Palmerton Lions Club will present eight monetary donations to area nonprofit organizations at "Community Spirit Night on Monday, May 7.

The awards will be presented at a special dinner at the Fireline Hotel in Bowmanstown. Recipients include: Aquashicola Fire Company, Blue Ridge Toy and Food Drive, Dream Come True - Blue Ridge Chapter, Palmerton Community Ambulance, Palmerton Fire Company, Palmerton Library, Palmerton Meals on Wheels and Towamensing Township Fire Company.

According to club president, George Unangst, "Money raised at the club's waffle and ice cream stand at the Carbon County Fair held each August, the Palmerton Community Festival held each September and the bingo and basket raffle held each November, enables the Palmerton Lions to give back to the community we serve, while meeting the pressing needs of several nonprofit organizations."

Unangst said that these monetary awards are particularly important at a time when cuts in state and federal funding have made a significant impact on the ability of these community organizations to survive. Providing these monetary awards allows the club to make a difference in the community.

In addition to the monetary awards being given at Community Spirit Night, the Community Volunteer of the Year will also be named.

The Palmerton Lions Club has 38 members and meets on the first Monday of each month at the Palmerton Library on Delaware Avenue in Palmerton at 7 p.m. and the third Monday of each month at the Fireline Hotel.

For more information or to get involved with the Palmerton Area Lions Club, contact Nick Hawkey at (610) 824-6490.