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Calendar >  The Lions Beat the Heat at Del Mar

The Lions Beat the Heat at Del Mar

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Shawn Hobson …DEL MAR – The thermometer reached 90 degrees in Vista on Sunday afternoon, but the Pride of Vista Lions Club avoided the hot, muggy weather by heading to the famed place where the surf meets the turf.

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Enjoying the day at the Del Mar Race Track  –  Photo By Philippe Carre

It was a comfortable temperature in the high 70s at the Del Mar racetrack, where the Lions Club held its annual fundraiser in the terrace shade of the stadium.

The Pride of Vista is a community service organization founded in 1992 under the umbrella of Lions Club International. The global parent is known for projects designed to prevent blindness and restore eyesight. The Pride of Vista—one of two Lions Clubs in the city—furthers that effort, providing eye exams and eyeglasses to Vista children who receive school nurse referrals, and to adults referred through local nonprofits.

Pride of Vista’s program has provided more than 700 eye exams to students and adults in the last dozen years.

Photos by Philippe Carre                  www.bountyphotographie.com

The late Trudy Grover started the group’s annual event at the Del Mar racetrack. This year, the Pride of Lions sold 48 tickets to the fundraiser. Attendees included club members and their friends.

“I’ve been dragging all my friends here,” Lions Club member Eleanor Hutchins said with a little chuckle. “That’s how I get them to show.”

The event may be a moneymaker for the club, but a couple of lucky bettors won some cash.

“I am $20 ahead,” said Mary Alice Tennison, who is not a member of the Lions but has taken part in the Del Mar fundraiser for about seven years. “It’s been great. I had a lot of fun.”

Her husband, Don Tennison, faired well—he cashed a $79 ticket after one of the races, thanks to a $20 exacta bet. But, like his wife, he comes for the camaraderie. The win is a bonus to a fun event.

“I enjoyed it,” Don Tennison said. “I’m just friends with the Lions.”

All the attendees seemed satisfied. “I had a great time,” Maxine Qualls said. “I won $8.”

As hot air balloons rose in the distance, Ron Hall, who is friends with some Pride of Vista club members, said he was up $25 after the penultimate race of the day.

Good company, scenic seats and a worthwhile fundraiser left everyone happy—including Hall’s wife Robyn, who said she was “down a couple of bucks” after her bets “tanked at the end.”

She found yet another reason to smile: “It’s nice to sit down and be in the shade,” Robyn Hall said.

Founding club president John McKinley said the fundraiser netted about $500 for the group.

The Pride of Lions Club serves the community in many other ways, too. It’s purchased dictionaries for Vista third grade students since 2003, and distributed roughly 1,000 books annually. The club also supports many scholarships.

For more information about the Pride of Vista Lions Club, visit the website: Pride of Vista Lions Club or

POVLions.org.

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