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Lions Club chicken dinner raises $2,268 for charities

Mary Beard arrived at Queen of Angels Catholic Church before dawn Friday.

As project chairman for the Thomson Camellia City Lions Club annual barbecue chicken fundraiser, she had a long day ahead of her.

She and other club members packaged 324 presold chicken dinners along with potato salad, pickles, sauce, bread and dessert. Club members baked cakes. Neal's Bar-B-Que cooked the chicken. Thomson businesses donated money and products.

Despite the work, she had a sense of humor.

"I'm the tail twister, and I have to make people laugh," said Beard, wearing a yellow bandanna.

The project raised $2,268, which will support Emory Children's Eye Care Center, Georgia Lions Lighthouse, Leader Dogs for the Blind, Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind, Georgia Eye Research and Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic. The club also repairs and sends used glasses to foreign countries.

The Camellia City Lions Club also provides free eye exams and glasses for Thomson residents unable to afford them, Beard said.

"It's important we do things in the community," she said.

Club members delivered about half of the dinners to Thomson schools and businesses. Thomson High School teachers purchased 30.

Extra potato salad sold for $1 a quart, and pickles from a secret recipe by Beard sold for $10 a gallon.

Web posted on Thursday, March 10, 2011

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