Gala dinner dance at Dutchess Manor March 28

A gala dinner dance will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Cold Spring Lions charter and honor Lion Betty Budney and her dedicated family.

Tony Merando and the Crossroads Band will start up the music at 7 p.m. Friday, March 28, at the Dutchess Manor, and the dining and dancing will go on until 10 p.m. Tickets at $125 can be purchased on the Cold Spring Lions website or by sending a check to Cold Spring Lions, c/o Pam MacCluskey, P.O. Box 457, Garrison, NY 10524.

Mackey and Betty Budney
Mackey and Betty Budney

The Cold Spring Lions Club has been actively involved with the Philipstown Community, giving large donations to the restoration of the dock area, Tot Park, Haldane graduation knoll and many other local projects and scholarship programs. For many years, the club has collected eyeglasses and assisted the needy with eye exams and glasses, and has made contributions to Guiding Eyes for the Blind in Yorktown, Vacation Camp for the Blind, Sight First and other programs.

In the fall, CSL organized Strut Your Pup for Heeling Autism in an effort to increase public awareness of the use of service dogs for children with autism. New this year, CSL is collecting hearing aids for those who don’t have the funds to cover the costs of expensive amplification.

Betty Budney, one of the first women to join the Lions, chaired the Children’s Holiday Wish List and food basket program for many years. She and her late husband Mackey, along with Cathy Greenough, spent hours raising money, purchasing gifts and organizing distribution of gifts for the Children’s Wish List. She joined the Town Board January 1989 and has been on the council for more than 20 years. She has also served as past president of the Cold Spring Lions Club and as chair of the Lions See Committee, providing eyesight testing of Philipstown’s preschoolers.

Mackey Budney, a stalwart of the community and staunch supporter of the Lions Club, served in the Cold Spring Fire Company No. 1 for more than 60 years and was a member of the Board of Governors for over 30 years. He died in June 2013.

For more information on the dance, email Adele Stern at [email protected].

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