Fund Raisers
El Paso Downtown Lions Club

HISTORY DINNER WITH THE MINERS

An awards banquet is held annually in the spring. The "Dinner with the Miners"
was initiated in 1974 as a civic project by the El Paso Downtown Lions Club.  It  
was inspired by PP John Phelan and was originally designed to honor the
football team and its coaches.  Project chairman Lion Fred Witt, along with
Lions Paul Berry, Bill Littlefied and Vic Blanco, organized the first of what has
now become an annual event.  The scope of the "Dinner"  was expanded
during 1977 to include all University athletes and coaches.  That year
presented the first net proceeds of $389.71 from the dinner to the University's
Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

In 1979, based upon a recommendation from Lions Paul Berry, Bill Littlefield,
Joe  Wilson, and  Fred Witt, the Downtown Lions Club voted to establish a
memorial endowment with the University of Texas System.  Accrued surplus
monies in the amount of $10,000 were designated for this project and
"The El
Paso Downtown Lions Memorial Endowment Fund"
was established in
1980. PP Lion Jim Peak was instrumental in establishing this fund.  It was
created by the monies donated by the estates of deceased Lions members
and families. Thanks to the support of the business community and Miner fans,
the Fund reached $100,000 during 1993.

The Downtown Lions Club, in keeping with the commitment to education and
UTEP, and as a fitting tribute to Lion PP John Phelan, the individual who
originally inspired this program, voted to establish a second memorial fund
during 1993.  During January 1994, in a ceremony attended by Lion PP Phelan
and UTEP President Diana Natalicio, "
The Downtown Lions/John Phelan
Endowed Athletic Scholarship Fund
" was created as a  second permanent
endowment. Fifty percent of the earnings are used for scholarships. With
continued support these funds have matured to over $500,000.00.



ON GOING FUNDRAISERS
The Golf Tournament is held to raise funds primarily for
transportation for children with disabilities to attend the

Texas
Lions Camp and secondarily to support other Lion
Charities.  
Lion Susan presents a check of $487  
from  the Funding Factory for  the
cartridges and cell phones we have
sent in
. Lions collect and ship used
inkjet/laser cartridges & cell phones
to the
Funding Factory.

We appreciate all donations - if you
would like a box
or to set up an account to have us
pick up your donations,
contact
Susan Driscoll (915) 539-6834
Dinner with the Miners.