Dinner tickets available now
Dinner tickets for Christmas
Conservation Dinner tickets offer chance to give gift of community in Christmas season
Committee sets April 6, 2017 as date for 28th Conservation Dinner; Organizers announce tickets are now available; Volunteers invite people to buy tickets as Christmas gifts
The Conservation Dinner Committee invites people to ‘give the gift of community’ by buying a Conservation Dinner ticket as a gift this Christmas season. “If you are thinking of gift ideas this holiday season consider buying friends and family Conservation Dinner tickets,” said Mary Ryan-Allen, Co-Chair of the Conservation Dinner Committee. “The Conservation Dinner is a fun night out in April and a chance to support work in your local communities.”
To purchase a ticket or to donate to the 2017 Conservation Dinner, visit the Ausable Bayfield Conservation office east of Exeter at 71108 Morrison Line (just south of Highway 83) or phone 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email info(at)abca.on.ca. To find out more visit abca.on.ca or conservationdinner.com.
The 28th Conservation Dinner is to take place on April 6, 2017 at South Huron Recreation Centre at 94 Victoria Street East in Exeter. Tickets are $75 each. Patrons receive a charitable gift receipt, for income tax purposes, for a portion of that amount. The Conservation Dinner in 2017 promises to be a special one as it is the year of Canada 150 (the 150th anniversary of Confederation).
This popular Conservation Dinner charitable fundraiser supports the South Huron Trail and other accessible trails; community parks; conservation areas; outdoor nature education for children and youth; recreation through fish stocking and a family-friendly fishing derby for the young and the young at heart; a job opportunity for young people; and other community projects. “As winter approaches, a Conservation Dinner ticket makes a great gift as something to look forward to when spring comes,” said Janet Clarke, Co-Chair of the Conservation Dinner Committee. “When you give someone a ticket for this charitable event you also know you are helping your community by supporting parks and recreation, accessible trails, nature education, and more.”
In addition to tickets for the Dinner (which almost always sells out each year), the Conservation Dinner Committee also has other gift ideas this Christmas season. People can use the new online auction page at conservationdinner.com to bid on 15 items ranging from a knife set to historic maps to a collector’s plate to fine art. Some of the items posted on the new online auction page included a Küchenmesser German knife set; a framed Edward C. Schaefer print of a John Deere Model A; a limited-edition collector’s plate by Tammy Laye; framed photography by Janette Baillie; a framed print of Paul Gaugin’s Night Café at Arles; as well as limited-edition prints by artists including Tom Forrestall; Elisabeth Tonner-Keats; Lawrence A. Dyer; and Leonard Skinner. Other items include original historic maps by cartographers such as Chatelain and Bonne.
This dinner and auction was started in 1990 and the Exeter Lions Club joined as co-partner in 1991. The net profits are split 50-50 between community conservation projects of the Foundation and community conservation projects of the Exeter Lions Club. The support of donors, patrons and guests, local businesses, artists, and volunteers has helped this charitable event raise more than $1 million over the past 28 years for community projects. The 2016 Dinner raised almost $62,500 in net proceeds for community improvements such as parks, accessible trails, and nature education and recreation. That’s $1,000 more than the previous record set the year before.
The annual charitable gala features live and silent auctions of art and other distinctive items including travel packages and sports and entertainment memorabilia. The event also includes special raffles, general raffles, appetizers, wine tasting, fun and fellowship, and a wonderful meal.