The folks at the Denair Lions Club are always looking for ways to give back to those in need in their city and the surrounding area. This month, one of their projects is hitting closer to home than most.
For over a month, Jordan Hall of Denair has been at Stanford Medical Center, where he received a liver transplant and is currently in the stages of recovery. Hall is the son-in-law of Doug Repetto, former Denair Lions president and Denair Fire Department volunteer of over 20 years.
Hall and his wife, Renee, have two children together. To support them as they continue on the road to recovery at Stanford, the Denair Lions and Denair Fire Department are coming together to host a pair of fundraisers later this month.
On Oct. 20, the Lions will be hosting their annual golf tournament at Rancho Del Rey Golf Club in Atwater. The next day from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., the Denair Fire will help put on a tri-tip dinner fundraiser at the Denair Community Center. All proceeds from each event will go directly to the Hall family.
While the golf fundraiser is an annual event, the idea to host an additional fundraiser on top of it came from Lions member Joel Sanders, who is a friend of the Repetto family.
“I’ve known the Repettos for many years, and so do many of the people in the community, Lions members and fire department members who all worked with her dad when he volunteered. I just brought it up and said, ‘Hey, let's try to do a dinner the next day and see if we can find some more money for them,’” Sanders explained.
“He’s been in Stanford, so he's off of work, Renee’s over there the majority of the time, so she’s off of work, too. They have two kids. They need the support, and that’s what we do with our club.”
Chris Jamero of the Denair Lions serves as chair of the annual golf tournament. He explained that the tournament is always dedicated to helping a family in the area and shared similar sentiments as Sanders.
“That's kind of what the Lions Club is all about,” Jamero said. “When we see someone in our community in need, we help them.”
The golf tournament has quickly sold out, but Jamero is still looking to add to the nearly 30 hole sponsors he has recruited. Those interested in sponsoring a hole can do so by calling Jamero at (209) 620-3889 or emailing him at LionChrisJamero@gmail.com.
“If we can add a few more sponsors and raise a couple extra bucks for the family, we’re going to try to do it,” said Jamero.
Meanwhile, the Lions and firefighters are looking to sell as many tri-tip dinners as possible. Each meal is $50 and can feed a group of four to six people. It includes a whole tri-tip, one quart of beans, a bag of salad, rolls and cookies. Dinner tickets can be purchased at www.DenairFirefighters.com.