The Lions Club is hosting its 44th annual barbecue chicken meal fundraiser on May 18.
Fort Payne Lions Club President Mike McElhaney said the Lions Club internationally focuses on eye care but the club has recently taken on efforts to help with juvenile diabetes.
All event proceeds go into the Lions Club project account. McElhaney said this helps fund eye conservation, eye surgeries, eye exams, eyeglasses, and juvenile diabetes.
McElhaney said tickets can be purchased at MySupply store in Fort Payne, but walk-ups or presold plates are the same prices, which is $8 a plate.
Prepaid plates can be picked up Saturday at the Fort Payne City Park between 11 a.m., and 3 p.m. McElhaney said walk-up customers can also purchase plates between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
McElhaney said this year the Fort Payne Lions Club will be sending two students to Camp Seale Harris. He said the club is also planning to send some students to a leadership camp at Troy University.
Among the many club projects, McElhaney said the Lions Club raises money for the Alabama Lions Sight and the Callahan Eye Clinic in Birmingham.
“Last night at our meeting we had presold 1,082 tickets,” McElhaney said. “So, we will cook probably 1,200 halves to have some for our walk-ups.”
McElhaney said the weather is predicted to be good the day of the fundraiser and the club members are hopeful to have a profitable weekend.
“As I have said, one hundred percent of the profit goes back into our funds for eye care,” McElhaney said. “It all goes right back into the community.”
McElhaney said the barbecue chicken is prepared by members of the Lions Club and some spouses.
“We get the spouses to help out on this event. However, it’s mostly Lion Club members,” he said.