The Markham Lions for many years have raised funds for Markham through several events. These funds are then given to citizens or organizations in Markham to support their
activities. This is a list of the major fund raising events
sponsored by the Markham Lions:
Markham Fair Food Booth
Every Lion in the organization, their spouses ,children and
sometimes grandchildren are involved in this major event. Occurring
in the weekend before Thanksgiving weekend, this activity entails
feeding the 40,000 + visitors to the Markham Fair over a four
day period. The menu consists of hamburgers, Lionburgers,cheeseburgers, hot
dogs, and soft drinks. This is a hectic activity that
is very organized and well managed after over 60 years of operation.
Every Victoria Day weekend and Canada Day weekend, the Markham
Lions sell a wide assortment of fireworks at the Markham
Village Community Centre parking lot.
Annual Flower Sales
Beginning in early April, the Markham Lions members begin their
house to house sale of 11 different bedding plants such as petunias
and impatience as well as 6 different hanging flower baskets. These plants
are then delivered in late May for planting. The reception by
the public has been exceptional and is one of the major means
of gaining exposure to the Markham citizens for the work that
we do in the community.
Pancake Breakfast at Wittamore Farm's Strawberry Festival
Every spring when strawberries begin to ripen, Jim Wittamore puts on a weekend Strawberry Festival at his Steeles Ave. farm where "pick your own" is the rule of the day. To attract the thousands of pickers, he puts on a festival complete with rides and games for the kids. In addition, he wants the people to enjoy the delight of eating strawberries so he invites the Markham Lions to cook and sell pancakes smoothered in strawberries with maple syrup on the side as a breakfast/lunch treat.