The Bel Air Lions Club has run into another snag with delivery of its Christmas trees, but says they’ll be open for business on Sunday.
By Erika Butler
Nov 23, 2018 | 8:35 PM
“We expect people to be lined up for them, so we don’t know how long they’ll last,” he said.
The annual tree sale is a popular and beneficial fundraiser for the Lions Club. But this year the club has had difficulty securing enough trees, largely due to the extreme wet weather that struck along the East Coast.
Club members called dozens of growers from North Carolina, where the first shipment of trees came from, to Pennsylvania.
“They’re all in the same boat. What trees they can get are already promised,” he said.
The stands are all set up for the annual Bel Air Lions Christmas tree sale, but the trees are missing. Growers in North Carolina haven't been able to cut and ship the trees because of all the rain this fall in the mountain growing region.
Last year the club sold 1,500 trees and this year was hoping to sell 1,700, so the shortage is going to result in a financial hit. The Lions plan to make around $25,000 from their tree sales each year, he said.
“This year maybe we’ll get a third of that,” he said.
Unfortunately, he said, that means the club will have to tighten its belt in terms of the donations it makes to community groups.
“Some organizations and groups we usually help we won’t be able to help this year,” he said. “Obviously that takes a toll.”
Meanwhile, while it’s not expected to offset the tree sales, the Lions Club is trying something new in 2019 — hosting its first Bubble Soccer tournament, scheduled for Saturday, April 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Arena Club in Churchville.
Sixteen teams will raise money to participate and compete — five people to a team, with three on the field at each time. The winning team will receive a price, Guzewich said. For more information, visit the Bel Air Lions Club Facebook page.