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Tickets for 30th Conservation Dinner in 2019 give gift of community this Christmas season

Committee sets April 11, 2019 as date for 30th Conservation Dinner; Organizers announce tickets are now available; Volunteers invite people to buy tickets as holiday gifts 

A community committee invites people to consider giving ‘the gift of community’ this Christmas holiday season by buying tickets for the 30th Conservation Dinner. The charitable auction on April 11, 2019 will be a very special one as this local success story celebrates three decades of helping local communities, according to Co-Chairs Jim Beckett and Larry Taylor.

“If you are thinking of getting a present for the ‘person who has everything’ this year, consider giving a gift of a Conservation Dinner ticket this Christmas season,” said Taylor. “You will give someone a night of fellowship and entertainment and great food and you will also be helping programs that benefit local communities.”

To buy a ticket as a present, or for yourself, or to donate to the 2019 Conservation Dinner, visit the Ausable Bayfield Conservation office east of Exeter at 71108 Morrison Line (just south of Highway 83) or phone 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email 

The 30th Conservation Dinner takes place on April 11, 2019 at South Huron Recreation Centre at 94 Victoria Street East in Exeter. Tickets are $85 each. Patrons receive a charitable gift receipt, for income tax purposes, for a portion of that amount. 

This popular Conservation Dinner charitable fundraiser supports projects in local communities. These projects include accessible nature trails in Bayfield, Clinton, Parkhill, Lucan, Arkona, Exeter, and Varna; busing for students to experience outdoor nature education programs; a $1,000 student environmental bursary benefitting students in local communities; a summer job at Ausable Bayfield Conservation for a senior secondary school student; turtle monitoring and events in Port Franks and Ailsa Craig; aquatic habitat studies in Old Ausable Channel at Grand Bend; and other projects like nature day camps, fishing derby and Owl Prowl, and parks and conservation areas.

This dinner and auction was started in 1990 and the Exeter Lions Club joined as co-partner in 1991. The net profits are split 50-50 between community conservation projects of the Foundation and community conservation projects of the Exeter Lions Club and has raised more than $1.1 million over 29 years. The annual charitable event features live and silent auctions of art and other distinctive items including travel packages and sports and entertainment memorabilia. The Dinner also includes special raffles, general raffles, appetizers, wine tasting, fun and fellowship, and a wonderful meal.

The Conservation Dinner Committee thanks all the creative people who have been feature artists over the year in media ranging from paintings to ice sculptures to metal art to culinary arts to other creative disciplines.

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