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‘Big Gifted Give’ Event to Help Those in Need in Our Community


Save this date: Saturday February 11th.  It’s an evening of family entertainment, with performers using their “gifts” to entertain the audience and raise financial support for families and friends in need within our community.

The Chenango Valley School District is once again sponsoring The Big Gifted Give, it’s an event that The Dance Connection began in 2006. There will be entertainment, raffle baskets and concessions, with 100% of all proceeds going back to the community.

Tara and her dance class from Dance Connection will be participating. Many, many more acts and entertainers will be there.  I was hoping that they were going to let me sing ‘Elvira’ but they want people to show up….maybe next year.

The recipients of 2017 Big Gifted Give:

CV Warrior Fund – This program provides support to families in the CV Community throughout the year. This support is given in the way of food, clothing, emergency needs, etc.

Catherine’s Cupboard: Food Pantry located at St. Francis of Assisi Hall in Hillcrest.

“G” Bucci : The Bucci family is a great local CV family that is very active within the community, have three wonderful kids, a dog, a cat, etc! Matt and Wendy’s seven yr old daughter “G” was diagnosed with NF1 when she was two.

This disease causes tumors to grow and G has tumors on both optic nerves and they extend to her hypothalamus as well. Needless to say, there have been, and will continue to be, many treatments for G.

Although NF does not have a cure, G and her family have been bravely battling the disease and considering future treatments. The options may require chemotherapy and surgery. G is a member of The Dance Connection family and an inspiration to them.

Pam Ondrusek: Pam has been a friend of the community and for many years has served as President of SRO PRODUCTIONS III, a prominent community theater troupe in the Triple Cities.

Pam was diagnosed with Uterine Cancer in 2016. Pam has always been the generous giver and support system for the area. It’s now Pam’s turn to be the receiver, to help with mounting medical bills.

It’s the ‘Big Gifted Give’ on Saturday at the Chenango Valley High School Gymnasium on Saturday, February 11th from 6-9pm.

This is what they believe: “Whenever we reach out to help anyone in need, we are all blessed. Thank you for being that blessing. It’s an evening of family entertainment that helps families in the Southern Tier.” I believe it too.

Special thanks go to Ann Szymaniak for putting this event together. Tara and I hope to see you there, Saturday February 11th.

[via Dance Connection]

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