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Hurley Lions Club holds annual Palm Sunday fundraiser

 

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Pancake chefs Al Johnson, left, and Andrea Gonzales work at the annual Lions Club pancake breakfast fundraiser Sunday at the Liberty Bell in Hurley.

HURLEY — The Hurley Lions Club held an annual pancake breakfast Sunday at the Liberty Bell in support of the Hurley K-12 School’s participation in a summer youth camp program.

Club treasurer Bob Traczyk said the fundraiser, held each year on Palm Sunday, raises money that helps students spend a week at the North Lakeland Discovery Center in Manitowish Waters.

“We’ve been dedicating these funds to the summer youth camp for around 10 years,” he said.

Traczyk said the fundraiser itself has been benefitting local programs for around 20 years.

Hurley junior Samantha Lardinois said students in grades three through five participate in the camp program, while students in grades nine through 12 work at the fundraiser and attend the camp as counselors.

She said the camp gets the kids involved in outdoor activities including swimming, art, canoeing, campfires, jogging and nature walks.

Traczyk said the pancake breakfast normally raises around $1200 for the campers and is just one of several fundraisers that help keep the program going.

“Our workers are invited to the camp on one of the days, so we get to go down there and enjoy seeing the kids and have a meal with them,” he said.

Traczyk said it’s a great experience for Lions Club members.

“You feel good after helping people out,” he said.