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Join in with the Anchorage Lions Club and be part of our Community Service Activities.


Alaska Ride for Life. Photos: 2007 / 2011 / 2012

Each July we man aid stations for the Alaska Ride for Life, a two day bicycle ride from Anchorage to Seward, that raises funds for colorectal screening. The funds primarily assist low income and uninsured residents in Anchorage through the Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center and other Anchorage physicians who specialize in cancer screenings. In 2007 net proceeds exceeded $105,000.

Don Fridley Golf Classic. Photos: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011

Each June we help to organize and run the Don Fridley Golf Classic, a benefit for the Covenant House. Our efforts with this fun and very worthwhile event has helped raise over $350,000 for the Covenant House during the past 20 years. The Covenant House assists abused and abandoned children.

Fireweed 400. Photos: 2007

The Firewed 400 is a series of bicycle races in September on the stretch of road between Sheep Mountain Lodge and Valdez, traveling via Glenallen. We help to man aid stations during the event. The event produced a 2007 profit of $38,000 which was distributed in the followng way to support youth athletics: Arctic Bicycle Club $14,200; Mighty Bikes $3,000; Winter Stars and Eagle River Nordic Club $2,500; Fairbanks Nordic Ski and Alaska Speed Skating $1,500 each; Valdez HS XC $1,500; Valdez HS Wrestling $1,500; Emblem Club $1,500; Valdez HS Baseball $750; Valdez Snow Machine Club $750; Valdez Convention and Visitors Bureau $1,000; Prince William Sound Community College Student Fund $750; Healthy Futures, Anchorage Nordic, Glacier View School, and Alaska Professional Volunteers $1,000 each.

Food Bank of Alaska. Photos: 2006, 2010

Each of our club members is asked to bring one or more cans of food for the Food Bank of Alaska during the first of our Friday meetings each month. In the absence of a can of food, our members are encouraged to donate $1.00, which goes to the Latino Lions Club to help with their Food Distribution Joint Project at the Hispanic Cultural Center. In 2006-2007 our club raised $401.00 to help the Latino Lions Club, since they do not recieve enough food from the Food Bank of Alaska to meet the needs of the citizens they serve. Our members also help the Latino Lions Club to distribute 9,000 to 11,000 pounds of food on the third Saturday of each month.

Great Pumpkin Festival. Photos: 2006

Each October we help stage the Pumpkin Festival together with other Lions Clubs at Spanard Recreation Center. The event offers a safe and fun series of events for children during Holloween.

Joint Sight.

We work with six other local lions clubs to provide corrective eye glasses to our community. As part of this effort we collect used prescription eye glasses. One of our members serves on the Board of Directors for the 49A Joint Sight Committee on the third Monday of every month.

Melvin Jones fellowship Award. Photos: (2007/2007)

Each year the Anchorage Lions Club awards one of its members the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, contributing $1,000 in the name of the recipient to Lions Clubs Foundation International. Individual members of our club are also encouraged to make similar doantions in their own names. The fellowship is the foundation's highest honor and represents humanitarian qualities such as generosity, compassion, and concern for the less fortunate.

Miners and Trappers Ball.

As one of five Lions local clubs we help to orgazine and run the Miners and Trapper's Ball, part of the Fur Rondy Event. Ten percent of the funds for all tickets we sell are returned to our club to fund our charitable efforts. 2008 Information Poster, 2007 Beard Contest Rules, 2008 Miners and Trappers Ball.

Salvation Army. Photos: 2005, 2006

Each December we help with the cheerful bell ringing, bringing in the much need cash to help fund the services of the Salvation Army in their activities throughout the year. We set up shopin the areas around the Nordstrom and JC Penney's buildings downtown.

SightFirst II

Campaign SightFirst II ia a worldwide effort by Lions Clubs International to raise at least US$150 million to continue and expand the extraordinary work of SightFirst, Lions' worldwide program to combat preventable blindness. The Anchorage Lions Club has pledged to raise $16,000 for FirstSight II over the next five years. Melvin Jones Fellowships may be directed to the SightFirst II Campaign.

Street Clean-Up.

Each May and October we sponsors a Street Cleanup of 15th Avenue from C Street to Orca.

Vision Screening. Photos: 2007, 2010

At the Alaska State Fair, and in elementary schools around Anchorage we work with other Lions clubs to provide free vision screenings. We use state of the art equipment which detect vision problems which so often are undiagnosed. We have helped many people who were not aware that their vision difficulties can be corrected. It makes a huge difference with many children in school who had dificulties in the learning process because of poor eye sight.

Other organizations we have supported financially in recent years include Leader Dog, a program which provides guide dogs for the visually impaired, and Camp Abilities, which organizes youth camps, also for the blind and visually impaired.

We have lots of other exciting and fun events: conventions, parties / celebrations, picnics, and lunches with interesting guest speakers.