Lions Club Makes Awards to Six Local Charities

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Announcements

From left, McKeesport Lions Club member Tony Ura; Jim Brubaker of Pleasant Hills; Geno Tognarine of Clairton; Eileen Lennart of McKeesport; Bill Lowman of Pleasant Hills; Jessica Carnprobst; and McKeesport Lions Club member Bobbie Billsborrow. (All photos special to Tube City Almanac)


Six local charities providing services to people with limited or no vision received donations Tuesday night from the McKeesport Lions Club.

In a ceremony at the McKees Point Cafe, Downtown, outgoing Lions Club President Duane Turnbull presented checks to Jim Brubaker, representing the Pennsylvania Lions Sight Conservation and Eye Research Foundation; Eileen Lennart, representing the Carnegie Library of McKeesport; Geno Tognarine, representing Beacon Lodge Camp in Mifflin County; Jessica Carnprobst, representing Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children and Bill Lowman, representing Leader Dogs for the Blind.

Also receiving a donation from the McKeesport Lions Club was Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh.

The amounts of the donations were not disclosed. A Lions Club spokeswoman said the donations represent funds raised over the previous 12 months from sales of "Lions Mints," brooms and bags, as well as other remaining money not dispersed on a project.

Also Wednesday, the Lions Club installed two new members, Nancy Swope (left), who is receiving her Lions Club pin from her sponsor, Bobbie Billsborrow, and Josephine "Cookie" Moore, sponsored by Lions Club member Linda Povrik.

Incoming 2018-19 McKeesport Lions Club President Milan Washowich (left) was recognized by McKeesport Mayor Mike Cherepko for his 44 years of volunteer service with the Lions Club.

Other officers installed for 2018-19 include vice president Joe Clemente; secretary Annette James; treasurer Linda Povirk; "tail twister" (morale officer) Chuck Jarrell; and "lion tamer" (sergeant-at-arms) Bobbie Billsborrow.

Originally published June 13, 2018.

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