WHAT WE DO
We raffle a steer at the Sandwich Fair each fall. This is our largest fundraiser. Money raised from this project is used locally.
Lions Candy Days
Each October we give away mints and receive contributions which we use to support the Lions of Illinois Foundation. The Foundation provides a variety of services for the visually and hearing impaired that are available to Sandwich residents.
Lions Tootsie Pops
Each May we give away tootsie pops and receive contributions which we also use to support the Lions of Illinois Foundation.
Sight and Sound Sweepstakes
The Lions’ Sight & Sound Sweepstakes, a cash raffle with a first prize of $5,000. The money raised will be used locally or statewide to help the visually and hearing impaired through such programs as Camp Lions for children/adults and free vision/hearing screenings.
Draw Down Dinner
This annual project provides all of the funding for our scholarship program. Money raised goes into the Lou Brady Memorial Scholarship Fund named in honor of charter member Lion Louis P. Brady. Each year $4000 is split between two scholarships for Sandwich High graduates. To help with the costs of further education, one scholarship is awarded to a boy and one to a girl graduating from Sandwich High School.
Franklin Mall Christmas Food Boxes
Each Christmas Sandwich Lions and Community Members work together to deliver 250 boxes of groceries and gift certificates to approximately 200 needy families in our community.
Franklin Mall Christmas Cheer Baskets
Each Christmas Eve Lions Santas and helpers deliver approximately 350 plates of cookies and candies to the elderly, shut in, or people, with serious illness or difficulties. This is our way of sharing a little Christmas cheer with our neighbors.
Several times a year Sandwich Lions assist area residents with disposing of unwanted metal items. After collection the Sandwich Lions haul these items away for recycling.
Sandwich Lions sponsor 3 Cruise Nights in downtown Sandwich each year. Cruise Nights are open to the public and feature classic cars. Proceeds from this event go towards the beautification of downtown Sandwich.
Other Individual Needs
We also assist families who have needs other than vision or hearing. We have provided wheelchair ramps for individuals with specific needs. We have sponsored special Scout projects , State Leadership conferences, student ambassador programs, kids bowling league and other worthy activities by people in the Sandwich community.