GAIL MARTIN, Independent Editor
If you’re looking for a fun night out that supports a great cause, look no further.
The Elmira Lions are once again hosting their annual Beef and Pork Barbecue, now in its 22nd year.
The event, which serves as a fundraiser for Lions club projects, takes several approximately three months to plan, and requires the manpower of nearly 60 volunteers.
John Jongerius said that this year’s event will boast a few changes.
The most significant will be having children 12 and under eat for free.
“We’re trying to get more families come out,” said Jongerius. “We’re hoping this will get some more families out. For some families with two or three kids, (the barbecue) can be a pretty big expense.”
The pork and beef is slowly cooked all day over charcoal that is prepared by Lions members, creating an amazing flavour and meat so tender it falls apart on your fork.
“It’s really great,” said Jongerius.
In addition to the beef and pork, ticket holders can get baked potatoes, fresh local corn on the cob and homemade pies.
And, as in year’s past, it is all you can eat.
The event also includes a DJ dance and various raffle prizes, including two tickets to a Toronto Maple Leafs’ game, a barbecue, and season tickets to Drayton Entertainment.
All of the money raised goes towards projects supported by the Lions club. In past years, this has included local trails, the Memorial Forest, and support to Elmira Scouts.
Jongerius said that the club is always ready to help those who need some support.
“People approach us all the time, but it’s rare for us to turn someone down,” said Jongerius. “We’re here to help.”
Tickets for the Lions Beef and Pork Barbecue are $20 per person, and are available from local Lions members, or by For tickets, see any Lions Club of Elmira member, or by emailing email@example.com, or calling 519-572-2669 or 519-500-1434.
The barbecue will take place on Saturday, Sept. 29, at Lions Hall. Cocktails will be served at 5 p.m., with the dinner taking place at 7 p.m.