HKSB News Release
June 2009, New York — With heavy hearts, the Garden City League for Helen Keller Services for the Blind (HKSB) held its annual and final meeting on June 8, 2009 at the Orchid Restaurant in Garden City.
At the event, co-presidents Irma Annunziato and Joy Losgar presented HKSB executive director John Lynch with a check for $4,000. The funds raised will be used towards camp sponsorships at Camp Helen Keller — a six-week free day camp for blind or visually impaired children ages 5 to 15 that is located on the campus of Farmingdale State College.
The Garden City League for HKSB was the oldest and last league to raise funds for the agency. The League was formed in May of 1961 and over the years has raised over $580,000 for Camp Helen Keller. Ann Wassmer, who had been the president of the Garden City League for HKSB for over 16 years until 2006, was present at the final meeting.
“The dedication of this group over the years has enabled our campers to enjoy a variety of recreational and educational activities that improved their self-esteem, self-confidence and socialization skills,” said Mr. Lynch. “These ladies have worked tirelessly over the years and we will miss them very much.”
Over the past 50 years there have been 12 Leagues raising funds for HKSB, including the Rockville Centre-Oceanside League, the Baldwin-Freeport League, the Huntington Burrwood League, the Manhasset Burrwood League, the South Shore Bay League, the Brooklyn League and the Manhattan League.
Photos: Co-presidents Joy Losgar and Irma Annunziato present the last League check to HKSB Executive Director John Lynch; League officers gather round for one final group shot. Behind co-president Joy Losgar are John Lynch and HKSB Asst. Exec. Director Lorraine LoCurto