Elk Grove News

Elk Grove bands together to help the Lions Club

The Elk Grove Lions Club will get a helping hand Friday from the community it serves at a benefit in its honor.

Thieves in January stole the Lions’ cooking equipment, taking with it gear that the volunteer club has used for its many barbecues, pancake breakfasts, spaghetti and crab feeds, which for years supported the city’s schools, nonprofits and senior center. Police estimated the loss at $12,000.

Friday’s fundraiser, scheduled from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at The Falls Event Center, 8280 Elk Grove Blvd., and hosted by Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis and event planner and Lions member Teresa Rodriguez, will include music, dinner and a raffle with proceeds going to the club. Admission is $25 per person. Tickets are limited.

Davis, in a statement, asked Elk Grove residents to “come together to help replace the much needed equipment stolen from a club that serves our entire city.”

Rodriguez said she has been heartened by the community’s support. Local businesses have donated food, beverages and advertising, and tickets have sold quickly for the event, she said.

“The response has been tremendous,” Rodriguez said. “Elk Grove is still considered a small town. It’s a warm, fuzzy feeling to see people come together.”

For more information, call Rodriguez at (916) 606-3905 or email ttmrodriguez@gmail.com

Call The Bee’s Darrell Smith, (916) 321-1040.