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Ann Johns, Exeter, wins limo ride Early Bird Draw

Ann Johns receives winning certificate from Judith Parker


Exeter’s Ann Johns wins Early Bird Prize Draw to arrive at 30th Conservation Dinner in limousine
Conservation Dinner Chairs draw winning name from early purchasers of tickets to charitable auction; Exeter woman wins limo ride, for up to 14, to and from fundraising event in Exeter, courtesy of, of Grand Bend 

The Conservation Dinner on April 11, 2019 is going to be a special one for all the patrons at this year’s event as the community fundraising auction celebrates its 30th year of supporting community projects. The charitable fundraiser is going to be extra special for Exeter’s Ann Johns who bought her Dinner ticket early and was eligible for the Early Bird Prize Draw and was drawn as the winner.

Dinner Committee Co-Chairs Larry Taylor and Jim Beckett drew the Exeter woman’s name, at the latest Dinner Committee meeting, as the winner of this year’s exceptional prize – a limousine ride for up to 14 people, to and from the event, courtesy of Brad Oke and, of Grand Bend. Judith Parker, Secretary of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation, presented the prize certificate to the winner. 

“I’m so excited,” the prize winner said. “We’re going to have a great time.”

“The Early Bird Prize of a limousine ride for up to 14 people is a grand way to begin a stand-out year for an event that continues to be a community success story,” said Dinner Committee Co-Chair Larry Taylor. “We would like to thank Brad Oke and for this generous donation.”

The charity fundraiser is a sold-out show year after year and organizers say tickets are selling briskly. To buy tickets, or to donate, visit the Ausable Bayfield Conservation office east of Exeter at 71108 Morrison Line (just south of Highway 83) or phone 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email

About the Conservation Dinner

Net profits from the Conservation Dinner are split evenly between community conservation projects of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation and community conservation projects of Exeter Lions Club.

This charity event supports projects in local communities. Projects include accessible nature trails in Bayfield, Clinton, Parkhill, Lucan, Arkona, Exeter, and Varna; busing for students to experience outdoor nature education programs; a $1,000 student environmental bursary benefitting students in local communities; a summer job at Ausable Bayfield Conservation for a senior secondary school student; turtle monitoring and events in Port Franks and Ailsa Craig; aquatic habitat studies in Old Ausable Channel at Grand Bend; and other projects such as nature day camps, fishing derby and Owl Prowl, and parks and conservation areas.

The Conservation Dinner takes place on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at South Huron Recreation Centre at 94 Victoria Street East in Exeter. Tickets are $85 each. Patrons receive a charitable gift receipt, for income tax purposes, for a portion of that amount. 

The Conservation Dinner has raised more than $1.1 million over almost three decades thanks to donors, attendees, volunteers, and artists. The annual charitable event features live and silent auctions of art and other distinctive items including travel packages and sports and entertainment memorabilia.

The Dinner includes special raffles, general raffles, appetizers, wine tasting, fun and fellowship, and a wonderful meal. The Conservation Dinner Committee thanks all the creative people who have been feature artists over the years in media ranging from paintings to ice sculptures to metal art to culinary arts to other creative disciplines. You may find out more at and

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