LISC K-Family Helps Key Club – Division 6 Raise $10,000 for the Foundation Fighting Blindness
The Kiwanis Clubs, Builders Clubs and Aktion Club of the Long Island South Central Division came out in force to support NYD Key Club – Division 6’s Spotlight 4 Sight (S4S) Talent Show to raise funds for the Foundation Fighting Blindness.
Key Club Lt. Governor Rickie Santer proposed the talent show in May after learning that his Divisional Secretary Katieanne Molloy was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). RP is a retinal disease that causes a loss of peripheral vision and can lead to total blindness.
Division 6 Key Club officers Catherine Porras, Robin Kornstein and Katieanne Molloy joined Lt. Governor Rickie to form the Spotlight 4 Sight committee. The committee identified the Foundation Fighting Blindness as the organization that would be the beneficiary of the proceeds of the talent show. The Foundation Fighting Blindness is currently funding research that is entering human clinical trials and holds the potential for a cure for retinal disease related blindness.
The committee held several pre-show fundraisers including a night at Coldstone Creamery, an S4S logo lapel pin sale and selling Keybill ads.
Despite torrential rains and local flooding nearly 300 people enjoyed 18 acts representing the LISC Division’s Builders Clubs, Key Clubs, Kiwanis Club and Aktion Club. The acts consisted of vocalists ranging from opera to country and show tunes to rap. Performers also included dancers, musicians, a comedian and a magician.
The show was hosted by the Spotlight 4 Sight Committee members. Rickie, Robin, Cat and Katie introduced each act with a short comedic skit and opened the second act by swing dancing.
Judging the talent were IPG Joe Corace, DPG John Gridley, PFL Rosemarie Gridley, SDPLG Mickie Leamey and LISC Lt. Governor Mary Burns. After careful deliberation the judges selected vocalist Dawn Bressinger of the Massapequa Kiwanis Club was the first place winner. Uniondale Key Club won second place and W. Tresper Clarke Key Club won third.
The audience was also invited to judge the acts in the People’s Choice competition. Audience members voted for their favorite act by making additional donations in containers marked for each act. The audience concurred with the distinguished panel of judges and selected Dawn Bressinger as their People’s Choice Award winner.
During the show, LISC Key Club Administrators Dave & Gail Cummo sold raffle tickets and Kiwanians from several clubs donated baked goods and candy for sale during intermission.
When the curtain closed the Key Club Spotlight 4 Sight Committee had raised $9,000. While this was a little short of their original $10,000 goal, the Key Clubbers were thrilled by the outstanding support they received from the K-Family clubs of the Long Island South Central Division.
Falling short of their goal didn’t deter the Key Clubbers. They continued to seek additional donations. In less than a week after the show, the Spotlight 4 Sight Committee had raised the shortfall and exceeded their goal of $10,000!!!
LTG Rickie, Robin, Katie and Cat were overwhelmed by the support they received from the LISC K-Family. “From performing to photography to baking to technical assistance, to financial donations to helping sell ads, the LISC K-family demonstrated what K-Family relations is all about. It is about caring people of different ages coming together to make a difference and change the world,” added Spotlight 4 Sight Committee Chair Rickie Santer.