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Corn, brats put bucks back into community



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August 11, 2010 | 08:48 AM
Williams Bay — The annual Lions Club Corn and Brat Roast is more than a good time, it's also a reinvestment in the community.

The Lions' roast has been an annual event in the bay for about the last 40 years, said Jim D'Alessandro, past Williams Bay Lions president and a member of the club's community affairs committee.

Last year, the Lions Club served about 5,000 ears of Pearce's Farm corn to visitors and raised about $25,000 that went back into the Williams Bay School District and the local library, D'Alessandro said. Not all of the $25,000 was raised at the Corn and Brat Roast, but it is the Williams Bay Lions' biggest fundraiser, he said.

This year, the roast runs Friday through Sunday, Aug. 13 to 15.

The beer and food tent opens at 6 p.m. Friday and at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, and festivities wrap up at midnight.

Friday features live blues by Hobie & the Leftovers from 8 p.m. to midnight and a disc jockey from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday with fireworks Saturday evening.

A fire department waterbarrel fight starts Sunday at noon.

The money the Lions collect goes right back to the community, D'Alessandro said. Every year, about $5,000 from Lions coffers goes to scholarships for Williams Bay High School.

Annually, the club also donates toward:

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- The high school year book and prom.

- Paying for students to attend Badger Boy's State.

- Buying large print books for the Williams Bay library.

- Summer recreation programs.

- Food baskets for the needy.

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- The school district's DARE program.

In 2008, the Lions made a commitment to pay for lights at the Williams Bay High School football field, D'Alessandro said.

The Lions still owe about $45,000 and the club plans to pay between $15,000 and $20,000 toward that this year, he said.

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