Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority

Dinner Early Bird Prize Draw

imageDonna Jones wins $100 in gift cards

Conservation Dinner Committee draws name of Donna Jones, of Exeter, as Early Bird Prize Winner for 2018

Exeter woman wins $100 in gift cards from MacEwen Petroleum Inc.

The Conservation Dinner Committee has drawn the winning name from early purchasers of tickets to the gala charitable fundraising auction. Dinner Committee Co-Chair Larry Taylor drew the name of Donna Jones, of Exeter, as the 2018 winner. She is the winner of $100 in gift cards from MacEwen Petroleum Inc. “We would like to thank Donna for purchasing her Conservation Dinner ticket early and we congratulate her on being winner of this great prize,” said Taylor. “Larry and I and the Dinner Committee would also like to thank MacEwen Petroleum Inc. for donating the prize,” said Jim Beckett, Co-Chair.

There are only a few tickets still available, at the time of this release, for the Conservation Dinner. The annual charitable gala features live and silent auctions of art and other distinctive items including travel packages; sports and entertainment memorabilia; jewellery and more. The event also includes special raffles, general raffles, appetizers, wine tasting, fun and fellowship and a wonderful meal. D. L. Creations, of Bayfield, has been named as the 2018 feature artist.

The 2018 Conservation Dinner features a number of valuable items for bidding in the Silent, Super Silent, and Live auctions. Some of the amazing items for bidding this year include a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey (#1) signed by the late, great Johnny Bower; a VIA Rail Canada trip (Travel Voucher for Two from London to Halifax, Economy Class between London and Montreal, connecting to a Cabin for Two between Montreal and Halifax); the last year of the coveted ‘behind-home-plate’ baseball ticket package for two exceptional Dugout Box 47 tickets to see the Toronto Blue Jays play the Boston Red Sox at legendary Fenway Stadium on Thursday July 12, 2018 (Row A1, Seats 1 and 2) – with a value of at least $619 per ticket alone – plus historic Stadium Tour included and ‘your name in lights’; and beautiful, whimsical, heart-grabbing, full-colour art (featuring cameos by local people) by internationally acclaimed artist Randy Jones of the planned Jones Bridge pedestrian trail bridge; and many more!

The 29th Conservation Dinner takes place on April 12, 2018 at South Huron Recreation Centre at 94 Victoria Street East in Exeter. If you would like to buy a ticket for this year’s gala charitable auction and dinner, please phone 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 to find out if tickets are still available or to get on a waiting list. Tickets are $75 each. Patrons receive a charitable gift receipt, for income tax purposes, for a portion of that amount. 

The Conservation Dinner funds projects in local communities stretching from Arkona and Ailsa Craig in the south to Bayfield and area in the north and all points in between. The Exeter Lions Club and the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation have worked together on this community fundraiser for close to three decades. Net proceeds are split evenly between local conservation projects of the Lions Club and the Foundation. This community event has raised more than $1.1 million in net proceeds for projects benefitting people in communities of this area, thanks to donors and businesses; patrons and guests; and volunteers and artists. Visit or to find out more.

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