Next Tuesday, the Wimberley Lions Club will host a public celebration to note an extraordinary achievement.
The club, based in a hill country community of about 6,000, has raised, through the years, a total amount of $3 million. The Lions will gather at the Wimberley Community Center, 14068 RR 12, at 6 p.m. to recognize the milestone.
Tuesday morning, the Hays County Commissioners Court will proclaim “Wimberley Lions Club Day” at its regular meeting in honor of this benchmark.
Since the 1960s, the club has operated Wimberley Market Days on the first Saturday of every month. It is the second largest market in the state of Texas, grown to encompass nearly 500 booths and attract 7,000-10,000 patrons each month.
The Lions manage the market with volunteer labor and receive income from booth rentals, parking and food concessions. Each year, 100 percent of the profits, after expenses, are donated to local projects, organizations, scholarships and Lions charities. In exchange, those to whom they donate provide the volunteer labor that is required each month to operate the market. It has become a genuine community effort that proves what a small town can do with cooperation.
Market Days has helped to fund Habitat for Humanity homes, the community center, the visitor center and Playhouse. They have provided equipment to schools and built two parks and a nature trail. Some 80 local children were provided with funding to participate in an international youth exchange program. Most notably, they have provided college scholarships to more than 160 students, with most of them being four-year scholarships.
The Lions are inviting everyone who has received aid from club donations through the years to join them in celebrating the high watermark. Elected officials and local dignitaries will also attend to add their congratulations.
A special video presentation will be shown and there will be displays from many of the benefited organizations.