Conservation Dinner Save the Date!
Conservation Dinner Committee sets April 7, 2022 as date for local fundraiser next year
Committee asks you to put date in your calendars, watch for more information in new year on event
The Conservation Dinner Committee held the community fundraiser as an online event, in 2021, for the first time. The Dinner Committee hopes guests will be able to gather in person again in 2022. The Conservation Dinner has supported projects in local communities for more than 30 years.
The Dinner Committee has scheduled the fundraising event for Thursday, April 7, 2022. The committee invites you to mark this date in your calendar and to watch for more information in the new year.
The Chair of the Conservation Dinner Committee is Dave Frayne.
“We encourage people to put the April 7, 2022 date in their calendars,” he said. “We will work towards an in-person gathering,” he said. “We also want to keep everyone safe so we will follow public health and municipal direction and have the Dinner in person only if and when it is safe to do so.”
The 2021 #VirtualConservationDinner was a success, Frayne said, having raised $40,000 for conservation programs in the community. He said the Committee is looking forward to the prospect of fundraising and fellowship together in person in 2022. There is a continued need to raise funds for community projects of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation and Exeter Lions Club, the Dinner Chair said.
“We encourage people to donate to the work of the Dinner,” he said. “The Conservation Dinner supports parks and trails and conservation areas; conservation education for local youth; job experience and bursary programs for youth; turtle habitat and much more.” Personal donations made now, this year, can be made and charitable gift receipts for income tax purposes provided for the 2021 tax year.
The 2022 Conservation Dinner is scheduled to take place on April 7, 2021 at South Huron Recreation Centre at 94 Victoria Street East in Exeter. Holding the event in person will require pandemic adaptations and it will depend on the status of public health rules in 2022 and will also depend on municipal rules at that time. The Dinner Committee will post information at conservationdinner.com and abca.ca in the new year, closer to the date, as more details are confirmed.
The Conservation Dinner 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.
This dinner and auction started in 1990. 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. The event has raised more than $1.255 million over more than 30 years. The annual charitable event features 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.
You may find out more at abca.ca and conservationdinner.com or phone 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.
This image shows Conservation Dinner programme covers between 2005 and 2019: