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School for the Blind students to serve Feb 1 at Sapulpa Lion’s beans & chili dinner

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

SAPULPA, Okla. – Since 1952, the Sapulpa Lion’s Club members have prepared their family style beans and chili recipes for friends and neighbors who come back every year.

Twenty-five Oklahoma School for the Blind students will help serve at the annual fundraising dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 1 at Sapulpa First Baptist Church located at 124 S. Elm.

Students include seventh and eighth graders, high school students from the service learning class and members of OSB’s Family, Career and Community Leaders (FCCLA).

The Lions will cover the dinner hours from 5 to 7 p.m.

Nobody knows how long Oklahoma School for the Blind students have volunteered at the fundraiser. However, OSB administrators and Lions Club leaders agree that the event is great experience for students.

“At first when the students volunteer at the bean dinner, they’re kind of shy,” Sapulpa Lions Club’s Treasurer Wayne Neal said. “Some who have volunteered several years mentor the younger ones, and before you know it, the ones that have never done it before are filled with confidence.”

Two musicians from OSB’s award-winning Jazz Band will entertain during the lunch. Junior Richelle Zampella will play saxophone, while senior Gunner Harris will entertain on the trombone.

The Jazz Band won the Oklahoma state championship against other public schools in Class 2A in 2016.

OSB’s FCCLA will have cookbooks for sale with favorite recipes from OSB’s faculty, students, families and friends.

Rita Echelle, OSB superintendent said, “The Lions Club organization has been a tremendous asset for OSB. They provide monetary help as well as volunteers to promote the success of our school throughout the year.

“The bean supper is an opportunity for our students to give back to those who have helped them," Echelle explained. "Also, it is a great opportunity for service learning and social interaction for our students."

OSB is a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

For only $8, bean and chili supper guests get all they can eat of everything on the menu: chili and four kinds of beans -- the number one seller pinto -- plus navy, lima (or butter) beans, and black eyed peas, and, of course, cornbread, cole slaw, tea, coffee, milk and buttermilk.

For more information, contact Wayne Neal 918-695-8175 or

The Sapulpa Lions meet every Wednesday at noon at Steak and Eggs at 1121 E. Taft Street in Sapulpa.

Lions Clubs International is the largest service club organization in the world with 1.4 million members in 210 countries and geographic areas around the world. Since 1917, the organization has strengthened communities through humanitarian projects and hands-on service, including health programs that help children and adults with visual disabilities, hearing loss and diabetes.

Students from all over the state attend the Oklahoma School for the Blind, which offers a comprehensive curriculum meeting all state-mandated education requirements plus specialized instruction in braille, orientation and mobility, optimum use of low vision, adaptive equipment and technology, and tactile graphic skills. The school also provides free outreach services to students attending other public schools, their families and local school systems. For more information, phone 877-229-7136 or visit

Oklahoma School for the Blind students Nicholas Jackson-Morrison (Left) and Trinity Lewis serve guests at a previous Sapulpa Lions Club dinner.
For more information contact

Jody Harlan, Communications Director
office 405-951-3473 cell 405-203-1318

Last Modified on Jan 21, 2021
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