Clark Lake Lions ventured to Brooklyn’s American Legion for the 43rd annual Cash Bash. As the name suggests, it’s about winning. At the event last night (Sat 4/29), the spotlight was on the Draw Down in which five prizes from $100 to $2000 are up for grabs. Players acquire tickets for $50 each. Each of the 170 tickets are numbered. Along with the player’s name attached to it, they are posted on the wall. Once your number is called, you’re out of the running, until the last five.
Here the numbered tickets are being drawn, and announced by emcee and event chairman Rick Shore.
As the numbers are called, they came off the wall.
The excitement builds to a peak as the last five numbers are called. The last five will win cash, but how much?
Mike Hitchcock $100
Scott Diliberti $250
Robin Shore $500
Phil McShane $1,000
Ajax Heating $2,000
So that there is never a dull moment, several other games are part of the mix – 50/50 drawing, 50/50 button board, meat raffle, super raffle, and silent auction. Coverall is a bingo-like game that interacts with the draw down. The food is also a crowd pleaser.
The players and their fans.
Founded in 1965, by twenty-one Clark Lake community leaders, the Lions are affiliated with the international organization of 1.4 million members in 206 countries and geographic areas. The original 21 members of the Clark Lake Lions met at the Clarklake Community Church for many years. In 1985 the club was able to purchase approximately 40 acres behind the church on the west end of the lake. That purchase is now Lions Park and includes the Lions’ clubhouse and soccer and baseball fields.
The Cash Bash is a primary fundraiser for the Clark Lake Lions. They will use proceeds, about $4000, for the care of the clubhouse and grounds at Clark Lake. In addition, fundraising enables the Club to participate in Lions Clubs International efforts that strive to rid the world of preventable and reversible blindness.
Events like these don’t happen on their own. The Cash Bash comes together because of members who volunteer to help.
Jeannie Hitchcock (treasurer), Rick Shore (emcee & event chairman), Walt Shuberg (president), Walt Reed, Sandy Simon (secretary)
Would you like to know more about the games work? Click here to check out the placemats that tell the story.
Click to learn about other Lions Club events like the Clark Lake Easter Egg Hunt and the Memorial Day Parade.
Thank you Rick for the great pics and excellent article. We live in an amazing community that understands the need for giving. The business community is especially generous with donations for the silent auction.
As chairman of the event, I want to thank the businesses that donated. I want to send special thanks to Country Market for donating two beautiful beef strips retailing for over $250. These were raffled and the winners will be enjoying juicy steaks this summer. Also, a big thanks to America 1 Federal Credit Union (Clark Lake branch) for the donation of 4 tickets to a future Detroit Tigers game.
Finally thank you to the ticket buyers, the Lions Club ticket sellers, the cash bash committee, and the Lions that were on hand to facilitate the event. Especially, treasurer Jeannie Hitchcock who oversees the financial aspects of the event (a huge amount of work). Another shoutout goes to secretary Sandy Simon who managed the Silent Auction (including a blitz solicitation of local businesses, with her sister Terri Huffman), many folks remarked about the elevated quality of the auction items. Many Lions members provided homemade baked goods, which are always a big hit. One pan of Rhubarb Crisp went for over $50!