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Lions' golf tournament to aid diabetes association

Six Lions clubs from District 22W - Deer Park, Freedom District, Greater Carroll, Roaring Run, South Carroll and Taylorsville-Winfield - are sponsoring the 13th Annual Zone III Golf Tournament to benefit the American Diabetes Association and the Lions Saving Kids Sight Foundation.

The event will be held May 22 at Quail Valley Golf Club, 900 Teeter Road, Littlestown, Pennsylvania. This course is a new venue for the Lions' tournament.

The $80 fee per golfer includes a continental breakfast; green fees and cart for 18 holes; a gift bag for every golfer; first-, second- and third-place team prizes; beer and soda provided on the course; and lunch served and prizes awarded in the clubhouse following the tournament.

There will also be a hole-in-one contest, with the prize being a 2014 Chevrolet, sponsored by Jeff Barnes Chevrolet in Eldersburg.

Door prizes and sponsors are still welcomed.

Funds raised will be divided between efforts to halt a leading cause of blindness, diabetes and a Lions project to identify vision problems in preschool children. Last year's tournament resulted in more than $9,000 being donated to the American Diabetes Association and the Lions Saving Kids Sight Foundation.

Programs such as Lions Saving Kids Sight have helped screen more than 60,000 preschool-age children in Maryland for amblyopia and strabismus. More than 2,500 of them were referred for professional follow-up eye exams.

Funding provided by the Lions ensures that the preschool vision screening program continues as a viable community-based program. Lions support local and wide-scale efforts to control and prevent diabetes and diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of vision loss in U.S. adults.

For more information about the tournament, call the event chair, Laura Ganske, at 410-848-2371 or e-mail lauraganske@msn.com.

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