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Lions roar for charity

It was a case of “pirate radio” for a good cause on Wednesday, as members of the Greenville Lions took over the airwaves of Q-94 Radio from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the annual Lions Radio Day.

The sole fundraiser held by the civic organization, Radio Day gives sponsors a chance to have their ads and messages read on the radio by Lion volunteers, and the public a chance to win sponsor-donated prizes via the ever-popular trivia contest.

“We sold a total of 180 ads this year, and we certainly appreciate every business, office and individual who donated funds and prizes,” said Lion Ricky Cargile, who served as Trivia Master for the day.

The last three hours of the day provided callers with a chance to phone in their votes for the “Ugliest Man in Butler County” contest.

Competition was fierce, but Fort Dale Academy football coach James “Speed” Sampley proved the victor in the contest, with Dr. Frank Cain runner-up.

Sampley will get the honor of riding on the (porcelain) throne in the annual Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade.

The funds raised by the event will go to a number of sight-related charities, including Camp Seale Harris, Southeastern Guide Dogs for the Blind, vision screenings for the county’s elementary school children, exams, glasses and sight-saving surgery for indigent local citizens, and international efforts in sight conservation.