The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

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April 10, 2014

Lions’ annual style, variety show Friday

The Oak Hill Lions Club’s 71st annual Style and Variety Show is slated for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 11 at the Oak Hill High School Auditorium. Admission is $2.

“This is our club’s largest fundraiser and has been a tradition for 71 consecutive years,” said Cassie Ortiz, a member of the Oak Hill club. “That’s a huge deal. Not many people have done something 71 years consecutively.

“It’s hands down the biggest event of the year. It funds the year’s activities.”

Ortiz said she is excited about the show this year for a number of reasons including the variety of entertainment (vocalists, a choir, a dance troupe, belly dancers with a live drummer and more) and fashions (“We have everything from athletic wear to formal wear”), as well as the number of door prizes (over $300 in gift cards and gift baskets from area merchants, along with a $100 cash prize).

Among the fashions on display will be those from Belk, Ben Franklin, Fit For A Queen, Goodwill, Lily Jane’s Boutique, Nearly New Consignments and more.

Also, an admission ticket will entitle the ticket holder to a door prize entry.

Ortiz also is thrilled by the fact that in addition to raising funds for the club’s numerous community support projects, the show also will support another worthy cause.

“This  year we are excited to be partnering with the New River Humane Society to help collect donations for the animals at the shelter,” she said. Each item donated to the Humane Society at the show also will qualify the donor for an additional entry in the door prize contest.

“Not only is the style show a fun evening for everyone,” Ortiz said, “but the money we raise helps to fund our various projects throughout the year.”

And those projects are legion. The club’s motto, “We Serve,” is an understatement.

Members of the Oak Hill Lions Club serve the community in a variety of ways throughout the year.

“We participate in many community-wide events, such as the annual Oak Leaf Festival. Our Saturday Pancake Breakfast is a great way to get ready for the parade.

“We were one of the first service organizations to sign up for the Adopt-A-Highway program, and for over 20 years, we have kept Route 16 between the Greentown exit and Glen Jean free of litter.

“Every fall, we provide school supplies to each of the elementary and middle schools in the Oak Hill area. This past year, we were able to donate $500 worth of pencils, crayons, paper, erasers, colored pencils, folders and glue sticks to four schools.

“Another project our club looks forward to each year is the Christmas party we organize for some of the children in Oak Hill that can use a little extra cheer during the holiday season. Last year, we had about 20 families join us for an evening of food, fun, crafts and gift. One added bonus was that every kid left with gloves and hats to keep them warm during the cold months,” Ortiz said.

“As a club, we feel it is very important that we encourage our youth to give back to their community. With that in mind, this will be the third year we offer two $500 scholarships to graduating seniors who show dedication and excellence in community service.

“Our newest service project is a partnership with The Summit at Hidden Valley to ‘adopt’ their residents and help with some of their activities and outings. We are really looking forward to meeting new people and having fun with them while keeping them engaged with new experiences.”

Locally and internationally, the Lions Club is known for its vision-related projects.

“The Lions Club’s primary mission is providing eye care and glasses to people in our area who may not be able to afford them without some assistance,” Ortiz said. “Last year, we were able to help 20 individuals with limited resources receive much-needed vision care. In addition to this local service, we also donated over $3,000 in services for the blind and visually impaired in West Virginia, the USA and around the world.”

Members of the local club offer those interested an invitation to serve the community alongside them.

“All of the things our club accomplishes would not be possible without the participation and engagement of our amazing members,” Ortiz said. “We have members ranging in age from 31 to 87, and welcome ideas and participation from each of them. If you are interested in learning more about our organization, check out the window at Action Printing during the month of April. We would also like to invite you to join us for our ‘Invitation to Serve’ night on April 24 at Dory’s Grill in the Holiday Lodge.”

Anyone with questions regarding the Oak Hill Lions Club, or the club’s annual Style and Variety Show, may call the club president, Pete Johnson, at 304-575-8964.

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