HKSB News Release
September 20, 2011, New York —On September 15th, Helen Keller Services for the Blind held its 35th Anniversary Sound & Light Gala, honoring the best that Long Island has to offer. Catered by Abigail Kirsch, the event was held at Stage 6 at Steiner Studios in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
The evening began with a wine-tasting reception featuring Osprey Dominion Vineyards (known for being the first to use windmill energy); Castello di Borghese (Long Island’s oldest and most renowned vineyard); and Long Island Spirits, the latest addition to Long Island’s wine country—featuring a variety of vodkas made with local Long Island potatoes. Renowned illusionist Ryan Oakes provided entertainment throughout the evening.
“We wanted to highlight Long Island for a number of reasons this year,” said Tom Edwards, President and CEO of HKSB. “As other service agencies shut down or relocate, we wanted to remind people that we’re still providing services and resources to the residents of Long Island. For more than 100 years we have been providing the residents of Long Island with a full program of services for those among us who live with blindness, deaf-blindness, or visual impairment. Last year we were able to help thousands of people of all ages. And we were able to do this because of people like this year’s honorees, the members of the Edward Smith Mineola Lions Club.”
Since its founding in 1952, the Edward Smith Mineola Lions Club has contributed funds and volunteer hours to charities that benefit the blind and help individuals who are susceptible to becoming blind. Their members provide extraordinary aid and comfort to the community through their activities and generous donations to the groups and organizations that provide services to those in need. The individuals who make up the Edward Smith Mineola Lions Club are truly making a difference in the lives of many Long Island residents.
Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening was HKSB supporter and cheerleader Michelle Charlesworth, WABC-TV’s weekend anchor. Music was provided by the incredible Hank Lane Band.