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Lions Clubs work together to send band to Rose Bowl

MILLERSPORT – The Lions Club Foundation, including the Millersport Lions Club is raising $80,000 to send the Ohio State School for the Blind Marching Band to march in the 2010 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.

Millersport Lion Rondia Sexton said the more than 460 Lions Clubs within the foundation each need to raise about $200 each by June to turn the dream into a reality.

The Millersport Lions Club is doing its share by hosting Breakfast with the Easter Bunny Saturday, April 4, 8 a.m. to noon, and the Pasadena Pasta Dinner and Silent Auction Sunday, April 19, 4 to 7 p.m. Both events are at the Millersport Lions Club House on Chautauqua Blvd. in Millersport.

Sexton said the OSU Blind Marching Band is the only one of its kind in the US, and being asked to perform in Pasadena is a great honor. The trip won’t be cheap.

A sighted person must join each band member during the parade and Sexton said the band’s uniforms are more than 20 years old and need to be replaced. “They’re not used to marching in a five mile long parade,” she said. Sexton said the Lions Club accepted the fundraising challenge because the OSU Blind Marching Band is very difficult positioneven though the band was asked to play in Pasadena, none of the members is allowed to solicit funds his or her self.

Sexton said Breakfast with the Easter Bunny raised about $1,000 last year.

All donations are tax deductible through the Ohio Lions Foundation. Contact Ron Robbins at (614) 888-8773 or Sexton at (740) 405-9871.

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