The Lions of Illinois Foundation
http://www.lionsofillinoisfoundation.org
5th Annual - "Walk For Sight"
Sunday June 7, 2009

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Well, once again it is time to take a nice walk in the woods. I want to take You back to last month, to June 2009  and You know that The beginning of June in The Chicagoland Area would not be complete if not for The Lions of Illinois Foundation’s 5th Annual Walk For Sight. It is has been My pleasure to cover this event all 5 Years. On Sunday June 7, 2009, Lion Club members and families and friends from Lions District 1J and throughout the state of Illinois gathered at The Danada House & Equestrian Center in Wheaton, Illinois to walk a mile or two. The event was put on by The Lions of Illinois Foundation. The Lions of Illinois Foundation serves as the chartable arm for The Illinois Lions Club, running several events including this one and of course Candy Day. There was some fun activities such as walking as a blind person would and beep baseball, which is trying to hit a ball without sight just a beeping ball coming toward You. Participants this Year as well as the last four years had a chance to make their presence known by stamping a footprint and signing a banner. Of course plenty of refreshments were available to walkers provided by PepsiCo, featuring Gatorade products. For the second year there was Free Hotdogs! All Right! Hot Dogs were grilled actually inside a Cement Truck and manned by Bridgeview Lion Ray Jachim.

As always there was two trails, a gold trail and a purple trail. This Year’s footage, that You are currently seeing came from The Purple Trail, but don’t fret Gold Trail lovers, We be filming on the Gold Trail, next Year. We alternate between the purple and gold trails from Year to Year.

The entry fee for adults to walk was $20. Lions were also part of teams. Lions registered through their local Lions clubs. Each walker was also encourage to collect at least $100 dollars of donations or pledges. For High Schools students and younger the entry fee was free, but still they were encouraged to collect at least $50 in donations or pledges. Also teams belonging to service organizations could receive a portion of the money they collected to go their individual Lions Club or other service organization if they qualified.

Also for the first year this walk was a part of several Walks for Sight happening all across the state of Illinois.

For more information on The Lions of Illinois foundation, please visit their very special website at http://www.lionsofillinoisfoundation.org

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