Lion Phil Norris presents the $1,000 travel voucher to George Lawrence during the Flight Night Fundraiser March 3 hosted by the Sylvan Lake & District Lions Club. The fundraiser raised enough funds to sponsor five local children to attend Camp HeHoHa this summer. Photo submitted

Lion’s Club Flight Night to send five people to Camp HeHoHa

The fundraiser raised over $3,000 to send children to camp

Despite the cold and the snow, the Sylvan Lake Family and Community Centre was packed as many locals attended the Lion’s Club’s annual Flight Night.

The goal of the March 3 fundraiser was to raise enough to send local children with mental and/or physical disabilities to Camp HeHoHa.

The camp, whose name stands for health, hope and happiness, has been the recipient of this fundraiser for many years.

Camp HeHoHa is situated on Lake Isle in northern Alberta, with camps for both adults and seniors.

Phil Norris, a Lion’s Club member for the last 25 years, says the fundraiser doesn’t have a specific goal in mind. Instead they get together to raise as much money as possible to send as many children as possible to this camp.

“It is really a great camp, and it means so much to them to have the opportunity to have a great camp experience,” Norris said.

This year’s fundraiser raised enough money to send five local children to Camp HeHoHa this summer.

One camp session costs roughly $650 per camper.

The fundraiser wasn’t the only part of the night. The main attraction was the travel voucher up for grabs.

George Lawrence was the lucky winner of the $1,000 travel voucher, which can be put towards any trip, and the users discretion.

The theme of the evening, Las Vegas, had people dressing up in all sorts of costumes. Some, like Lawrence, went in on a group costume. Lawrence’s group went to the event as each suit of aces.

The event also featured a buffet style supper from Bob Ronnie Catering, from Ponoka, as well as the musical styling’s of the Canmore band Suzie Q.

“They are a great band and have been playing for us for many years now,” said Norris.

The annual fundraiser has been held in Sylvan Lake for many years. Norris says the fundraiser predates his 25 years of involvement.

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Phil Norris acts as the master of ceremonies during the March 3 Flight Night fundraiser. Photo by Megan Roth/Sylvan Lake News

The Las Vegas theme of the fundraiser had a lot of glits and glam as many of the attendees took the chance to dress to the nines. Some chose to dress in costumes, such as tourists or playing cards. Photo by Megan Roth/Sylvan Lake News

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