Cuba Lions purchase new trailer thanks to grant funding

The Cuba Lions Club will be serving up barbecue dinner plates out of a new trailer this Memorial Day weekend, thanks to a $7,500 grant from Insurance Center of Cuba and its partner, MutualAid eXchange (MAX) Insurance.

The club was able to purchase its new concessions trailer from Flying A Motorsports, after receiving the grant from MAX Insurance, as part of its Mutual Aid Ministries program, which offers grants for disaster relief and community service projects. The trailer will be utilized by the Lions Club to help raise funds for area charities, as well as the club’s vision testing program for children.

“With this new trailer, the Lions Club will be able to continue providing needed funds to a wide range of charities and programs that serve Cuba and the surrounding areas,” said Club President Mike Maurer. “We are deeply grateful to the Insurance Center of Cuba and MAX Insurance for this generous gift. They are truly our partners in serving the Cuba community.”

“We are proud to help make Cuba a stronger community,” added David VanderWerf, a co-owner of Insurance Center of Cuba, along with Ashley Copeland. He also serves as vice-president of the Cuba Lions Club. “The Lions Club does great work. That’s why we wanted to help them get a new concession trailer. We reached out to our friends at MAX Insurance who have a grant program to help agents like us make positive contributions in our communities. They were enthusiastic about helping.”

MAX Insurance agent Mark Files assisted with the grant request, and he attended Monday’s Lions Club meeting to present the $7,500 check in person. Files said MAX Insurance has assisted other Missouri Lions Clubs in the past, and it was little surprise to him that the Cuba club would see their grant wish fulfilled. “I’ve got a lot of Lions in my own family, so this is something that hits home with me in a personal way,” explained Files. “This trailer is going to be a real blessing to the club and to your entire community. We appreciate having the opportunity to help clubs such as yours and to give back to small communities like Cuba.”

Lions members noted how much the new trailer is needed, as the one being retired is over 30 years old and wearing out. The new trailer equipment will be used for a variety of club needs, including concessions sales, public relations and promotional events, eye screenings, recruiting efforts, and more.

MAX prides itself as being a fair, faithful and socially responsible insurance enterprise that is founded on religious principles. Headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas, it carries out its mission of caring through the Mutual Aid Ministries program, donating a portion of revenues to the ministries program which, in turn, provides grants to families in need, as well as community charities in the areas it serves.

“We partner with our local agents across the country to identify and support worthwhile community programs,” said David Wine, MAX Insurance president and CEO. “Insurance Center of Cuba told us about this Lions Club project, and we were happy to partner with them to make it a reality.” 

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