Lions Club hosts magic show
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.