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Conservation Dinner

Conservation Dinner

Conservation Dinner postponed to 2021 
Your support of conservation projects, in local communities, is still needed.

Charitable auction event postponed for first time in more than 30 years 

The committee made the decision, to postpone the Conservation Dinner until April 15, 2021, at a video conference meeting. 

The Chair of the Dinner Committee is Dave Frayne.

“It is a tough decision to postpone this wonderful event but it is the right thing to do,” he said. “More than 400 people attend the Dinner each year. It is not feasible to practise social physical distancing, at this time, with that many people. We plan to return in 2021 with another great Conservation Dinner and continue our support of needed projects in our local communities.”

The Conservation Dinner Committee will contact those who have already donated money or items in 2020 to the charitable auction. The committee hopes to carry forward 2020 donations of auction items to the rescheduled event in 2021. The Chair thanked all who have donated auction items already. The committee will also contact people who had already purchased their ticket for the Conservation Dinner. 

“We look forward to 2021 and hope we can once again share fellowship together, in support of our community, at the Conservation Dinner,” said Frayne. “I thank all the volunteers who worked so hard to prepare for the event planned for this year. I also want to thank everyone who has donated and are donating to this important community fundraiser. We look forward to welcoming you back next year.”

Donations are still needed to support community projects. If you want to donate to the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation or Exeter Lions Club, you can contact them directly.

This is the first time in the event’s three-decade history that it has been postponed to the next year. The Conservation Dinner is a partnership of Exeter Lions Club, Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation, and other community partners. It has raised more than $1.2 million for projects in local communities over 30 years.

Conservation Dinner 2021

The 31st Conservation Dinner takes place on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at South Huron Recreation Centre, 94 Victoria Street East, Exeter, Ontario.

Phone 519-235-2610 or 1-888-286-2610 or email for tickets or to find out how to donate to this worthwhile cause. Tickets sell out early so phone early.

Tickets are $85 each. Ticket purchasers receive a charitable receipt for income tax purposes for a portion of the ticket price.

Be part of a community success story! 

Support the Conservation Dinner gala charity auction and help support projects in local watershed communities.

The Conservation Dinner has raised more than $1.2 million over more than three decades thanks to donors, attendees, volunteers, and artists. 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 includes special raffles, general raffles, appetizers, wine tasting, fun and fellowship, and a wonderful meal.

The Ausable Bayfield community celebrates more than three decades of generous support of conservation projects in local communities through the Conservation Dinner gala auction.

The Conservation Dinner Committee volunteers work together all year for this charitable fundraiser hosted by the Exeter Lions Club, the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation, and local watershed communities.

The Conservation Dinner is a partnership between Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation and Exeter Lions Club. Net proceeds are split evenly between nature, recreation, and conservation projects of the Lions Club and the Foundation.

Some of the area’s finest artists – in media such as metal, ice and wood sculpture, fine art, and culinary arts – have been featured at the auction and dinner event.

Supporting projects in local communities

Local projects supported by the Conservation Dinner include parks and conservation areas; 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 such as nature day camps, Owl Prowl; and a popular, family-friendly fishing derby offering recreation and nature appreciation for youth.

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