Welcome. Here is your ticket to enter a fabulous world. I am absolutely exhausted. I am absolutely exhilarated. I am absolutely thrilled. For the past few months, we Suffolk County LIONs Diabetes Education Foundation members have been working on a project to raise money to do what we do to help people with diabetes.
Yesterday we held our inaugural Dancing for Diabetes at the beautiful Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts.
The brain child of LION Frank Compoccio was to have Dance Schools perform all day long in groups of around five schools each, that way we would have dancers all day long. Interesting concept; would it work?
Well it worked indeed and over 25 schools participated along with 600 dancers of every age from 8 on up. Fabulous. These dancers were as good as you can get and as professional as one could hope. They volunteered their time; they danced; their parents donated and over a thousand people came. Over $22,000 was raised from the event—-JUST FABULOUS.
They sold tickets and when that was not enough they donated checks from their own school as pictured here.
As a parent of two children with diabetes, I was so moved by the professionalism, the spirit, and the willingness to help by all of the attendees.
Frank knew so many people in the ‘business of dance’ and they all volunteered their time. For my loved ones with diabetes, and for yours. JUST Amazing. Frank was fabulous.
Frank gave plaques to every school and certificates to every dancer….he said he wanted this event to be run professionally and it was. Here he thanks his fabulous crew who all volunteered for over 12 hours on the day of the event….so much more preparing
We do what we do for our loved ones because we do. People who do not have that personal connection and their love and support; well that will humble us to our knees. Enjoy seeing how so many helped our loved ones.
Thank you to everyone who helped and participate; the Dance Schools, the parents, those WONDERFUL DANCERS, and the Suffolk County LIONs Diabetes Education Foundation. On this day you made a difference and we, the DIabetes Community thank you from the bottom of our grateful hearts.
Enjoy some GREAT shots of the day.
These young ladies performed an incredibly moving
tribute to our fallen firemen
Very unique tribute to ‘a few elders’.
Faces of young dancers ready to go!!!!
As they were dedicated to helping those with diabetes.
So many Volunteered their time.
And they kept dancing, and dancing.
Thank you all.
I am a GRATEFUL Diabetes dad.