Saddle River Valley May 6, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES III • Page 5 Lions Club donates over $70,000 at Charity Night The Saddle River Valley Lions Club donated $71,110 at the organization’s Annual Charity Night. The event marked the culmination of another successful year of fundraising and community service. The Lions and their guests, many of the 70-plus organizations that received donations this year, were on hand. Among those attending this year were representatives of the Computer Enabling Program, Saint Joseph’s School for the Blind, The DACKKS Group, NJ Blind Athletes, Art Center of Northern NJ, E.I.E.S. of NJ, Table to Table, Mahwah H.S. Gala, Mahwah Thunderbird Scholarship Fund, Mahwah Volunteer Fire Department, Mahwah & Upper Saddle River Municipal Alliances and the Mahwah Sports Boosters. Since being chartered by Lions Clubs International 51 years ago, the Saddle River Valley Lions Club has raised and donated over $1.69 million to local charities for the blind and visually impaired and to commu- nity volunteer groups. Each year, the distribution of donations is recommended to the club’s membership by five standing budget committees (Sight, Human Services, Youth, Education and Civic Improvement) and the final determination is made by the membership. The Saddle River Valley Lions Club’s major fundraising events are the Fall Harvest Sale just prior to Thanksgiving, a car giveaway in the spring, and the annual sixnight Lions Carnival held Memorial Day week at Lions Memorial Park in Upper Saddle River. The Lions thank the residents of the Saddle River Valley communities for their continued support of the club’s fundraising efforts. For information about becoming a member of the Saddle River Valley Lions Club, visit or contact Membership Director Jack Yates at (201) 327-6990. NJ Blind Athletes President Ed Fedush receives a check from Lions Sight Committee Chair Peter Lacovara. The USR Recreation Commission will sponsor its annual town-wide Cleanup Day on Saturday, May 16 from 8 a.m. to noon. Participants may come to Lions Park during those hours. Garbage bags will be provided. Cleanup areas will also include the school grounds, the Riverwalk, and Hess Park. Parents are asked to be available to drive children to different locations. Commission sets Cleanup Day Since all organizations in Upper Saddle River benefit from the parks and facilities in town, it is imperative that those who benefit also contribute to keeping these areas clean and beautiful. All children and parents are encouraged to come to Lions Park and help make this event a success. Call Jon Silverman at (201) 236-0442 or e-mail 1ST ANNUAL SPRING GALA PERFORMANCE Saturday May 30th, 1:00 PM & 7:00 PM At Berrie Center for the Arts, Ramapo College. ����������������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������������ ���������������������������������������������������������������������������� ���������������������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������������������������������������