the Georgia Lions Lighthouse for the Blind, according to a press release from Doreen Stallworth, secretary for the Covington Lions Club.

Stallworth said that there are four Lions Districts in Georgia and Covington is in District I, which helped provide approximately 100 eye surgeries and eight contact lenses or prosthesis in 2013 for a total cost of $762,684.

“Also, 600 people had eye exams and 2,064 received eyeglasses, so our District I has helped many people,” she said. “And, Lions cannot do it without your help.”

Lions also work to send donations to the Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind for children and adults at different times of the year, as well as send donations to Leader Dogs for people who need them.

Lions Clubs also send donations to Lions Club International Foundation, which provides aid to disaster areas around the world. Unused eyeglasses are cleaned and sorted, and volunteer groups take them all over the world to distribute to people in need, Stallworth said.

The cost for the all-you-can-eat Chili Supper is $5. Dessert will be available for a donation, and hot dogs will be provided for children. Tickets are available from any Lion member, Mayfield Ace Hardware at the Kroger Shopping Center or you can pay at the door.

Visit www.covingtongalions.org for more information.