73rd Annual Danville Lions Raccoon Dinner

Monday, February 6, 2017

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 continue to honor the memory of fallen Danville Police Officer Thomas Cottrell by establishing a scholarship fund for Officer Cottrell's three daughters.  Officer Cottrell was killed while on duty on January 17, 2016.  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 master storyteller, Bob Welsh.  He is a motivational and inspirational speaker with a lifetime of personal experiences.  He served a tour of duty in the U.S. Navy, followed by a 29-year career as an Ohio State Trooper.  He was tactical commander of the Patrol's elite special response team.  Bob is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, and has authored two books. He has shared his stories for every conceivable audience, as well as around campfires across the nation, for over 40 years.  So . . . relax and enjoy Bob's heart warming, humorous, educational, and enjoyable presentation.

BobWelsh21Raccoon 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

Bob Welsh 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 (TBD).  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.