BACKGROUND

Guests enjoying a part of the Motor Museum
Guests enjoy the Motor Museum at our last Spectacular
Centennial Logo The Bollywood dancers in 2015
Bollywood comes to Farnham... what will 2017 bring?

Lions is currently the largest service organisation in the world and will celebrate its Centennial in June 2017, one hundred years of service since Melvin Jones in Chicago, USA, founded our organisation. Today, Lions clubs have in excess of 1.4 million members in over 43,000 clubs over 200 countries globally. Farnham Lions was formed in 1968, so co-incidentally when Lions celebrate our Centennial, Farnham Lions will be in the 50th year since our own charter. 

Farnham Lions has around 45 members and through events such as our annual Golf Day, Beerex, Project Wenceslas, Easter Eggstravaganza and many more we raise between £80,000 and  £120,000 per year, the vast majority of which goes straight back into our local community to help those in real need.  We do contribute to Lions global programmes and one such programme over the last 100 years has been Campaign Sight First aiming to cure or prevent over 40 million cases of blindness worldwide. To date Lions clubs around the world have raised over $148 Million for campaign sight first and work is carried out at every level, from the collection and recycling of glasses to eye camps, eye surgeries and much more. 

Being a local club, albeit as part of a global organisation, it is the club members who decide how all funds that they raise are dispensed. The membership want to celebrate the Lions Centennial and Farnham Lions 50th anniversary by recognizing we are a local club, but a part of a global service community. As such, we have decided to stage a major fundraiser specifically for the Centennial and in addition to all other projects, with 100% of the proceeds going to support local organisations. With so many in real need its not easy to decide where we can help the most in our community but we have chosen to support 40 Degreez, The Ridgeway School, Challengers and Frensham Pond Sailability. The four charities, all of which are very local, all have one thing in common - they all help and support young people. We feel that as we celebrate our 50 years of service, we should look to youth and our future. 

Our four chosen local Beneficiaries:

Challengers Logo Frensham Ponds Sailability Logo 40 Degreez Logo Ridgeway School Logo
Challengers Website Frensham Pond Sailability Website  40 Degreez Website The Ridgeway School Website


in addition to all our annual events we staged a major event in 2015, an Indian Spectacular, where we raised £25,000 on the day. All  proceeds were destined to create a new medical facility in Kerala India, as the event itself celebrated the 20th anniversary of our clubs twinning with Frankenberg Lions in Germany in 1995. We therefore felt an International project and beneficiary was appropriate. With a sell out of 400 guests, the day was a fantastic, and indeed spectacular day. Now we aim to far exceed that Spectacular and stage the....  

FARNHAM LIONS SUMMER SPECTACULAR

The Summer Spectacular: an American 1920's themed event, acknowledging the birthplace of Lionism. The 1920's give us a rich theme that we can maximise for everyone's enjoyment. 

EVEN BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER BEFORE.  


It will be held on 8th July 2017 as a Summer evening event starting at 5pm and running through until midnight with a full entertainment program under multiple circus big top marquees. The event will support just 700 guests. We will have a world class band, two ‘sets’ of West End theatre level stage performance, a charity auction, and of course a superb dinner, and finally guests will be able to dance to the live music before a firework finale will illuminate the sky behind the domed stage. If that is not enough, the location is home to a major private collection of vintage and classic cars and automobilia that will be open for all to see and enjoy with the owners. We are looking for assistance to ensure that this event is not only a magnificent day for all those that attend, but that it also raises at least £25,000, and hopefully considerably more, for the local beneficiaries as well. As you will imagine, the infrastructure costs are not insignificant to put on such an event and whilst we have already secured six major sponsors we would welcome more, as well as any number of other supporters. We would very much like to talk to any organisation about sponsorship, support, our auction or attendance on the day perhaps with a group of your staff, friends or family. Hope to see you there!