by Dennis Dalman
The Y2K Lions in St. Joseph have lost their “Brat Sale” signs to thieves, and they want them back.
If the culprits return the signs, there will be no questions asked and no charges filed. The person or persons who took the signs can return them to the north side of the parish-house garage by the St. Joseph Catholic Church in downtown St. Joseph. They should then call 363-7306 to let the Lions know the signs are ready to be picked up there.
Delrose Fischer, one of the founding members of the Y2K Lions and now its treasurer, was very disheartened when she learned of the theft of the signs. They are vital, she said, to letting people know about the Y2K Lions brat sales at the St. Joseph Meat Market.
On one weekend a month, from April through September, the Y2K Lions hold a brat sale at the market to raise funds for many good causes.
Stolen were six signs 42 inches high and 34 inches wide. They are bright blue with yellow lettering that says: “St. Joseph Y2K Lions. BRAT SALE – at St. Joe Meat Market.” The signs had been placed strategically around town to remind people and visitors to the city of the brat sale. All six signs were stolen Saturday, Sept. 29 sometime after 6 p.m.
The brat-sale proceeds are used by the Y2K Lions to give money to the following causes: Eye Bank, Children’s Eye Bank, Hearing and Service Dogs, Hearing Foundation and Children’s Clinic, Diabetes Foundation, Project New Hope (a retreat for returning veterans and their families), Leader Dog, Miracle Field (a ball field for the physically disabled near Whitney Senior Center), the St. Joseph Area Community Food Shelf, the Cerebral Palsy Halloween Party, Wings of Mercy (air transportation to hospitals for those who can’t afford it) and a thermal imaging camera for the St. Joseph Fire Department.
The Y2K Lions was founded in 2000 – thus, its name. It now has 33 active members.