Vergennes Lions donate to homeless shelter, counseling service

VERGENNES — At the last meeting of the Vergennes Lions Club, a donation was made to Alice Maurer, board member from the John Graham Shelter, in the amount of $750. Maurer said that 250 people were served in one of the three Vergennes facilities last year, and that all of them had ties to Vergennes as residents or relatives of residents of the area.
President Chuck Burkins also presented Bob Thorn of the Counseling Service of Addison County, with a check for $350 to help sponsor teams for their annual bocce tournament. Thorn indicated the new effort in healthcare is to keep people healthy — rather than only dealing with sick people. He thanked the club for their annual support.
Memorial Day events earned the club nearly $11,000, which will go a long way to meeting the needs for the 2016-2017 Lions’ year. The winner of the vehicle raffle was June Sheltra from Newport Center. The $500 prize went to Randy Gaboriault of Vergennes, and the $250 prize went to Jeanette Armell of Vergennes. Lion Macky Gaines thanked the membership for their support and mentioned that the club float got second place.
Upcoming events for the club are the July 13 charity auction at Vergennes Union High School, Vergennes Day activities, and the raffle of four box seat tickets to the Red Sox vs. Yankees baseball game on Sept. 15 in Boston.
Editor’s note: This article was submitted by Larry Simino.

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