72nd Annual Danville Lions Raccoon Dinner

Monday, February 1, 2016

In February of 1944, Clyde Banbury and Clyde Cornell started the first Raccoon Dinner. It was held in Clyde Banbury's basement with 30 in attendance. As the event evolved, speakers were included as part of the program. Most notable and outstanding include former Governor of Ohio Jim Rhodes and OSU Coach Woody Hayes.

cottrellThis year, the Danville Lions Club will honor the memory of fallen Danville Police Officer Thomas Cottrell by establishing a scholarship fund for Officer Cottrell's children.  Net proceeds from the Raccoon Dinner, as well as the from the gun and 50/50 raffle, will all go toward this special scholarship.

Since its beginning in 1939, the Danville Lions Club has truly lived up to the Lions motto "We Serve."  They have sponsored and facilitated hundreds of fundraising events and service projects to help the Danville area community and its citizens.  The Danville Lions Club is proud to serve and support the education of Officer Cottrell's children by establishing this scholarship fund in his honor.

This year's guest speaker is OSU and pro-football great, Bobby Carpenter.  Carpenter was a first team All-Ohio football player in high school and was in the National Honor Society.  He was a linebacker in college at The Ohio State University, where he was a four year letterman, 3 year starter, 3rd team All-American, and played on the OSU national championship team in 2002.  Twice, he received the Randy Gradishar Linebacker of the Year Award.  He graduated from OSU in 2006 with a degree in business and in that same year, he was drafted in the first round of the NFL draft by the Dallas Cowboys.  He played for the Cowboys, the Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, and New England Patriots.  His father, Rob Carpenter, also played int he NFL for ten years.

carpenterBobby is co-host of a local sports radio show, works with 2nd graders to help promote literacy, works with football players where he wen to high school and at The Ohio State University by mentoring them and assisting in player and personal development . . . in addition to giving motivational speeches.  Bobby is happily married and has two young children.

Raccoon is served as the entree coupled with a full course setting of mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, raccoon gravy, cake, and a generous serving of fresh homemade cornbread. The participants come from all over the United States and Canada to attend this famous event.

The Raccoon Dinner is held at St. Luke's Community Center (7 West Rambo Street, Danville), followed by the special guest speaker program across the street in the Danville High School Auditorium.

Dinner is served continuously from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (or until the raccoon runs out)

Devil Land Jazz Band will perform beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the High School auditorium

Bobby Carpenter will begin his program at 7:30 p.m.

Cost of Dinner: $11 for adults, $8 for children

Program Ticket: DONATION

50/50 Drawings will be held every half-hour, and there will be a raffle for a 45-70 Lever Action Octagon Henry Rifle, H010B (must be 18-years or older).  Raffle tickets may be purchased at the door.  Net proceeds from both raffle drawings will be put into the scholarship fund for fallen Danville Police Officer Thomas Cottrell's children.