LAKE WYLIE -- The River Hills Lions announced the first of their 2008-2009 charities during the Dec. 9 Holiday Dinner at River Hills Country Club. The club will give River Hills/Lake Wylie Emergency Medical Squad $37,000.
The Lions, which helped start the squad more than 20 years ago, have held a EMS Raffle Dinner for several years to help the squad with its annual budget. The raffle has been successful offering a "good chance" to win up to $10,000 with only 300 tickets sold.
However, since the South Carolina Lottery made any raffle gaming illegal other than the S.C. Education Lottery, the Lions were in jeopardy of breaking the law and members of the club and raffle committee could be fined or forced to forfeit any state business licenses. So the committee had to come up with a new venue for raising the $25,000 to $30,000.
The team -- Paul Boggs, Tom Stall, Deb Dagilus, Tommy Haughton, Patrick Duffy, John Killian, RJ Phillips, Bob Daily and Jay Wolf -- were able to pull off a silent auction and Oktoberfest in the Hous fund-raiser that exceeded the goal. Prizes ranged from ladies jewelry, bonsai plants and spa, vacation and golf packages, to signed Peter Max lithographs, and even a sailboat and a car. Bids also went to condos, vacation spots and several gourmet dinners.