AMBOY — COVID has had a tremendous impact on our local economy, especially our small town business owners, with not able to open, limited capacity, and social distancing. All these have been difficult to manage and stressed our economy. No Lions Easter Egg Hunt, no Depot Days, no Lions Depot Days Parade. The things we look forward to each year.
“This has also challenged the Amboy Lions with our annual Draw Down fundraiser,” said Amboy Lions Club President Dave Kemp. “So we are thinking outside the box. We cannot have a gathering of more than 50 people, serving a meal is just as challenging.” The Draw Down is one of the main fundraisers the Amboy Lions has. This year the Amboy Lions wants to help the businesses in the community. Many of these same businesses make generous donations to help assure the Lions’ fundraisers success. “This year we are not asking for business donations, but instead $30 of the $60 ticket will be given back to these businesses, totaling $6,000 back into our community,” Kemp said. “This also allows the Amboy Lions to continue to offer their scholarships to several high school students with the remaining money.” Here’s how this year’s Drawdown is going to work. The event will be live streamed through Facebook, so everyone will be able to follow as if they were at the community building. Each ticket holder when drawn will receive a $30 gift certificate to one of our local businesses. The last ticket drawn will receive $2,000 in cash. “Everyone wins – you, our local community, and our stu-dents,” Kemp said. “Please help us make this event a success by your $60 donation.”