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Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority

Conservation Dinner

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Conservation Dinner is Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Conservation Dinner Committee has announced that the 2017 gala charitable auction event will get an early start on the spring season and is to be held on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at South Huron Recreation Centre in Exeter.

When: Thursday, April 6, 2017

Where: South Huron Recreation Centre, 94 Victoria Street East, Exeter, Ontario

Community members Mary Ryan-Allen and Janet Clarke were elected Co-Chairs of 28th Conservation Dinner auction to take place on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at South Huron Recreation Centre, 94 Victoria Street East, Exeter, Ontario.

Download the Conservation Dinner programme now at this link: Programme

Get on the waiting list now

It looks like the 2017 Conservation Dinner is another sold-out show! However, tickets sometimes become available ... so get on the waiting list now. To get on the waiting list for the 28th Conservaton Dinner, phone 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email info(at)abca.on.ca

Tickets are $75 each. Patrons receive a charitable gift receipt, for income tax purposes, for a portion of that amount. 

Click on the News and Events Link for news item about the Conservation Dinner.

Making history

The Conservation Dinner gala auction continues to make history. Members of the community committee behind the charitable event learned at a meeting on May 30 that the 2016 fundraiser has set a new record. The 2016 Dinner raised almost $62,500 in net proceeds for community improvements such as parks, accessible trails, and nature education and recreation. That’s $1,000 more than the previous record set the year before. 

The committee then continued to make history by electing two Co-Chairs, for the first time in a quarter of a century, to organize the 28th Dinner.

The committee chairmanship rotates each year between Exeter Lions Club, Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation, and other community volunteers on the committee.

The new Co-Chairs, elected at the meeting on May 30, 2016, are community members Mary Ryan-Allen and Janet Clarke. They say they will have “big shoes to fill,” following the work of 2015 and 2016 chairman Paul Anstett, of the Exeter Lions Club, who earned the nickname the ‘Million Dollar Chairman’ after helping the community reach the mark of having raised more than $1 million in net proceeds at Dinner events between 1990 and 2016. The new Co-Chairs thanked Lion Paul and his committee for their dedication. They say they look forward to continuing the legacy of this event’s work by the community for the community.

When the committee met in May, members said they wanted to thank all the donors, patrons and guests, volunteers and artists behind this community success story. They wanted to thank those who contributed to the record-setting success of the 2016 event and also all the businesses and people who have given of time and money and donations to their community, through this event, over the past 27 years.

“Whenever we think we have seen it all, the people and businesses of this watershed surprise us by building on their past success and achieving more than we ever thought possible,” said Mary Ryan-Allen, 2017 Conservation Dinner Co-Chair. “I am moved by the generosity of the people who have donated to this event over the years, those who have attended the Dinner and supported the auctions and raffles, and the people who have volunteered their time. When I look at the parks and trails and nature education and recreation programs that are possible in our area, thanks to that support, it makes me even prouder to be part of this community.”

In 27 years of fundraising dinners, this charitable event has raised more than $1,047,000 for community parks, accessible trails and conservation areas, recreation and education and job experience opportunities for young people, nature areas and commemorative woods, and other community projects of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation and the Exeter Lions Club.

The past Chairs of the Conservation Dinner Committee have been: Charles Corbett (1990); Carolyn Bradford (1991); Tom Hartai and Mac MacDougall (1992); Sharon Romphf (1993); Peter Raymond (1994); Cathy Pfaff (1995); George Godbolt (1996; 1998; 2000; 2002); Fred Dobbs (1997); Tom Tomes (1999); Dave McClure (2001); Gord Strang (2003); Teresa Ondrejicka (2004; 2010); Rob Reid (2005); Ernie Miatello (2006; 2007); Bob Gehan (2008; 2009; 2011); Bob Radtke (2012); Bob Laye (2013); Janet Clarke (2014); and Paul Anstett (2015; 2016).

The Conservation Dinner began in 1990. The Exeter Lions Club and the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation have been joint partners on the event since 1991 and net proceeds are split evenly between community conservation projects of the Foundation and the Exeter Lions Club. For more information about the Conservation Dinner visit abca.on.ca or conservationdinner.com. 

The Conservation Dinner features a live auction, silent auction, Super Silent Auction, general raffles, special raffles, and feature art from a feature artist. One of the live auction highlights from the 2016 event was the feature art, an interpretive metal sculpture of Flying Geese, by feature artist Jim Dawe, of Murals in Metal. Other highlights included a Groceries for a Year package courtesy of Hansen’s Your Independent Grocer; a VIA Rail Canada round trip to Halifax, courtesy of VIA Rail Canada; original paintings; packages featuring sports and entertainment celebrities; and a number of other unique items and experiences. Attendees at the April 14, 2016 event included Charles Corbett, the Conservation Dinner’s very first chairman from the inaugural dinner in 1990.

From left to right in photo are Mary Ryan-Allen and Janet Clarke, who were elected as the Conservation Dinner's first Co-Chairs in 25 years. The Dinner Committee selected the two community members as Co-Chairs at an organizational meeting held on Monday, May 30, 2016. The new chairpersons will lead the gala charitable auction that will kick off the spring season early on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at South Huron Recreation Centre in Exeter. 

Committee members learned at their May meeting that the 2016 fundraiser set a new record of almost $62,500 in net proceeds by the community and for the community. That’s more than 1,000 higher than the previous record set the prior year. The Dinner Committee asked, at their May meeting, that a public thank you be issued to the people who made this year's charitable event a success and also thank all previous donors over the past 27 years. 

The Dinner has become a community success story thanks to donors, patrons and guests, and artists and volunteers. The charitable fundraiser supports community improvements such as parks, accessible trails, nature education and recreation for all ages, and more. The Dinner Committee includes the Exeter Lions Club, Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation, and other community members. For more information visit abca.on.ca or conservationdinner.com. 

Download 2016 Conservation Dinner programme now.

The Conservation Dinner has raised more than $1 million in net proceeds over its 27-year history and, with your help, this community event has surpassed the $1 million raised mark, in its history, for community improvement projects of a conservation nature.

The charitable gala supports accessible trails, conservation areas, and parks; outdoor nature education for children and youth; commemorative woods to remember loved ones and improve forest conditions; recreation through fish stocking and a family-friendly fishing derby for the young and the young at heart; and more.

The annual charitable gala features live and silent auctions of art and other distinctive items including travel packages and sports and entertainment memorabilia. The event also includes a special raffle and general raffle. There are many ways to win!

The Conservation Dinner is a charitable community event of the Exeter Lions Club and the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation.

This dinner and auction was started in 1990 and the Exeter Lions Club joined as co-partner in 1991. The net profits are shared 50:50 with the Exeter Lions Club.

Each year the Dinner Committee collects more than 250 donations from generous local businesses and individual donors.

The gala dinner and auction sells out almost every year, attracting 410 patrons.

Past Conservation Dinners have supported building and maintaining accessible trails at Morrison Dam, Rock Glen and Bannockburn conservation areas, construction of a viewing platform, boat launch, fishing dock, parking lot, and support for outdoor conservaton education programs throughout the watershed.

Contact us for tickets or to become a donor and/or patron by phoning 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or e-mail us through our contact form or or write to ABCF, 71108 Morrison Line, RR 3 Exeter, ON N0M 1S5. 

For more information visit:

http://www.conservationdinner.com/

Tickets for the gala charitable dinner and auction are $65 each. Patrons receive a charitable gift receipt, for income tax purposes, for a portion of that amount. To purchase a ticket or to donate to the 2015 Conservaton Dinner, phone 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email info@abca.on.ca. For information visit abca.on.ca or conservationdinner.com.

The annual charitable gala features live and silent auctions of art and other distinctive items including travel packages and sports and entertainment memorabilia. The event also includes a special raffle and general raffle. There are many ways to win. This dinner and auction was started in 1990 and the Exeter Lions Club joined as co-partner in 1991. The net profits are split 50-50 between conservation projects of the Foundation and conservation projects of the Exeter Lions Club.

Each year generous local businesses and individual donors provide more than 250 donations to the dinner. The gala dinner and auction sells out almost every year. There 400 people who attend each year.