Whether hosting free vision tests for thousands of Collier County adults and children, providing daily living, mobility or Braille training for the blind, or testing for diabetes, members of the Marco Island Lions Club have put together a professional medical team that puts our island community first.
For over 25 years, the Marco Island Lions Club has raised funds to support humanitarian efforts on Marco Island. Unlike many non-profit organizations, the Lions Club uses 100% of the donations raised from their annual Pancake Breakfast and White Cane fund raisers to collect and distribute used eyeglasses for those who cannot afford them, screen Collier County adults and children for vision and hearing problems, sponsor students for schools for the blind, and support and contribute to Southeastern Guide Dog, Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF), as well as other vision organizations that directly aid the Marco Island community.
The first fundraising event—the annual Lions Club Pancake Breakfast–is scheduled for Saturday February 23rd at the United Church of Marco Island, 320 North Barfield Drive from 8 until 11 AM. The breakfast historically has fed over 300 Marco Island residents and visitors on this one Saturday morning, raising considerable funds so that the Club can continue to do its good works.
“Come early because there’s always a crowd.” said Dave Gardner, President of the Marco Island club. “We’re hoping to beat our donation totals from previous years and that can only happen if people come and enjoy our pancakes, eggs, sausage and coffee on this one special day…and donate.”
Tickets for the breakfast are $7 in advance (purchased from Lion Club members) or $8 at the door on the day of the breakfast. Of course, donations over and above the ticket prices are always appreciated.
In the 100+ years since Lions Club International was first formed in 1917, 47,000 Lions Clubs in over 200 countries around the world have been launched and remain active. Their mission is to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding.
For more information on how you can become a member of the Marco Island chapter of this worthwhile organization, or how you can donate so that the Club can continue its worthy causes, call Dave Gardner at 239-289-5862. Let’s explore our service journey together.