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The Ava Lions Club is busy preparing for the spring projects, all of which are important to the citizens of Ava and Douglas County.
The second annual walk for sight will be on Saturday, May 14 beginning at the city park. Until then, members of the Lions Club will be soliciting sponsors and participants for this event.
Last year’s first event was very successful with over 350 participants and 50 sponsors. Many other individuals and businesses participated by donating meals, show tickets and special discounts for participants.
Last year the Lions provided a runner’s packet which included over $400 in prizes, dinners, sodas and discounts at local merchants. The combined value of all packets and prizes distributed to the participants last year exceeded $85,000.
The Lions anticipate exceeding that amount this year.
This year the registration will remain $10 per participant, but this year the Lions are also including at least one canned good as part of the registration. All canned goods will be donated to the Heart of the Hills Food Pantry.
Larry Morrison, Lions president, said, “Last year we prepared for 200 participants and were overwhelmed with the support and registration of 350. This year we are better prepared and will prepare runners’ packets for the first 500 registrants.”
Registration forms may be picked up at any of the local business sponsors including Cooper Lumber Company, Ava Building Center, Subway, Cox/Ava Family Health Care, Sunshine Café, Ozarks Family Vision Centre and Ava Drug.
Participants should register early. Only the first 500 participants are guaranteed a runner’s packet with the prizes and discounts.
“We invite everyone to participate. Come on out and enjoy the spring weather, walk with your friends and be rewarded with the valuable runners packet,” says Morrison.
For more information you may call Morrison, 683-0188, or any Lions Club member.
In addition to the walk/run, the Lions will also cook breakfast for the Ava High School seniors on the morning following Project Graduation, and will once again man the cook shack for the Futurity and Spring Show of the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association in early June.