The Petrolia Lions Club made a big splash in Wallaceburg on Tuesday evening.
Bob Tanner, a member of the Petrolia group, said approximately 400 people attended Colwell Park in Wallaceburg for a free barbecue from approximately 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The group brought their massive food truck with them and served up free french fries, hamburgers, hotdogs, pop and water.
“It was incredible,” Tanner told the Sydenham Current.
“It outdid our expectations, just about 100 per cent. It was lined up out to the street.”
Goodwill donations gathered at the event totaled $2,810.15.
All the proceeds were given directly to the Wallaceburg Splash Pad committee.
“It’s totally amazing,” said Chris Young, chair of the Splash Pad group in Wallaceburg.
“The community just continues to amaze us. Three hours with the barbecue and people are lined up to the middle of the street. It’s wonderful.”
Young said earlier this month the next step for the project is to go through the request for proposal process, which will determine who completes the construction work for the new splash pad.
The hope is to have the approximate $170,000 project completed by July 1, Young said.
Wallaceburg’s Nick Cadotte, who helped organize the barbecue on Tuesday, said the event was help boost up the community.
“Unfortunately there was an event that happened at the equipment the week it was built, and we didn’t want to focus on the negative part of it,” he said.
“We wanted to show the community spirit and Petrolia came around and rallied to help us with this. The town always steps up every time. This was beyond believable, it spread through Facebook like wildfire and it was great to have everyone involved.”
Tanner added that the Wallaceburg Lions Club is getting closer to becoming a reality.
“We signed up more new members today and we’re on our way to forming a club,” he said.
“We’re hoping sometime in June we’re able to say we have a new Lions Club in Wallaceburg.”
If you are interested in joining to club, contact Tanner at 519-339-6606 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Photo credit: Wallaceburg Splash Pad committee