Efforts by the Harper Woods-Grosse Pointe Woods Lions Club aid numerous people with hearing or vision problems, including the chapter’s president, Cathy McAdam, pictured with her guide dog, Lucy.

Efforts by the Harper Woods-Grosse Pointe Woods Lions Club aid numerous people with hearing or vision problems, including the chapter’s president, Cathy McAdam, pictured with her guide dog, Lucy.

Photo provided by Cathy McAdam


Lions Club to host pasta dinner

By: Brendan Losinski | Advertiser Times | Published September 13, 2019

HARPER WOODS — The Harper Woods-Grosse Pointe Woods Lions Club is inviting members of the public to bring their appetites and join it for its annual pasta dinner fundraiser Oct. 12.

Each year, the organization hosts the dinner to raise money for its many programs in the community.

“The Lions Club is one of the premiere service organizations providing services to communities,” said Cathy McAdam, the president of the Harper Woods-Grosse Pointe Woods Lions Club. “The programs we support are really vital to maintaining financial support for programs that are based in our own communities.”

The dinner will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Harper Woods AMVETS Post No. 57, 19730 Harper Ave. The cost to attend is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Dinner is included in the price and it is an all-you-can-eat dinner.

“We’ll have a bake sale and then eyesight checks for the children and then the pasta dinner, which will be served by our seeing-impaired Lion members,” said Lions member and Harper Woods City Councilwoman Valerie Kindle. “It’s a great opportunity for residents.”

The money raised will benefit a number of programs that the Lions Club helps perform throughout the community.

“It is a fundraiser for everything that the Lions Club does,” remarked Kindle. “It lets them do some very important things in the community for our families in need.”

“Some projects we support are Leader Dogs for the Blind, Penrickton Center for Blind Children, Beaumont Silent Children and the furniture bank,” added McAdam. “We believe in responding to our community and seeking the input of others to better serve where needed. … We are providing food for children for the holidays. A lot of our projects come close to home for many residents, and the pasta dinner is another way we raise money for all of this. We support local scholarship programs and Little League.”

McAdam said these efforts are central to what the Lions Club is about.

“The Lions is one of the largest international service organizations, and our motto is ‘We Serve,’” she said. “Each club tries to make that meaningful for their own community, so we help with local projects, like scholarships, senior picnics, Goodfellows assistance for food and clothing at the holidays, and assistance with glasses or hearing aids not covered by insurance.”

McAdam also stressed that the goal of the dinner goes beyond money.

“We want to continue to provide services to our community, which means we need fundraising, but it also means reaching out to the community,” she said. “We believe service to our fellow man is important. It’s not about the money, but about the services that we can provide and being able to be there for people when they need a hand.”

The organizers said they are expecting a good crowd and hope that residents take the opportunity to support a good cause, meet with their neighbors and enjoy a good meal.

“We have done pasta dinners like this for many years,” McAdam remarked. “Two of our members are doing all the cooking for the event. It’s a very fun event. We hope to see as many members of the community on hand as possible.”