Much money was raised for local efforts by the area Lions Club during the annual two-day Lions Club Auction on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Held at W-K Ford, plenty of room was allowed for volunteers to have fun – and that is what they did. Answering phones and setting up items to be shown was done with humility because they knew the auction meant raising funds for club efforts that benefit the community.

Lions Club International focuses on sight and hearing preservation. The organization supports those programs with donations to LCIF, Leader Dog Program, Lions World School for the Blind, Mid South Sight, Saving Sight, and the collection of glasses to be distributed throughout the world and purchase of glasses for those in need locally.

Beyond that, the organization supports local projects including the Boonslick Prayer Breakfast, Katy Flyer, Girls and Boys State, Family Fun Day, BHS Post Prom, Scholarship at Boonville High School, National Fire Safety, Food Bank, Buddy Pack, Senior Center, Shriners, Adopt a Family at Christmas, Halloween Parade, Dictionary Project for third graders, Great River Council Cub Scout Pack 70, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, etc.

During the two day event, club treasurer Gene Cummins, was the main announcer while auctioneers with Derendinger Auction Service sold off the items to the highest bidder.

Cummins was very thankful for the local merchants who donated the thousands of dollars worth of items with the proceeds benefiting projects in helping individuals.

The auction has been an area tradition for more than 40 years. More information regarding the auction will be released soon, including the complete calculation of funds raised.