Conservation Dinner Online Auction Returns 2022

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EXETER – The Conservation Dinner Committee is bringing back the online auction for the second straight year.

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The charitable fundraiser made its first virtual debut in 2021 and was a success in raising $40,000 for conservation projects in local communities. According to a press release, the committee has decided to return to the online format for 2022. The 2022 #VirtualConservationDinner online auction is scheduled to start on Thursday, March 31st and end at 9pm on Thursday, April 7th

For more information, visit abca.ca and Conservationdinner.com or call 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610.

Dave Frayne chairs the Conservation Dinner Committee. He says the committee had hoped to hold the dinner and auction in person this year, but during the current pandemic there is uncertainty as to whether a large in-person event could be held in April. He says the committee unanimously decided it was prudent to return to the online auction format for 2022.

“We were so pleased with the community support for our first online auction last year and we hope donors and bidders will be just as generous in 2022,” he said. “We’ve been looking forward to meeting in person, but as we don’t know how things will look in April, it’s safer to come together virtually this year to support projects in our local communities.”

The Conservation Dinner is a partnership between the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation and the Exeter Lions Club. This charitable fundraising dinner and auction event was established in 1990. Net profits are shared equally between Foundation community conservation projects and Exeter Lions Club community conservation projects. The event has raised more than $1.255 million for the community over more than 30 years.

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Even when large in-person events aren’t possible, the need to raise funds remains, according to the dinner committee chair. The Conservation Dinner fundraiser supports needed projects by Exeter Lions Club and the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation in local communities.

Exeter Lions Club has been a Conservation Dinner partner for more than three decades. Founded in 1937, the Exeter Lions Club is part of the world’s largest and most active charity. It is a group of service-minded men and women who have come together to do things that cannot be done by individuals working alone. The club has been active in raising funds for projects including the development and maintenance of the South Huron Trail, MacNaughton Park, and other conservation and conservation projects. These are just some of the examples of their service in action.

Projects supported by the dinner include the Lions Club community effort and the Conservation Foundation community effort. These projects supported by auction sponsors and donors and bidders and volunteers are numerous. These include parks and nature reserves; accessible nature trails in Bayfield, Clinton, Parkhill, Lucan, Arkona, Exeter and Varna; outdoor nature education; a $1,000 environmental grant for students in local communities; a summer job at Ausable Bayfield Conservation for a senior; turtle monitoring in Port Franks and Ailsa Craig; aquatic habitat studies in the Old Ausable Channel at Grand Bend; and more.

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Exeter Lions Club plan to stage the popular 50-50 draw for the fourth time in 2022. If tickets are available for this fundraiser, the website link to purchase tickets online will be posted at: conservationdinner.com/50-50/ . The draw had a record prize of $6,300 in 2021.

Last year, for the first time, the Dinner Committee partnered with participating local restaurants Food for your community Effort. Families were able to buy their own “conservation meals” from participating restaurants during the auction week. This enabled them to support community projects and their local businesses. The organizers hope to revive this culinary endeavor for 2022. The committee invites local restaurants to participate. (To learn Food for your community and to watch for restaurant partner visits in 2022 www.conservationdinner.com/restaurants/ )

Last year, for the first time, the Dinner Committee hosted two live TV broadcasts to kick off and close the auction week. The committee plans to bring back these popular livestream shows in 2022. For details see conservationdinner.com/livestream/ . The broadcasts are scheduled for Thursday, March 31, 7 p.m. and Thursday, April 7, 7 p.m. (last day of the auction week).

To learn more about the online auction, visit haltungsdinner.com/online-auctions/ . A link to the online auction will be posted on this page when the online auction opens on March 31st.

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