To the editor:
This year's Joy to the Children is proving to be one of the most successful ever. The proceeds, which support children's programming at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, provide for 300 programs reaching more than 30,000 local children (coming from as far away as Ticonderoga, Plattsburgh, Minerva and Malone - more than a 60-mile radius in Clinton, Franklin, Essex and Hamilton counties) throughout the year. In these difficult economic times it is truly a tribute to our community that we can muster this kind of support for our children. Over the past 25 years, "Joy" has raised $1.8 million.
Well rounded children make the best future citizens, which is why we donate the cost of this event. Exposure to the arts, in conjunction with all the other opportunities kids have in our area, supports that objective. Ultimately, children are the future of our community. Lisa and I wanted our children to have this opportunity, which resulted in her creating Joy to the Children 25 years ago. All of our five children have participated in these programs and have benefited greatly.
I wish to thank the many individuals and businesses that donated so freely their time, service, efforts and products. A special "thank you" to the benefit chairs: Sharon Wood and Erin Perkins and all those who helped them; and the extraordinary efforts of the staff and management of the Center for the Arts.
I would also like to thank the staff of the Mirror Lake Inn for their fine efforts and once again my wife Lisa for creating this idea 25 years ago.
Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa