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Donna Jackman organizes Lions Club's 'Kiss-a-Pig' fundraiser

November 25, 2009

District 22W of Lions Clubs International, which extends from Carroll County westward through Garrett County, recently held a "Kiss-a-Pig" contest.

This is an annual event and was held in conjunction with the Frederick Diabetes Walk in Baker Park on Oct. 11.

Participants in the contest registered several months ago and solicited funds by any means possible.

The winner was the Lion who collected the most money; that Lion kissed the nose of the pig. The loser was the Lion who collected the least money; that Lion kissed "the other end."

The event was organized by Lion Donna Jackman of the West Hagerstown Club who is the District 22W Diabetes Awareness Committee Chair. She explained that the reason a pig is used is because the first breakthrough to treat diabetics and provide them with a reasonable normal life came from the discovery of insulin which was produced from the pancreas of a pig.

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Thus the pig is honored for its roll in helping treat diabetes.

The proceeds from the event will be used to further research in finding a cure for this killer disease which is responsible for a majority of blindness and low vision in the United States.

Lion Donna set a goal of $12,000 for this event and vowed to kiss the "other end" if the goal was not achieved. She won the honor of kissing the pig.

Contestants were District Gov. Bob Disinger, 1st Vice District Gov. Dick Liebno, 2nd Vice District Gov. Steve Finger, Cabinet Secretary Paul Cannada, Cabinet Treasurer Don Bartgis, Lion Carol Ann Alphin from the Long Meadow Lions Club, Lion Tom Harney of the Taylorsville-Winfield Lions Club and Lioness Donna Pitsnogle of the Hagerstown Lioness Club.

The winner this year was Lion Tom Harney of the Taylorsville-Winfield Club; the loser was 1st VDG Dick Liebno.

All participants had the opportunity to kiss the pig.

To learn more about Lions helping to find a cure for diabetes, contact Lion Donna Jackman at dsjlbj@verizon.net.

To learn more about Lions Clubs in the community and how you can join the largest service organization in the world with 1.3 million men and women, go to www.District22WLions.org.

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