This year’s Bid ‘N Buy Auction was a smashing success despite the torrential rains caused by Hurricane Matthew. Lion Stan Furman, President of the Lions Charity Foundation of District 24D commented; “The depths of dedication to our Charity Foundation displayed by our Lions never cease to amaze me.” Furman continues, “There were 243 guests in attendance at the auction this year. Over $26,500 was raised through the event making this year’s auction the most successful to date.”

Registered bidders purchased over 350 auction items ranging from small gifts to big screen digital televisions. Lions from all over Southeastern Virginia drove to Chesapeake to support us even with the threats of flash flooding. Among the guests were friends, family members and co-workers of Lions and members of the general public. “We’re especially grateful to the Suffolk Rods & Muscle Cars Club for their generous $2,000 donation to LCF 24D,” said Furman. Members of the car club attended the Bid ‘N Buy Auction to present the check. The car club chose our foundation to be the recipient of the proceeds from their most recent car show.

We were chosen because our local Lions Clubs provide essential services to people in need throughout our service area. Nearly 40 Lions Clubs supported the event by soliciting auction donations, selling program advertisements, raffle tickets and purchasing auction items during the event. Furman states, “We wouldn’t be able to produce such a successful event without the support of our Lions Clubs, Bid ‘N Buy committee members’ tireless efforts and the help of our Foundation board members. A sincere thank you to everyone involved in supporting us to raise much-needed funds to continue our mission.” Year-round the Charity Foundation distributes grants to assist Lions Clubs to provide charitable, scientific, literary, or educational endeavors in Southeastern Virginia communities.