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CAST MEMBERS – Among the cast members of Adena Lions Club’s upcoming “Lion Eyes,” which will be held April 29-30 at 7:30 p.m. at Buckeye West Elementary School in Adena, are, from left, Dean Rutan, Bill Ralston, Patty Staley, Nancy Knight and Dan Smallwood. The show, returning after being postponed since 2020 due to the pandemic, has been a key fundraising tradition for the service organization for many decades. — Contributed

ADENA — The Adena Lions Club will present its 70th show with “Lion’s Eyes” will take place on April 29 and 30.

Showtime both days is at 7:30 p.m. at Buckeye West Elementary School in Adena. The show returns after being postponed since 2020.

The Adena Lions show is the organization’s largest fundraiser.

“Through the generosity of the program’s book sponsors and the sale of raffle tickets, the club has raised over $100,000 in the last 12 Adena Lions shows,” said a spokesperson. “Through these donations, the Lions of Adena are able to provide service to our local community through a variety of service projects such as purchasing eyeglasses, assisting with local food pantries, and sponsoring ‘an annual summer reading program, to name a few’, noted a spokesperson. “Through its membership in Lions Club International, the club extends its services globally to help provide natural disaster relief, fund measles vaccines, support eye research and more.”

Show producers and club members Laura Konkoleski and Marty Packer explained that the show’s theme is vision, which is one of the many causes Lions Clubs International is known for.

Featured performers on the show include JoAnn Connor, Lauren Florence, Wally Jancura, Pam Kinsey, Julie Packer, Marty Packer, Dan Smallwood, Ken Staley, Karl Bowers, Dennis Kinsey, RJ Konkoleski, Bill Ralston, Dean Rutan and Rob Whinnery.

John Parkinson, who has been in almost all of the shows, returns to his role as interlocutor and guide for the evening.

Dustin Kinsey, manager, leads the house band along with Kipp Bowers, Bob Campbell and Ken Staley.

“This year’s show has literally taken three years to prepare since we haven’t been able to have a show for the past two years,” Kinsey commented. “I can’t wait to hit that first chord on the keyboard to kick off show #70. I hope everyone reading this makes plans to be in our audience. It will be a great show” he added.

Tickets for the show can be purchased at the door: — $10 for adults, $5 for students and children under 5 are admitted free. The club is also selling odds on not one, but two instant lottery ticket boards. Each council has $200 worth of tickets. A winner will be drawn each night of the show.

“In addition to great music, we have outstanding comedy,” Kinsey pointed out. “My dad, Dennis, has performed on every Adena Lions Show since the late 1970s and will no doubt have another crazy sketch this year,” he said. “Rob Whinnery and Wally Jancura are preparing an Eye Doctor skit that is sure to please audiences. And wait until you see the Cotton-Eyed Joe number,” he added.

The Adena Lions Club is a group of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to meet them.

For more information about the show or how to get involved with the Adena Lions Club, email the club at [email protected] or visit the club’s Facebook page.

To learn more about Lions Clubs International, visit www.lionsclubs.org.



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