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Auto show helps fund vision care for those in need

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

The University Heights Lions Club’s annual auto show returned to First National Bank Arena this weekend.

“We have the best cars anywhere in the world because we are an indoor show,” Lions Club member Brad Barker said. “There are other shows even this weekend but I sure wouldn’t want to be outside. Our indoor show makes it a very attractive show to all of these great cars.”

It is the 29th year for the event.

All of the money earned at the auto show goes back into the community, mostly to help people with sight impairments.

“Most of the money will go to help people to get eyeglasses but we also support organizations that provide sight surgeries, hearing aids, guide dogs, training for the blind,” Barker said. “But most of this money will be spent locally to provide eyeglasses and sight care for those in need.”

Barker said Arkansas has a higher rate of blindness and sight problems than other parts of the country.

“And there are so many people in our area that are impoverished or don't have insurance,” Barker said. “So instead of ignoring the problem and hoping it went away, the Lions Club steps in to help them get their sight.”

The event usually raises between $15,000 and $20,000.

The show is open until 8 p.m. Saturday and again on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There are usually cars from several states on display. 

Barker said the only way their club can help people is by the community coming out to support them. 

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