NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The early morning April showers and gray skies didn't dampen the 50th annual New Providence Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday.
The Lions Club began the Easter Egg Hunt in 1969, and many of the Lions remember bringing their now grown children to the hunt, with the littlest searching for eggs on the bocce court, just like they do today. -- Now, these Lions are enjoying the next generation of children bolting through the woods in search of the gold and silver eggs to be awarded with a large chocolate bunny.
This year, for their 50th year, the Lions brought in New Providence emergency services and their rigs. In addition, as part of a donation, they collected food for the Our Lady of Peace Food Pantry.
Not only was this the Lions Club's 50th hunt, 2019 marks their 50th year in existence -- serving the community of New Providence, said club President Ed Morgan. ''We are 60 members strong, with a little attrition due to some older guys moving away.'' He said, we are always looking for younger membership, as well.
When it comes to giving back to community, you can count on the manpower of the Lions Club. Morgan said, 40 members helped prepare the eggs at the PACA Club on Wednesday evening, where they cooked and dyed approximately 4,000 eggs.
The Lions have a standard set of events they plan every year in addition to the annual Easter Egg Hunt, which include the upcoming Frank Pizzi Memorial Golf Outing on June 3 and they partner with the New Providence Community Service Association (CSA) with their annual spaghetti dinner.
Morgan said the Lions provide manpower to support their own events, and, "we also provide manpower for other charitable organizations in town, such as the CSA, American Legion, and the Diversity Commission. We go out and do fundraising through a couple of our key events and give 100 percent back to the community.'' He said they give back to the school system by providing three scholarships, donate to all services [PD, FD, AND RS], and they give money to the library to purchase large print books, and for those that can't see, ''we provide audio books.'' The Lions donates approximately $17,000 a year. ''Everything that comes in goes back out.'' Morgan said, ''We give back -- and as a group, we have fun."
For their 50th year, they are reaching out to businesses and professionals to join the Lions Club in support of New Providence. With a donation of $100, the Lions Club will provide recognition through a press release and signage. Click here to learn more about the NP Lions 50th Anniversary Community Partners Program.
The New Providence Lions Club meets bi-monthly at Chimney Rock Inn in Gillette. Visit the New Providence Lions Club website to learn more about becoming a member, volunteer opportunities, annual events and organizations they support.
Photo Credits - Bobbie Peer