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Raise a pint for sight at Oktoberfest fundraiser

Two service clubs in the Tualatin area are teaming up for a festive fundraiser this month.

The Tualatin Lions Club is holding its annual Oktoberfest at the Tualatin Valley Elks Lodge, located at 8350 S.W. Warm Springs Street, Tualatin.

“This is kind of the marquee fundraiser for our organization,” said Brad King of the Lions Club.

Oktoberfest at the Elks Lodge will run from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 17. Dinner tickets are $10 per person or $25 per family of four.

Attendees will be presented with a hearty meal of sausage, sauerkraut and German-style fries — what King, who speaks German himself, described as “a very authentic German fest-type meal” — and a dessert of succulent apple cake that King is not shy about promoting.

“Everybody in our club thinks it's just a great big winner,” he said.

There will also be some musical accompaniment, courtesy of Victor Meindl, an accordionist from West Linn.

And, of course, the Elks Lodge's bar will be open, serving beer, wine, cocktails and soft drinks, King said. Dutch Bros. is also providing coffee for the event.

The Lions will be donating proceeds to their Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation and other community programs, while the Elks will be donating their bar proceeds to the Casey Eye Institute, King said.

The Lions Club is hoping to raise $2,500 to $3,000 from Oktoberfest, according to King.

“That just helps us help more people,” he said.

The event's main sponsor is Gramor Development. Several other local businesses are also chipping in to provide raffle prizes, King added.

“We get a lot of good support from the folks in Tualatin for our raffle prizes,” he said.

To inquire about purchasing dinner or raffle tickets, contact tualatinlions@gmail.com.