Mix a community acutely aware of its handicapped children’s needs with an active Lions club then add a grant from the Brandel-Murphy Youth Foundation and you get the Miracle League Playground built to provide access to children of all abilities. It becomes readily apparent when you see hundreds of kids enjoying the sensory, exercise and therapy components all the while having safe and clean fun.
Much thanks goes to the Foundation for making the lives of our most vulnerable citizens a true joy to live, love and play! Lion Tom Witkowski
Recognizing the need to provide fresh produce for their local food pantry, the Cooperstown Lions Club recieved a BMYF grant to expand an existing garden behind the elementary school. By providing additional raised beds and building a gazebo the Lions have partnered with the local community and enlisted the help of young people as they strive to serve the less fortunate.
A garden that keeps growing! This project is a great example of how public and private partnerships can work to foster education in the natural sciences. This project will help children better understand the importance of our environment and how to be a part of the solution where problems exist. Pictured below is PDG Norm Alpern presenting a $2,500 check to the Valley Stream Lions Club to match their contribution to the project.
The Upstate Children’s Hospital has a new Pediatric Emergency Room Conference Room donated by the Lions of District 20-Y1 and supported by a Brandel-Murphy Youth Foundation Grant.
In this room, they are having group conferences with doctors and families to discuss the patient’s medical needs and are having weekly pediatric staff meetings. The Pediatric Emergency Department sees approximately 27,000 children and adolescents annually, ranging in age from 1 day to 18 years old throughout the 19-county region of New York. I wanted to choose something close to my heart. I chose this project for our two nieces who spent many months at the Boston Children’s Hospital. Thank you for your generous donation.
PDG Anthony Paradiso watches on as the youth in Floral Park enjoy their new Lions Water Fountain!
The Lions of District 20-O helped their community by providing a beautiful "Lion Water Fountain" in the local Town of Dover park. It looks just like the photograph above for Floral Park.
On July 20th 2016 the Grand Island Lions Club held their 58th annual "Special Kids Picnic" on the grounds of the Buffalo Launch Club. More than one thousand children with special needs and their caregivers were treated to a day of fun that included pony rides, boat rides, Shriner Mini Kar rides, face painting and entertainment by Step in Time Baton Dancers. The Grand Island Fire Company had two vehicles on display. Sabretooth from the Buffalo Sabres, the Grand Island Lions Mascot, magicians and Pringles the Clown, milled through the crowd and engaged the children. Lunch included hot dogs, hamburgers, soda and popcorn.
In a separate Grant proposal, the Grand Island Lions were able to build a baseball field in their local park.
Zone Chair Jason Tabor from Cooperstown (right) receives his grant check from Foundation District Coordinator Joe Defina of Rome. The grant has been matched with contributions from each Lions Club in the zone, as well as some local donations to purchase a new camera for the zone to perform vision screenings.