A little rain, a lot of love for Lions Vision Van benefit

Sandra ClarkFountain City

The Smoky Mountain Lions Charities sponsored a car show and reverse raffle on June 15 at Fountain City Park. It was a benefit for the Lions’ Vision Van. Read more about that program here.


Coordinator Jim McFarland said Lions Club members sold (or bought) 2,071 raffle tickets at $10 each, a result he calls “great.” The Sevier County Lions Club won first place, and the proceeds will go into the club treasury to benefit the community. Second place was won by a woman from Sunbright, Tenn., and third place was won by a man from Clinton.

McFarland can’t pour enough praise on the event’s entertainers: The County Line band from Maynardville and performer Aron T from Corryton. “He’s semi-retired, but performs for local charity events and private parties,” said McFarland.

The park was packed with people picnicking, walking and playing. And most of those folks dropped by the car show, at least for a few minutes.

McFarland credited the lower-than-expected number of cars to weather. “People just don’t like to bring their show cars out if there’s a chance of rain.”

Participants included the four cars pictured here, plus a black Mustang owned by Ronnie Qualls, treasurer of the Powell Lions Club, and a Miata owned by Ken Moffett, secretary of the Tri-County Lions Club.

“We’re going to do it again next year,” said McFarland.

Bobby Miller, president of the Smoky Mountain Mustang Club, brought this silver Mustang with a sign: “Please don’t touch. I’m not that kind of car.”

Michael Walker of West Knox Lions entered this red BMW.

This sparkling Chevy Galaxy was entered by Jim Maddox from the Smoky Mountain Mustang Club.

The Fountain City Lions Club Building has been updated. Looking good!

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