Pierce County Councilman Shawn Bunney (right) presents a $10,000 check to Communities in Schools-Lakewoods Executive Directory David O’Keeffe at the Lakewood First Lions Oktoberfest fundraiser. Photo by Ed Kane, Freelance Graphics.
Two-hundred thirty five people attended the Lions Club annual Oktoberfest fundraiser on Sept. 29 to have fun and raise funds for Communities In Schools of Lakewood (CISL) programs. The “Clover Park Five” played hit after hit, the dance floor was full most of the night, the Lions Club cooks served up great German food, and the mini-auction program raised serious money for both Lakewood First Lions Club and CISL. Initial estimates show that the Lions Club provided the setting for raising over $10,000 for CISL! Plus they raised over $3,000 for other Club functions and contributions.
Police Chief Larry Saunders started the mini-auction with a call to help CISL recover from cuts in grant funding. He went on to say that “well staffed after-school programs are one of the most effective crime prevention programs we have going in Lakewood”. At the end of the mini-auction, Pierce County Councilman Shawn Bunney, presented a $10,000 check to CISL Executive Director Dave O’Keefe. Shawn, a long-time supporter of Communities in Schools, shared his motivation for contributing to CISL:
“There is nothing more important for society than to help our children prepare for their future. Their future is the future of this country and the world. A major aspect of that preparation is, of course, what our children learn in school. But preparation for the future involves more than learning the ABC’s of the alphabet. It’s about learning the ABC’s of life: daily learning, social participation, reliability, contribution to society, the need for balance, and play.
I want to thank everyone associated with CIS in Lakewood for your contributions towards teaching our children the ABC’s of life. I feel fortunate and honored to be able to represent Pierce County with the commitment of $10,000 to help CIS of Lakewood with its after-school programs. Thank you for your commitment to our children.”
A big thanks to Kathie Theoe, event coordinator, and the 30+ Lions who worked together to organize and staff the event.
For many years Lakewood First Lions has contributed to CISL and other programs that serve kids in Lakewood. The money they helped raise at Oktoberfest will be split between CISL’s After-school, Mentor, and Readiness to Learn programs. To learn more about CISL, visit their Website at www.lakewood.ciswa.org. Information about Lakewood First Lions Club can be found on their Website at www.lkwdfirstlions.org.