A local club’s big fundraiser is just around the corner.

The Ralston Lions Club’s annual chili feed is returning on March 13 at the Ralston Senior Center, 7301 Q St., from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

This is the 16th annual chili feed for the Ralston club, said Lions Club membership John Fifer.

After paying an entry fee, guests are welcome to chili, crackers, beverages and dessert. Fifer says that while the menu is small, there is some variety.

“We have chili, hot chili, and hot, hot chili,” he said with a laugh.

There will also be a live auction featuring Dave Shively and Mayor Don Groesser as the auctioneers. Both men are professional auctioneers.

Shively recently had his shoulder operated on and sustained a broken leg.

“I told Dave he could do it sitting in a chair if he’s feeling up to it,” Fifer said. “Dave is very good.”

Some of the prizes being offered in the auction this year are tickets to the Nebraska vs. Wyoming football game, framed editorial cartoons by Omaha World-Herald cartoonist Jeff Koterba, handcrafted pillows, uncirculated coins and artwork by local artists Deb Groesser, Frank Costanzo and Barbara Mitchell.

Auction items can also be donated. To donate an item, contact Fifer at 402-331-4372.

All proceeds from the chili feed will go toward various causes such as the Nebraska Lions Foundation and helping children in Ralston schools get eye exams and the correct glasses.

Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and under. Tickets can be purchased beforehand from any Lions Club member or the day of at the door.

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