Sussex Lions Club Donates Nearly $22,000

The group handed out checks to area organizations during Monday night’s Christmas party.

The Sussex Lions Club held its annual Christmas party on Monday night where it handed out nearly $22,000 to various charities, organizations and programs.

Held at the Fox & Hounds Restaurant and Tavern in Hubertus, every Lions Club member and donation recipient attended to watch the donation process. From the to Center for the Deaf-Blind Persons, nine checks were distributed ranging from $300 to $6,445.

Each recipient stood up at the podium, thanked the Lions Club and gave a short speech pertaining to why the funds were important to their organization.

The recipients were:

  • Joan Schneider from the Center for Deaf-Blind Persons - $600
  • Vanessa Nerbun from the Vision Forward Association - $1,000
  • Amy Flaherty from the
    • $1,300 for senior bussing
    • $400 for senior bingo
  • John Greiten from the Lisbon Parks and Recreation - $5,880
  • Dr. Kathleen Cooke from the Hamilton School District 
    • $300 for the Hamilton Education Foundation
    • $5,000 for Hamilton High School scholarships
    • $500 for Badger Boys and Girls
    • $6,445 for the Hamilton High School press box

Schneider and Nerbun both spoke about how much the Lions’ small donation increases how many people they’re able to provide services to. Flaherty added during her speech that the usefulness of the shuttle service is very clear when she sees how many happy area seniors attend the events via bus.

What do you think of this nonprofit’s generous donations? Tell us in the comments.

Pete December 07, 2011 at 01:51 PM
I am sure all donations are well intended and it will help keep tax dollars from going to support these causes. It does seem a little odd though, when i was with the Lions Club, the organizations main charity or cause was to help prevent blindness or to help the vision impaired. To see almost $6000 dollars got to the Lisbon Parks Dept and only $600 donated to the Center for Deaf&Blind peoplemakes me wonder a little bit
Andy Ambrosius December 07, 2011 at 03:40 PM
That is odd. How long ago were you with the Lions?
Rick Vodicka December 07, 2011 at 06:05 PM
The Sussex Lions Club has a long tradition of helping the blind and visually-impaired through the Wisconsin Lions Foundation and Lions International, as well as through our local community efforts. We also support our local schools and communities by offering scholarships, helping the local food pantry, and assisting the local municipalities with civic improvements. We have long supported both the Village of Sussex and the Town of Lisbon parks as supporting parks is considered part of Lionism. We use our club's annual Christmas party as the means to distribute our yearly commitments to many of the local groups who receive our support. The donations in the story above are not even close to describing all of the organizations and commitments we have as a club annually. The majority of our Wisconsin Lions and Lions International-based commitments are disbursed at our annual District Convention in February. Our commitments throughout the year wide-spread and far reaching. While I can't personally speak to other Lions club's annual commitments, as the Sussex Lions Club's immediate past president, I can assure you that we as club have a long-standing tradition of strong support of traditional Lions International programs as well as strong support of our local communities. For more information on the Sussex Lions Club, our current and past projects, as well as our fundraisers, please visit our website @ www.sussexlions.org/. Rick Vodicka SX Lions Past President 2010-2011
Andy Ambrosius December 07, 2011 at 07:33 PM
Rick, you're the best. Thanks for posting.


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