Lions put on big fundraiser downtown

The 1980s band Kiss pays a visit to Grand Junction as part of the Lions Club parade on Saturday.

Gregg Palmer of the Grand Junction Lions Club tosses fake money into the air as he parades down Main Streeet with the Bailout Boys on Saturday. The group portrayed such beneficiaries of the first stimulus package as AIG, General Motors, Chrysler and Citigroup as their costumes for the parade.

Traci Chinn’s arms were filled with a bouquet of flowers, an Oreo cake and a stuffed dog. But when asked about her favorite part of the Grand Junction Lions Club Carnival, the 5-year-old girl could still manage to point to the shelves of colorful stuffed animals.

Thousands of other children and adults streamed through the doors of Two Rivers Convention Center on Saturday night to play an assortment of games in hopes of winning a bevy of prizes during the 80th edition of the Lions Club’s largest fundraiser. It began earlier in the afternoon with the annual parade down Main Street.

The Chinn family made a day of the event, just as they have every year for 15 years. And 4-year-old Anatoly wasn’t about to be outdone by his sister. He hauled around a stuffed animal while his dad, Greg, carried a cake.

“It’s a good cause,” said Traci and Anatoly’s mother, Brenda.

Prizes worth a total of $28,000 were raffled off during the night, including a 14-foot boat, a one-carat diamond pendant and $1,000 cash. The Lions Club hoped to raise $215,000 this year.


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