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Lions Burgers return for drive-thru dinner fundraiser
St. Davids Lions Club members stand at the pavilion where they will hold the drive-thru barbecue. (Brittany Carter)

Lion Burgers are coming back this month with an innovative drive-thru dinner campaign by the St. Davids Lions Club.

The non-contact, drive-thru barbecue at the York Road service club will kick off July 31 from 4 to 7 p.m. and will continue every Friday until the end of August if the response is good, said club member and “grunt” Ed Pittman.

“We're going to see how the first couple go. If it bombs, which I don't think it will, we'll probably cut it after two. But I think the response so far looks pretty good and we'll keep it going right through the end of the summer,” Pittman said.

The drive-up barbecue will take place at the Lions Club at 1462 York Rd. and will feature a simple menu: a Lions Burger, fries and a bottle of water for $10. Cash, debit and credit will be accepted. 

“It’ll basically be like a drive-thru. They can drive past the hall, come up and drive behind the hall and through the field to the back of the burger barn and pick up their meal right there.”

After the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled many of the Lions Club’s big fundraisers, such as the fish fry and the annual carnival, Pittman said members wanted to do something to show the community it is still around.

“We thought, as people are starting to get out, it would be nice to let the community know we’re still doing our fundraisers. And we’re here if people want to come out and get a meal for themselves and for their families,” he said.

“And enjoy the Lion Burger, because we didn’t get to do the carnival this year and one of the big attractions is the Lion Burger.”

He said fellow member Joe Typer thought up the idea and the club decided to run with it.

This way of fundraising is a “first-time thing” for the club, Pittman said.

Members will be taking orders and barbecuing under the pavilion, donning masks and following physical distancing guidelines, he said.

There will be benches set up for anyone wanting to stay and eat, so long as they stick to the guidelines as well, he said. There is also ample room for people to picnic with their burgers as well, he said.

“People can bring a blanket, chairs or whatever, set up over the park because the park is beautiful and it's wide open. They can spread themselves out during the meal and go on their merry ways as well,” he said.

“It gives them a chance to talk and say hi to people, to keep their distance.”

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