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Oklahoma School for the Blind students to serve at Sapulpa Lions Bean Dinner

Thursday, January 23, 2020

SAPULPA, Okla. – Don't miss out on the Sapulpa Lions Club Bean Dinner on Jan. 30 at the Sapulpa First Baptist Church located at 124 S. Elm where Oklahoma School for the Blind students will be serving the public. The Sapulpa Lions Club members have prepared their family style beans and chili recipes that have kept friends and neighbors coming back to their annual dinners every year since 1952.

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.

Approximately 29 middle and high school OSB students will help serve from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. These students are in middle school, the service learning class and members of OSB’s Family, Career and Community Leaders (FCCLA). OSB has long been committed to this organization and this event, students started volunteering for the fundraiser in 2011.

“We really appreciate the Sapulpa Lions Club,” Rita Echelle, OSB superintendent, said. "Throughout the years, they have been so supportive of our school and our students.

“The money they have raised and donated to us has benefited OSB sponsored events such as Cane Quest and Braille Challenge. Volunteering at this event not only gives back to the Sapulpa Lions but also provides opportunities for service learning and social interaction for our students."

OSB's Gleeful Ringers will perform during lunch to entertain all those who come. These students will perform both vocal and handbell music.

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

“Our dinner is all you can eat family style,” Stella Neal, one of the Sapulpa Lions Club directors, said. “You can come and get your stomachs full, plus enjoy the entertainment from the School for the Blind musicians.”

Contact Wayne Neal at or 918-695-8175 for more information about the Sapulpa Lions Club and the bean and chili dinner.

The Sapulpa Lions Club meets every Wednesday at noon at Steak and Eggs at 1121 E. Taft Street in Sapulpa. Lions Clubs International is the largest volunteer service organization in the world with 1.7 million members. The Lions have raised more than $415 million to provide surgeries, improve of hundreds of eye care facilities and train thousands of eye care professionals.

Their SightFirst program builds comprehensive eye care systems to fight the major causes of blindness and care for blind and visually impaired persons. The Sapulpa Lions Club has a specialized camera that allows them to do eye screenings. They have screened students at Sapulpa schools and are available to screen others. For more information about the Sapulpa Lions Club, visit

OSB is a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services. 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 educators. For more information, phone 877-229-7136 or visit

At last year's Sapulpa Lions Club Bean Dinner, the OSB students learned to give back to their community and help raise money for their school.
For more information contact

Dana Tallon, Communications Manager
405 568-1404

Last Modified on Jun 08, 2022
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