From staff reports
The Beaufort Lions Club is hosting a Pancake Breakfast Saturday, Feb. 12. The event will run from 8 to 11 a.m. at Sea Island Presbyterian at 81 Lady’s Island Drive.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for those younger than 12. The menu consists of pancakes, syrup, cheese grits, scrambled eggs, sausage gravy and biscuits, juice, coffee, and milk.
With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Lions Club’s funds are stretched thin.
The Beaufort Lions Club has served residents with vision needs for more than 75 years. Fundraisers support Camp Leo, an annual, free, week-long camp on Hilton Head Island, serving blind children ranging in age to18 across the state.
Three county Lions clubs – Beaufort, Hilton Head Noon, and Sun City/Okatie – provide vans to provide transportation for the visually impaired to and from homes throughout the state, provide various activities including miniature golf, and kayaking, as well as volunteers, to assist the children.
Funds raised by various fundraisers are also sent to Lions Vision Services in Columbia to provide essential eye surgeries and eyeglasses to those in need across the state.
Lions Vision Services also sponsors a fishing tournament for legally blind adults from across the state at Santee in April. The Beaufort Lions Club usually sends volunteers to assist with the two-day event and fish fry.
Members of the Beaufort Lions Club, along with a retired ophthalmologist from the Hilton Head Noon club, volunteer monthly with Beaufort Jasper Volunteers in Medicine Eye Clinic in Ridgeland to offer free eye care to VIM clients. The Beaufort Lions Club has provided not only magnifiers so that low-vision Beaufort County residents can read the newspaper, books, and mail, but has provided 10 residents with prescription eye wear during the past year.