Without the Stevens County Fair this summer, the Morris Lions will not be able to make the $6,000 to $7,000 they cleared running their popular Bingo stand – a situation that Lions members Ray Farwell and Barry Erdahl said on the KMRS Community Connection puts the group in a financial crisis. The Morris Lions were formed in 1939 and Erdahl ran through some of the local programs they financially support.
“We made a commitment to the hockey arena in their fundraising effort,” noted Erdahl. “If you look at the dog park, that was a major contribution we made. In the High School, we have a scholarship, the Merle Felstul Scholarship, and that’s two $500 scholarships we hand out each year.”
The Lions also donate to the Morris School District to buy books for 2nd graders, Relay for Life, the Morris Community Meals, Prairie Arts Camp, Post Prom, Stevens County Food Shelf, Toys for Tots, Little League, Pioneer Public TV and will purchase eyeglasses for kids in need. Members are concerned without the Bingo revenue, they won’t be able to support the local groups as in the past. Those wishing to help their cause can donate to the Morris Lions, P.O. Box 433, Morris, MN 56267.