Lions Club hosts magic show

alt

Clowns and trained dogs were among the acts at the Newnan Lions Club circus magic show held recently at East Coweta Middle. The club’s major emphasis is eye exams and eyeglasses for those below the poverty line, especially children and elderly. 


The Newnan Lions Club sponsored their annual circus magic show recently at East Coweta Middle School with a large crowd in attendance.

“It was a pleasant night and the crowd enjoyed every minute… magic tricks, a pet pig, several trained dogs, clowns and trained birds,” said local Lions representative Dunk Hale.

The kids also enjoyed face/arm painting by a local artist and refreshments, plus the opportunity to learn magician secrets.

“Thanks to many business and individual sponsors in Coweta County who donated the funds for the show, almost 300 deserving students and their parents were able to attend the show free,” Hale said. “The Lions Club also receives a portion of the sponsorships. The Lions Club in Newnan allocates most of their charity monies to sight conservation — eye exams and glasses for the needy,” Hale said.

Lions Clubs were founded in 1917 with the objective to “help those less fortunate.”

“After Helen Keller challenged the Lions in 1925 our primary focus has been to provide services to the blind and visually impaired,” Hale said. “Efforts include eye banks, dog training, leader dogs for the blind, eye surgeries, eye exams, eyeglasses, camps for the blind, treatment of river blindness and more recently we have added drug and diabetes awareness and hearing aid assistance.”

“Our local club also supports many community efforts, including One Roof, Bridging the Gap, Coweta County Adult Drug Court, Coweta Cancer Support Group, highway trash pickup, used eyeglass collection and foreign student exchange,” Hale said. “Our major emphasis is eye exams and eyeglasses for those below the poverty line, especially children and elderly.”

Several local eye clinics — Grant MacDonald/Sean Carr at Coweta Eye Care, Amy Jeffries at Jeffries Eye Care, and Robby Smith at Lenscrafters — have agreed to provide their services at below cost in order to support the Lions Club’s charity work, he said. “We are very thankful for their support.”

“We are confident that having corrected vision is beneficial to the individual and society. Good vision allows people to drive, work, use the computer or perform well in school. Over 250 individuals have received eye exams and eyeglasses from our club… all free to the recipient,” Hale said.

“We have established relationships with all school nurses and school counselors in Coweta County and made them aware of our desire to help needy children. Many of those we have helped are children whose families could not provide them with proper vision correction,” he said.

The Lions collect used eyeglasses at 18 different drop-off points throughout the county. A convenient drop-off location is the Newnan Walmart store, Hale said.

“These eyeglasses are recycled for the benefit of disadvantaged people in all parts of the world,”’ he said.

The Lions meet at noon each first Tuesday at Golden Corral restaurant at Newnan Crossing West shopping center off Bullsboro Drive. Anyone interested in joining the Lions Club — the world’s largest service club — may contact Dunk Hale at 678-876-1328.



More Close Up

The Hobbit

Hackers: Peter Jackson comes to Hollywood’s rescue with a side of cheese

The third and final installment of Peter Jackson’s second go round at J.R.R.Tolkien material is by far the weakest film yet in the sto ... Read More


Back to School

New Year a look to the future for historical society

2014 will end with the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society looking to the future by hosting their third annual New Year’s Eve gala. At th ... Read More


Weekender: See & Do

Music: • Southern rock: Daniel Lee Band will perform Friday, Dec. 19 at 9 p.m at Southern Ground Social Club (18 Main St. in Senoia; n ... Read More


Welcome, Christmas

Local restaurants offering Christmas-themed options

The past year has seen downtown Newnan re-emerge as a dining destination, and with the holiday season right around the corner, local restaur ... Read More


Glow Light Your World benefits Bridging the Gap

After only three years, Glow Light Your World seems to be a holiday tradition in Coweta, and all for a good cause. Over 1,000 people gathere ... Read More

Santa brings tidings of comfort, joy to Senoia seniors

Senior citizens at Coweta Senior Center in Senoia proved recently that the magic and joy of Christmas can be experienced at any age. Santa C ... Read More