Lake Ozark Mayor Johnnie Franzeskos has proclaimed Friday, May 24 as “Kiwanis Peanut Day at the Lake.”
The proclamation officially kicked off the Sixth Annual Kiwanis Peanut Day fund raising campaign, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Ozark Coast.
According to 2013 Peanut Day chairperson David Creel, “We have a great group of volunteers ready to raise funds for needy kids in the Lake area in exchange for a bag of delicious Kiwanis Peanuts.”
Kiwanians wearing bright orange vests will target the Horseshoe Bend Parkway (HH) and Bagnell Dam Boulevard intersection in Lake Ozark.
“We’ve already announced our pre-Peanut Day underwriting program, directed toward area businesses, to help offset the cost of the peanuts,” said Creel. “Any company which contributes $50 or more will get a 100-bag box of Kiwanis Peanuts. All proceeds will stay in the Lake area to benefit needy children and families.” Any organization interested in contributing can contact Creel at 573-723-7928.
Through all of their fundraising projects, the Kiwanis Club of Ozark Coast last year made contributions totaling more than $30,000 to such worthwhile local programs as CADV, Wonderland Camp, Hope House, Kids’ Harbor, Special Olympics, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the YMCA, Lake Regional Hospital Pediatrics Unit, Burns Recovery Support Group, various school programs, annual educational scholarships, and much more.
In addition, the Kiwanis Club has provided emergency assistance to children and families in need.
According to Creel, on May 24 contributors can give any amount in exchange for a bag of fresh Kiwanis Peanuts.
The Kiwanis Club of Ozark Coast has served Osage Beach, Lake Ozark, and surrounding areas since 1988. The Club meets every Thursday at noon at the Ozark Yacht Club off Bagnell Dam Boulevard in Lake Ozark.
For more information, see www.ozarkcoastkiwanis.org.