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Conservation Dinner

The Conservation Dinner is online this year (2021)!

Get your 50-50 raffle draw ticket now, online, from the Exeter Lions Club:

Bid online, between April 15 and Earth Day (April 22), 2021. Visit the online auction at conservationdinner.com:

'Dine for your community' with special take-out entreés on specified dates ... a deliciious way to support your community:

At 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 15 and at 7 p.m. on Earth Day (Thursday, April 22) be sure to watch our livestream broadcasts on TV and social media:

Virtual Conservation Dinner in the News

Get your 50-50 raffle draw ticket.

Exeter Lions Club brings back 50-50 draw for third year
Winning ticket to be drawn on April 22, 2021 during April 15-22 online auction; You may buy your 50-50 ticket through Lions Club web page

The Exeter Lions Club held its first 50-50 draw, for community projects supported by the Conservation Dinner, in 2019. The Dinner and Auction is online this year (2021) but the Lions Club is bringing back the 50-50 draw for the third year. The winner will be drawn, virtually, on April 22, 2021 (Earth Day) at 7 p.m.

You can buy ten tickets for $10; 60 tickets for $20; or 200 tickets for only $50. You can purchase the tickets online, easily and safely, through the Exeter Lions Club 50-50 draw web page at ExeterLions5050.com. Tickets are all sold electronically through the website and tickets are emailed to the buyer once purchased.

Buying a 50-50 ticket online is a way to support community projects while still practicing safe social distancing. “We are proud to be able to support needed community projects through the 50-50 draw,” said Mark Keller, President of the Exeter Lions Club. “This is just one of the ways the Exeter Lions Club helps our local community,” he said. “It’s really a win-win when people have a chance to win a big prize and are able to help their community all at the same time.”

Organizers say supporting the 50-50 draw is a great way to support local community projects even when some live events are postponed until next year. Virtual Conservation Dinner Committee Chair Dave Frayne thanks the Exeter Lions Club for bringing back this additional way to support parks and recreation and conservation projects in the community.

“The Lions Club has been Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation’s partner on the Conservation Dinner for 30 years and even though the Dinner and Auction event is online this year, the Exeter Lions are finding ways, like the 50-50 raffle draw, to support their community.”

The Conservation Dinner is online this year as a #VirtualConservationDinner. This fundraiser is a community success story that has raised more than $1.2 million in net proceeds in support of parks and recreation, trails, family-friendly fishing derby, nature education, and other projects in local communities in an area from Exeter to Port Franks to Bayfield and all points in between. Visit conservationdinner.com and the online auction web page at https://conservationdinner.com/online-auctions/ for the Virtual Conservation Dinner online auction with bidding between April 15 and 22. The draw of the 50-50 winner is to be shared on April 22 during the last day of the online bidding period.

The Virtual Conservation Dinner Committee encourages you to bid, between April 15 and 22, at the first #virtualconservationdinner online auction. The organizers say it’s a chance to get some amazing items and experiences and to support projects in your local communities. Visit conservationdinner.com/online-auctions to find out more.

Bid online between April 15-22, 2021.

Bid on great auction items and support your community in online auction April 15-22

The #VirtualConservationDinner Committee invites the public bid on great items at the online auction

Visit conservationdinner.com and abca.ca to find out more about the online auction. 

The online auction offers a chance to “get some great deals, amazing items and experiences, and support your local community.”

This fundraiser supports projects in local communities. Projects include parks and conservation areas; accessible nature trails in Bayfield, Clinton, Parkhill, Lucan, Arkona, Exeter, and Varna; outdoor nature education; a $1,000 student environmental bursary for students in local communities; a summer job at Ausable Bayfield Conservation for a senior secondary school student; turtle monitoring in Port Franks and Ailsa Craig; aquatic habitat studies in Old Ausable Channel at Grand Bend; and other projects.

Support participating restaurants by ordering special meals on special dates in support of local community projects.

Participating local restaurants support Virtual Conservation Dinner by donating some proceeds to local community projects
Virtual Conservation Dinner and Online Auction Committee invites public to support participating local restaurants and support community conservation projects at same time in April 2021 

The Conservation Dinner auction event is online this year (2021) but people can still enjoy fine dining while supporting their community this year. Some participating local restaurants are donating some proceeds from special entreés during specific dates in April. The Conservation Dinner has created a new web page at conservationdinner.com to list the restaurants which are offering these special fundraising meals. Visit conservationdinner.com/restaurants for the participating restaurants so far. The Dinner Committee is asking you to ‘dine for your community’ in order to ‘support local projects one meal at a time.’ 

More restaurants are expected to join the campaign in time for the April 15-22 online bidding period for this year’s Dinner, which is online for the first time. 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. This year, because it’s not safe to have a large in-person event, the committee is hosting an online auction and is inviting people to consider purchases of these special dinners, whether take-out or dine-in, at the participating restaurants.

Dave Frayne is Chair of the Virtual Conservation Dinner and Online Auction Committee. He says people can support conservation projects by bidding on the online auction between April 15 and 22. They can also support local conservation through purchase of these special restaurant ‘conservation dinners.’

“I would like to thank the restaurants which have generously offered to take part and I invite other restaurants to take part as well,” the Chair says. “This is a way people can support their local restaurants and also support projects in their community.”  

The Committee invites the public to order these special meals and take them home to enjoy their home-version ‘Conservation Dinner’ while bidding on great items at the online auction. Visit conservationdinner.com and abca.ca to find out more about the online auction, the #VirtualConservationDinner entrees and other ways to support your community. The online auction offers a chance to “get some great deals, amazing items and experiences, and support your local community.”

This fundraiser supports projects in local communities. Projects include parks and conservation areas; accessible nature trails in Bayfield, Clinton, Parkhill, Lucan, Arkona, Exeter, and Varna; outdoor nature education; a $1,000 student environmental bursary for students in local communities; a summer job at Ausable Bayfield Conservation for a senior secondary school student; turtle monitoring in Port Franks and Ailsa Craig; aquatic habitat studies in Old Ausable Channel at Grand Bend; and other projects.

Watch TV shows on April 15 and 22.

Livestream online and TV broadcasts to take place on first and last day of online auction bidding 
Conservation Dinner is online this year, with week-long auction bidding beginning on April 15 and continuing until Earth Day (April 22); Two one-hour livestream broadcasts are online, TV on first and last day of bidding

Each year for 30 years, more than 400 people gathered in person to support their community at the gala Conservation Dinner auction event. In 2021, the Conservation Dinner is an online event. Hundreds of people can’t be in the same room this year but there are still fun ways to enjoy the festivities and support conservation projects in your local communities.

The #VirtualConservationDinner online auction runs for one week, from April 15 until Earth Day (April 22). This year, the Conservation Dinner Committee is to host a one-hour livestream online and TV broadcast at 7 p.m. on the first day (April 15) of the online auction and another at 7 p.m. on the last day (April 22) of online bidding. To watch the livestream broadcasts, visit the new livestream page at https://conservationdinner.com/livestream/.

These one-hour simulcast TV shows are to be broadcast on social media. Thanks to our community-minded cable television stations at Hay Channel One; HuronTel Channel One; and TCC Channel One for broadcasting the #VirtualConservationDinner livestream TV and social media broadcasts at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 15, 2021 and at 7 p.m. on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, 2021.

Dave Frayne is Chair of the Virtual Conservation Dinner and Online Auction Committee. He invites people to bid on items during the online auction week and he also invites people to tune into the livestream broadcasts on the first and last days of the bidding week. 

“Whether watching the livestreams on TV or on another device, these livestream programs are a way to find out about this community fundraiser and the great auction items and it’s also a way to find out about the importance of this work for the community.”

To bid on the many wonderful online auction items, during the April 15-22 bidding week, visit the online auction page at: https://conservationdinner.com/online-auctions/ 

Other ways to support the Virtual Conservation Dinner, of the Exeter Lions Club and Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation, include direct donations; purchase online of 50-50 raffle draw tickets at ExeterLions5050.com (with the prize growing every day); and purchasing special take-out meal entrées during specified dates as part of ‘dining for your community.’ To find out more, visit conservationdinner.com.

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. 

This fundraising event supports projects in local communities. Projects include parks and conservation areas; accessible nature trails in Bayfield, Clinton, Parkhill, Lucan, Arkona, Exeter, and Varna; outdoor nature education; a $1,000 student environmental bursary for students in local communities; a summer job at Ausable Bayfield Conservation for a senior secondary school student; turtle monitoring in Port Franks and Ailsa Craig; aquatic habitat studies in Old Ausable Channel at Grand Bend; and other projects.

Conservation Dinner committee plans new ways to fundraise, in 2021, including online auction

Support for community conservation projects is still needed but committee developing innovative ways to fundraise in place of in-person dinner; Conservation Dinner public event is cancelled for 2021 but online auction, other fundraising activities to replace dinner event during pandemic 

The Conservation Dinner Committee is asking for public support of community conservation projects in 2021. The committee has met by video conference to develop innovative new fundraising ideas, including an online auction, to replace – for 2021 – the in-person dinner and auction event. The committee has cancelled an in-person dinner for 2021 and postponed it until 2022. The committee will host an online auction and other fundraising events in 2021, as alternatives, to make it possible to support needed community conservation projects. 

Dinner Committee Chair Dave Frayne said it’s disappointing not to have the fellowship of a dinner in person this upcoming year but he said the committee is excited to develop other ways to engage the community and support projects in the community. “The Conservation Dinner has been a wonderful event for 30 years but it is the right thing to do to postpone the 2021 event and replace it with other ways for people to be part of this community enhancement effort,” he said. 

When the Conservation Dinner is held in person there are more than 400 people present so that is not appropriate during a pandemic, he said. That’s why the committee is strategizing other ways for community members to join an auction event ‘virtually’ through an online auction with bidding from April 15 to April 22 (Earth Day). The committee also hopes to announce other engaging fundraising activities to take place during the 2021 year including a 50-50 draw, on April 15, in support of community conservation projects of the Exeter Lions Club and Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation. Other planned activities include special take-out ‘conservation dinners,’ at participating local restaurants, in support of needed community conservation projects.

The Conservation Dinner fundraising initiative supports projects in local communities. Projects include parks and conservation areas; accessible nature trails in Bayfield, Clinton, Parkhill, Lucan, Arkona, Exeter, and Varna; 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 in Port Franks and Ailsa Craig; aquatic habitat studies in Old Ausable Channel at Grand Bend; and other projects.
Organizers say they hope the Conservation Dinner in-person event will return in 2022 when it is safe to do so.

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. To receive announcements of new fundraising activities, to replace the Dinner in 2021, visit conservationdinner.com and abca.ca.

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.

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.

To find out more visit: Conservation Dinner

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