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District 7490 Gift of Life Dinner at the Venetian

Gift of Life Dinner Mentioning the Venetian is reason enough to attend a function there. www.ParamusPost.com attended the 2009 – 2010 Gift of Life dinner recently held at this posh catering facility. Its purpose: to celebrate and acknowledge the lifesaving work of the Gift of Life and the people who have made it possible. As Paul Platek, Foundation Chairman, has mentioned, once you have hosted a child brought into this country for a medical repair, not only will you have established bonds, but will eagerly seek to repeat the deed with another child.

The ceremony was fairly brief with remarks held to a minimum. The beginnings of the District 7490 are attributed to Art Scialla who really took this coronary repair service to his heart. From its beginnings in 1986, the District has surpassed 700 successful operations as well as forging new territory by holding three successful surgical missions.

Through a glitch on the part of your reporter, we were not registered in the attendance. Lisa Macaya-Bertin was kind enough to find a table. When she learned that the table was too distant for the dinner to be covered for print in www.ParamusPost.com, she was kind enough to arrange for better seating.

Through a glitch in the printed program directory, Paramus Sunrise Rotary Club's participation in the Gift of Life program was omitted. In its first year of operation, the club raised the needed $6,000.00 by holding a Fashion Show. Lacy Ann, a child from Jamaica, was sponsored by the club and the host family was the then Borough Administrator Anthony Iacono. Anthony's account of the thrill of helping this child can also be found on the website.

Although recognition is nice, the honor and satisfaction of helping someone like Lacy Ann far outweighs any public recognition. Two Paramus Sunrise Club members Tom Wells and Caryl Bixon Gordon were advertisers in the journal. When one looks at all the people who were helped, children, parents and sponsors, lack of recognition is insignificant. Paramus Sunrise Rotary is planning another Fashion Show in May and, hopefully, another Gift of Life child.
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