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Conservation Dinner is Thursday, April 20, 2023

Thursday, April 20, 2023
The Conservation Dinner is in person in 2023.


Conservation Dinner is Thursday, April 20, 2023

Conservation Dinner returns in 2023 as live in-person event after two years of online auctions; Organizers announce tickets available
The Conservation Dinner Committee has announced the Conservation Dinner is to be in person in 2023 after two years of holding the event as an online virtual auction. 

“We are extremely excited to be returning to a live auction and dinner in 2023,” said Dave Frayne, Chair of the Conservation Dinner Committee. “We appreciate the support of the public during the two years of online auctions but it will be wonderful to see people in person again and to enjoy the fellowship of the Conservation Dinner.”

Tickets are now available for purchase, according to organizers. Tickets are $100 each. Patrons receive a charitable gift receipt, for income tax purposes, for a portion of that amount. 

The Conservation Dinner takes place on Thursday, April 20, 2023 at South Huron Recreation Centre at 94 Victoria Street East in Exeter. 

“This is one of the most enjoyable events of the year,” said the Committee Chair. 

There have been 30 Conservation Dinners in person since 1990 and two virtual Conservation Dinners in 2021 and 2022. 

The Conservation Dinner auction event has raised more than $1.285 million for the community over 32 years.

To buy tickets, or to donate to the 2023 Conservation Dinner, phone 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or email or visit the Ausable Bayfield Conservation office east of Exeter at 71108 Morrison Line (just south of Highway 83).

Find out more at and the Ausable Bayfield Conservation website

About the Conservation Dinner

The Conservation Dinner is a gala charitable auction and dinner. It started in 1990. The event has raised more than $1.285 million over more than three decades for projects in local communities. These projects include accessible nature trails in Bayfield, Clinton, Parkhill, Lucan, Arkona, Exeter, and Varna; making it possible for more students to experience outdoor nature education; a $1,000 student environmental bursary benefitting students in local communities; a summer job at Ausable Bayfield Conservation for a senior secondary school student; turtle monitoring and events in Port Franks and Ailsa Craig; aquatic habitat studies in Old Ausable Channel, Grand Bend; and projects like nature day camps, fishing derby and Owl Prowl, and parks and conservation areas.

The Exeter Lions Club has been co-partner, with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation and the watershed community, on the Dinner since 1991. Net profits are split 50-50 between community conservation projects of the Conservation Foundation and community conservation projects of the Exeter Lions Club.

The annual charitable event features live and silent auctions of art and other distinctive items including travel packages and sports and entertainment memorabilia. The Dinner also includes special raffles, general raffles, appetizers, wine tasting, fun and fellowship, and a wonderful meal. 

The Conservation Dinner Committee thanks all the donors, patrons and guests, and volunteers who have made the event a success both in person and, during 2021 and 2022, online. The committee also thanks all the creative people who have been feature artists over the year in media ranging from paintings to ice sculptures to quilting to metal art to culinary arts to other creative disciplines.

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