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Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority

Conservation Dinner

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Conservation Dinner is Thursday, April 12, 2018

The 29th Conservation Dinner takes place on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at South Huron Recreation Centre, 94 Victoria Street East, Exeter, Ontario.

Ticket purchasers receive a charitable receipt for income tax purposes for a portion of that amount. It is expected that tickets will be available before the Christmas holiday season.

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 Conservation Dinner has honoured 21 local artists as feature artists over the 28-year history of the gala charitable auction event. The Dinner Committee is already at work planning ahead for the 29th Conservation Dinner in 2018. The community committee is inviting members of the public to suggest possible feature artists for next year’s gala.

This community fundraising event is organized by community volunteers, the Exeter Lions Club, and the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation. 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.

If you would like to submit a name of a possible artist for the Dinner Committee’s standing record of nominees, please email info@abca.on.ca (with ‘Feature Artist Nomination’ in the subject line) or phone 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610. You are invited to submit your suggestion for this year’s Dinner until September 15, 2017. The Dinner Committee will take all suggestions and add them to their list to assist them when selecting next year’s honoree.

“We have many talented local artists working in many different media in this area and I hope you will consider providing the Dinner Committee with names of people you think should be considered when the Committee selects the feature artist,” said Past Co-Chair Janet Clarke. “It is always exciting when the Dinner Committee announces the feature artist for a new year and the Committee is looking forward to reviewing the community’s suggestions.”

Past honorees named as Conservation Dinner feature artist include: 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).

In 2017, feature artist Iceculture Inc. created an impressive, intricate ice sculpture, with artistic representations of maple leaves and logs etched into the design. Red-iced cupcakes were incorporated into the ice sculpture.

The Conservation Dinner has raised more than $1.1 million in net proceeds for community conservation projects, since 1990, over its 28-year-history. 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.

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

Online Auction at Conservationdinner.com

The 29th Conservation Dinner is to be held on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at South Huron Recreation Centre at 94 Victoria Street East in Exeter. Tickets are usually ready for purchase as early as the Christmas season. Patrons receive a charitable gift receipt, for income tax purposes, for a portion of the ticket price.

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

Download the 2017 Conservation Dinner programme now at this link: Programme

Watch for tickets this holiday season

To get tickets for the 29th Conservaton Dinner, phone 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email info(at)abca.on.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 28 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 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).

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

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. 

Download 2016 Conservation Dinner programme now.

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.

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 410 patrons.

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.

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. 

For more information visit:

http://www.conservationdinner.com/

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.

Each year generous local businesses and individual donors provide more than 250 donations to the dinner. The gala dinner and auction sells out almost every year. There 400 people who attend each year.