June 1, 2019
Friday Harbor Bike Fest benefits The San Juan Island Lion’s Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity affiliated with Lions Club International, the largest service organization in the world. The proceeds from this event will go to good use funding the local club’s varied programs. Whether you are a business or an individual, we hope that you will considering sponsoring this event.
In the last 15 years, The San Juan Island Lion’s Foundation has given over $250,000 to the community and, through Lions Club International, the world. The club members also donate their time on many of the Foundation’s charitable projects. This Foundation embodies the Lions Club motto, “We Serve!” Here is a sampling of the donations that the Foundation has made in the last 15 years:
The club has a busy fund-raising schedule. It sells food at the Fourth of July Parade, and beer and drinks at the San Juan County Fair. It raffles a grocery shopping spree every year. In many of those years, the winner donated the winnings to the Food Bank. The affiliated San Juan Island Leos Club, made up of high school students at Friday Harbor High School, engages in several fund-raising projects throughout the year culminating in the “golf scramble” near the end of the school year.
The San Juan Lion’s Club was chartered on December 8, 1962. A few of the charter members are still members today! The charter extravaganza was attended by hundreds of Lions from all over the region, including from Canada, coming to San Juan Island by ferry.
The event was held at the Friday Harbor High School gymnasium, which was packed. The new club was presented with Lions Club paraphernalia, flags, podium, banner, gavel etc. Included was a small, real life pig, which was presented to our club by Canadians to replace the one shot in the Pig War. The pig was later auctioned off to add to the treasury of the new club.
Much of the proceeds from Friday Harbor Bike Fest will come from sponsors of the event. In addition to funding a good cause, business sponsors receive advertising placement. These benefits are described here.
Individuals can also sponsor Friday Harbor Bike Fest through the website. Simply go to the registration page.
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