July 13 was a perfectly lovely summer day to celebrate Christmas in July, which is exactly what the Brunswick Centennial Lions Club did by hosting a fund raiser to benefit the Salvation Army.

For the second year, the Lions Club partnered with the Valley City Drug Mart at 5270 Marks Road, and Faith Walk Church, 1480 Pearl Road, Brunswick, for a combined picnic and car wash that was held in the parking lot of the Drug Mart Plaza. Every cent raised from the event went directly to support the work of the Salvation Army.

Store Manager Phil Kyker was pleased Drug Mart was able to support this activity for the second year. This actively community-minded store donated all the food, beverages, and products necessary for serving them. Of all the Drug Mart stores in the state, this particular location that opened only six years ago, is already ranked second in sales.

People in the area are familiar with Drug Mart's community outreach. Traffic in and out of the store was heavy, and many of the generous shoppers stopped to visit, enjoy a hot dog and cold beverage, and put a donation into the familiar red kettle.

Pastor Keith Herzing accompanied the youth group from Faith Walk Church (initially known as Plant Church) to the fund raising site where the teenagers washed cars for a steady stream of pleased drivers who complimented their fine work and willingly made a donation to the cause.

Santa Claus, aka Lion Ed Hutkey, came with the requisite white beard and Santa hat, but was otherwise comfortably dressed for an Ohio summer day in colorful, cool attire as he rang the Salvation Army bell and greeted customers entering and leaving the store. Other Lions working at the grill or serving visitors were Nancee Visintainer, Lisa Tokar, Jody Hutkey, Debbie Bollinger, and Ted Bliss.

The Brunswick Centennial Lions Club, so named because it was chartered in 2017, the year of the 100th anniversary of Lions Club International, is focused on serving the schools in the county, as well as adults needing supportive assistance.

The small but dedicated group of members raise money to support these causes with such activities as a flapjack fundraiser, collecting used eyeglasses for reuse, giving holiday gifts and food to families in need, acknowledging deserving young students and giving scholarships to high school seniors, partnering with groups such as the Oaks Family Care Center to support families, and, of course, the Christmas in July celebration.

On September 28, this Club will present a Poor Man's Raffle at WINGZ Sports Grill, 1061 Pearl Road (Hickory Ridge Plaza). For $20 guests will be treated to a buffet of pasta, pizza, wings, and chicken, salad, homemade pastries and non-alcoholic beverages (a cash bar will be available). There will be many chances to win cash and prizes with side boards and auctions.

For additional information or to buy tickets for this event, please contact Jody, 330-304-7817, or e-mail the address below.

The family-oriented, community-minded Brunswick Centennial Lions Club coordinates fund raising activities, fosters understanding among people around the world, promotes principles of good citizenship, and takes an active interest in the civic, cultural, social, and moral welfare of the community.

The Club is looking for others who share these values to join them in helping to serve Brunswick and Brunswick Hills Township. To learn more about the group and its goals, contact them at