Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority

Conservation Dinner

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About the Conservation Dinner

The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation, the Exeter Lions Club, and other community volunteers on the Dinner Committee have started to prepare for the 30th Conservation Dinner gala charitable auction in 2019.

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

Donors, patrons and guests, local businesses, artists, and volunteers have helped this charitable event raise more than $1.1 million in net proceeds over the past 29 years, since 1990, for community projects. 

Each year the Dinner Committee collects more than 250 donations from generous local businesses and individual donors.

The gala dinner and auction sells out almost every year, attracting 400 patrons.

Net proceeds are split evenly between the Exeter Lions Club and the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation to support parks and recreation; nature education; accessible trails; youth programs including bursary awards and job opportunities; and other local community conservation projects.

The Conservation Dinner began in 1990. The Exeter Lions Club and the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation have been joint partners on the event since 1991 and net proceeds are split evenly between community conservation projects of the Foundation and the Exeter Lions Club. 

Past Conservation Dinners have supported building and maintaining accessible trails at Morrison Dam, Rock Glen and Bannockburn conservation areas, construction of a viewing platform, boat launch, fishing dock, parking lot, and support for outdoor conservaton education programs throughout the watershed.

Donate or buy tickets

Contact us for tickets or to become a donor and/or patron by phoning 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or e-mail us through our contact form or or write to ABCF, 71108 Morrison Line, RR 3 Exeter, ON N0M 1S5. 

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Dinner Programme

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Feature Artists

Past honorees named as Conservation Dinner feature artist include: David Loerchner, D. L. Creations (2018); Iceculture Inc. (2017); Jim Dawe, Murals in Metal (2016); James Eddington, Culinary Feature Artist (2015); Tammy Laye (2014; 1990-1995); Madeleine Roske (2013); Martin Zimmer (2012); Catherine Weber (2011); Fran Roelands (2010); Bill Nieuwland (2009); David Bannister (2008); the late Tim Clark (2007 and 1997); Teresa Marie (2006); Rae Ann Ladouceur (2005); Elisabeth Tonner-Keats (2004); Randy Jones (2003); Fred Negrijn (2002); Ken Jackson (2001); Kent Wilkens (2000); Barry Richman (1999); Flora Doerr (1998); and Peter Etril Snyder (1996).

Featured art at gala charitable auction has ranged from ice, metal, and wood sculptures, to fine art, to culinary art; community committee invites people to suggest artists they feel should be considered

The featured art at the auction has ranged from culinary art, to sculptures made of ice, wood, or metal, to fine art such as paintings. The Dinner Committee has selected the feature art and feature artist each year. The community members on the committee, at the most recent organizational meeting, decided it would be a great idea to invite citizens to suggest artists whom they think would be worthy of consideration next year or in future years.

Past Chairs

The past Chairs of the Conservation Dinner Committee have been: Charles Corbett (1990); Carolyn Bradford (1991); Tom Hartai and Mac MacDougall (1992); Sharon Romphf (1993); Peter Raymond (1994); Cathy Pfaff (1995); George Godbolt (1996; 1998; 2000; 2002); Fred Dobbs (1997); Tom Tomes (1999); Dave McClure (2001); Gord Strang (2003); Teresa Ondrejicka (2004; 2010); Rob Reid (2005); Ernie Miatello (2006; 2007); Bob Gehan (2008; 2009; 2011); Bob Radtke (2012); Bob Laye (2013); Janet Clarke (2014); Paul Anstett (2015; 2016); Mary Ryan-Allen and Janet Clarke (2017); Larry Taylor and Jim Beckett (2018).

Online Auction

To support these community projects by bidding online now, visit this link:

For more information on the Conservation Dinner visit conservationdinner.com or abca.ca.

Click on the News and Events Link for news item about the Conservation Dinner.

A partnership

The committee chairmanship rotates each year between Exeter Lions Club, Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation, and other community volunteers on the committee.

In 29 years of fundraising dinners, this charitable event has raised more than $1.1 million for community parks, accessible trails and conservation areas, recreation and education and job experience opportunities for young people, nature areas and commemorative woods, and other community projects of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation and the Exeter Lions Club.

The Conservation Dinner features a live auction, silent auction, Super Silent Auction, general raffles, special raffles, and feature art from a feature artist. 

The Dinner has become a community success story thanks to donors, patrons and guests, and artists and volunteers. The charitable fundraiser supports community improvements such as parks, accessible trails, nature education and recreation for all ages, and more. The Dinner Committee includes the Exeter Lions Club, Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation, and other community members. For more information visit abca.on.ca or conservationdinner.com. 

The charitable gala supports accessible trails, conservation areas, and parks; outdoor nature education for children and youth; commemorative woods to remember loved ones and improve forest conditions; recreation through fish stocking and a family-friendly fishing derby for the young and the young at heart; and more.

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 a special raffle and general raffle. There are many ways to win!

The Conservation Dinner is a charitable community event of the Exeter Lions Club and the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation.

This dinner and auction was started in 1990 and the Exeter Lions Club joined as co-partner in 1991. The net profits are shared 50:50 with the Exeter Lions Club.

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 a special raffle and general raffle. There are many ways to win. 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 conservation projects of the Foundation and conservation projects of the Exeter Lions Club.

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 throughout the watershed and community conservation projects of the Exeter Lions Club. 

The 2018 Dinner raised funds for community projects such as parks and accessible trails, commemorative woods, the Jones Bridge pedestrian bridge project on the South Huron Trail, and outdoor nature education and recreation in local communities.

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.

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.

Special Guests

Special guests and emcees played an important role at Dinners for a number of years.

The Conservation Dinner gala charitable auction fundraiser has been pleased to welcome special guests and emcees over the years. A special guest is not selected every year but an emcee or special guest was selected for many years.
 
Special Guests have included:
 
2015 – Bob Tanner, Lions Club Multiple District A Council Chair
2014 – Charles Corbett (Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation) and John Norris (Exeter Lions Club), Honourary Chairs
2013 – Peter Smith, Acting Artistic Director, Blyth Festival
2012 – Doug Brooks, CEO of Certified General Accountants of Ontario
2011 – Terry O’Rourke, parent of a modern-day Canadian veteran
2010 – Kristylee Varley, radio broadcaster and volunteer with Canadian Aid for Southern Sudan
2009 – John A. MacNaughton, Canadian business leader and Order of Canada recipient
2008 – Scott Miller, Television broadcaster
2007 – John Davidson, Founder of Jesse’s Journey
2006 – Randy Tieman, CTV sportscaster
2005 – Nick Paparella, Television journalist
2004 – Kate Young, Former television anchor
2003 – Stephanie Mandziuk, Print and broadcast journalist
2002 – Bill Brady, Radio host and newspaper columnist
2001 – Suzy Burge, TV weather forecaster
2000 – Gordon Cudmore, London lawyer
1999 – Hugh Filson, Auctioneer
1998 – Jack Riddell, Former Ontario Minister of Agriculture
1997 – Peter Garland, Radio host
1996 – Jay Campbell, Television broadcaster and meteorologist
1995 – Cliff Maxwell, St. Thomas businessperson and musician
1994 – Jay Campbell, Television broadcaster and meteorologist
1993 – Bob Heywood, Auctioneer
1992 – Jack Riddell, Former Ontario Minister of Agriculture
1991 – Bruce Murray, humourist
1990 – Bill Lanouette, of Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
 
The charity gala dinner and auction has featured more than 20 special guests (emcees/hosts) since it began in 1990.

 

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