Groups unite to restore park


It was not enough water last summer and too much water this spring that has had a direct impact on Lions Park.

Because of extreme heat and drought, last year’s 4th of July Celebration was cancelled, and recently, the epic flood brought damage the park hasn’t seen in more than 50 years. As the rebuilding continues, three Zionsville groups are uniting to raise money to restore the park – The Lions Club, the Alpha Leo Lions, and the Little League.

“We are all working together for the common cause of preserving the park,” Steve Gayheart, Lions Club 4th of July Celebration co-chair, said.

Together they are sponsoring the annual 4th of July raffle ticket fundraiser with proceeds going directly to the Help Restore our Park campaign. These funds will be used to replace a majority of the electrical system, the PA system, and a John Deere Gator which did not survive the flood. This fundraiser is especially critical this year with the loss of funds from the canceled 4th of July event last year compounded by unexpected flood damage expenses this year.

“We hope to raise $25,000 with the raffle and donations,” Gayheart said. “The raffle has evolved from a side of beef to a cash prize to this year the Ultimate Grilling Experience.”

Raffle tickets go on sale June 1 at Akard’s True Value Hardware, Eagle Creek Coffee Co., and Lions Park. They will also be on sale at the Farmers Market on June 22 and will be available at Akard’s throughout the month of June.

The first prize is an Ultimate Grilling experience valued at more than $1,000 complete with a Lions chef for the night, a choice between two grills from Akard’s, wine and food items from The Grapevine Cottage, and food provided by Marsh Supermarket. Cash prizes will be awarded for second and third place. Tickets are $5 each or a book of five for $20.

For questions or to purchase tickets, contact Steve Gayheart at 630-222-7134 or Kenny Caldwell at 873-2794. The winner will be announced at the 4th of July Celebration in Lions Park.



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