Lions Club volunteers raise money during Masters Week

Augusta National Golf Club (WFXG) - Masters Week is the biggest event in Augusta and it's also the biggest fundraiser for the National Hills Lions Club.

The organization collects money from patrons who choose to park in the Pep Boys parking lot on Washington Rd.

The money goes to support their initiatives to help blind and deaf children and while it's just a small $20 fee for patrons to park in the lot, the Lions Club says that all adds up throughout the week.

Augusta National offers free parking but those spots can go quickly.

The Pep Boys and Jiffy Lube on Washington Road aren't that far from the main gates, so it is a convenient location.

Pep Boys and Jiffy Lube don't get much business during this week - in fact Jiffy Lube closes during Masters Week - so that's why the stores have been graciously donating their spots to the Lions Club for several years.

The proceeds of these $20 spots can and will send anywhere from 150 to 170 blind children each year to camps for the blind.

"Being our most successful fundraiser for the various charities that we support, we have our volunteer members are here, practically from 6:30 in the morning until about 4 in the afternoon, letting the guests here have places to park," said Joseph Griffin, a Lions Club Volunteer.

The Lions Club expects to collect about $1500 by the end of Masters Week.