Coon Rapids club expands partnership with MGM liquor store

Coon Rapids Lions Club has announced the start of a new charitable gambling operation at MGM Liquor Warehouse in Coon Rapids.

The club and the business have been longtime partners with the wine and epicurean delights extravaganza held annually in February the past four years.

This new charitable gambling enterprise between the two strengthens an already solid relationship, according to Lyle Goff, public relations, Coon Rapids Lions Club.

Opening a charitable gambling site at MGM Liquor Warehouse is not only a new location for the club, but this operation offers gaming that has not been tried in the past by the Lions, Goff said.

This new gaming site features a pull-tab dispensing machine, similar to the lottery scratch-off game machines seen in various locations throughout the area, he said.

Pull-tabs can be purchased from the machine and winning tickets can be cashed in with the MGM Liquor Warehouse staff on-site, Goff said.

“Proceeds from the pull-tab ticket sales will be used by the Lions to financially support their charitable projects and events held in the community every year,” he said.

These proceeds will be combined with those generated at the Coon Rapids Lions two other charitable gaming locations, Chasers Lounge at Classic Bowl and The Harvest Grill at Bunker Hills Golf Course, to help the club assist such worthwhile causes as the ACBC Food Shelf, Element Teen Center, Alexandra House, Scouting, Can-Do Canines, Stepping Stone Emergency Housing and Feed My Starving Children, according to Goff.

“This unique and new operation hopes to be a hit with supporters of the Lions who also are patrons of MGM Liquor Warehouse,” Goff said.

“Both the club and the business wish this new partnership will be a long and successful one.

“Everyone is encouraged to stop by the store and check out the new and fun way you can help out your community.”

Since the club’s chartering in 1954, members have supported the citizens of Coon Rapids both monetarily and through volunteer service.

For nearly 60 years, the Lions have worked on a variety of projects in the local community, such as the Books for BANGO book-giveaway program held in nine public elementary schools in this area each year and the annual Hooked on Fishing, Not Drugs fishing clinic each May at the Coon Rapids Dam.

Proceeds from past fundraising events have gone to scholarships presented to students at Coon Rapids High School, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Anoka Technical College and Northwest Passage Charter High School, in addition to supporting youth and community activities throughout the year in Coon Rapids.

The club is currently continuing to serve others through its Recycle for Sight eyeglasses and hearing aids collections at various locations throughout Coon Rapids and supporting health screenings at Coon Rapids High School.

The club meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m., with the meetings held on the second Wednesday taking place at the Coon Rapids VFW on Coon Rapids Boulevard.

Lions clubs are a group of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs.

For more information or to get involved with the club, contact Dan Janish at 612-558-2851, visit the club’s website at or checkout the club’s Facebook page.

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