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LAKE WYLIE --
Annually the River Hills Lions Club benefit dinner turns into one of the biggest fundraisers around, aiding its local emergency response service. This year its grown even beyond having to attend the dinner to participate.
The event takes place at 6 p.m. Oct. 13 at River Hills Country Club. All money goes to River Hills/Lake Wylie EMS. Included are a live and silent auction with nearly 150 items. Tickets are $80 and include the surf and turf dinner.
For the first time, participants can bid on auction items prior to the event online, and dont have to be present to win.
People can actually shop and bid from home, said club member Lee Kehler.
Items are listed at riverhillslionsyellowpages.org. Guests can email bids using the information there, allowing the entire community to participate and help the squad.
Theres a whole demographic thats younger and, hey, there are boats and sailboats, Kehler said. It gives them an opportunity to get in the action.
Included are signed and numbered paintings, sculptures, vacations, jewelry, watercraft, wine baskets and other valuables. Often, Kehler said, at a considerable value for anyone furnishing a home or just looking for a gift or treasure.
While the group is trying to make the event more accessible, they still want people to join in for the dinner, too. For tickets, contact Mary Ann Robinson, 803-831-2139 or email@example.com. Sponsorship opportunities are still available, too.
A time to preview live and silent auction items begins at noon Oct. 12. For more on the event, visit riverhillslionsyellowpages.org.