Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority

Tickets available for Dinner

Conservation Dinner Committee invites public to give ‘gift of community’ by buying tickets this holiday season

Committee announces tickets available for 29th Conservation Dinner on April 12, 2018 

The committee organizing the 2018 Conservation Dinner gala charitable auction says tickets are now available in time for the Christmas season. The volunteers on the committee invite you to ‘give the gift of community’ by buying a Conservation Dinner ticket as a gift this holiday season. 

“Giving Conservation Dinner tickets is a present that is fun and exciting for the person receiving the gift and it is also a way to give back to your community,” said Co-Chair Jim Beckett. 

The 29th Conservation Dinner takes place on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at South Huron Recreation Centre, 94 Victoria Street East, Exeter, Ontario. Tickets are $75 each. Ticket purchasers receive a charitable receipt for income tax purposes for a portion of that amount. To buy a ticket or to donate to the 2018 Conservation Dinner, visit the Ausable Bayfield Conservation office east of Exeter at 71108 Morrison Line (just south of Highway 83) or phone 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email

“Ticket sales help to support community parks and accessible trails, the Jones Bridge pedestrian trail bridge project, outdoor recreation and education in local communities, commemorative woods, job experience opportunities for young people, and other community conservation projects,” said Co-Chair Larry Taylor. 

People can also support local community projects this holiday season by purchasing art and other items available on the online auction page at Fine art available for purchase on the page include a framed Edward C. Schaefer print of a John Deere Model A; framed photography by Janette Baillie; a framed print of Paul Gaugin’s Night Café at Arles; as well as limited-edition prints by artists including Tom Forrestall; Elisabeth Tonner-Keats; and Leonard Skinner. Other items include original historic maps by cartographers such as Chatelain and Bonne. 

The Conservation Dinner has been a success in supporting local projects throughout local communities of the Ausable Bayfield watersheds in an area stretching from Port Franks, Grand Bend, and Arkona areas in the south to Clinton, Bayfield, Zurich, and Seaforth areas in the north – and all points in between.

The support of donors, patrons and guests, local businesses, artists, and volunteers has helped this charitable event raise more than $1.1 million over the past 28 years for community projects. The 2017 Dinner raised about $60,000 in net proceeds for community improvements such as parks, accessible trails, and nature education and recreation in local communities.

This dinner and auction was started in 1990 and 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. 

Celebrities from the world of business, entertainment, sports, journalism, and science have served as emcees and special guests and some of the area’s finest artists – in media such as metal, ice and wood sculpture and fine art and culinary arts – have been featured at the auction and dinner event.

The annual charitable gala features live and silent auctions of art and other distinctive items including travel packages and sports and entertainment memorabilia. The event also includes special raffles, general raffles, appetizers, wine tasting, fun and fellowship, and a wonderful meal.

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