Thursday, September 13, 2018

David's House Annual Karaoke Contest

Shirley Honulik
Valley Music Entertainment and Friends are making arrangements to host their annual karaoke contest to raise funds for David's House. They are asking for donations of gift cards, gift certificates or merchandise.

Some of these items would be raffled off to help raise funds for David's House and other items will be used as prizes for winners of the competition. The raffles are a big draw to non-singers as a way of participating in helping to raise money for this cause. The contest has been held for 19 years with great success with the help of past generous donations from the community. Last year the event raised $2,600.

All proceeds go directly to David's House, a 501 (c) (3) organization that supports families with children receiving treatment through Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

The karaoke contest will be held on Oct. 21 at the VFW club in Springfield, Vermont, which has donated the hall for the event.

Contact Shirley Honulik at 603-826-5663 for more information or to arrange a donation.

www.davids-house.org



David’s House was the dream of a little boy named David Cyr, who passed away in 1984 after a long struggle with acute lymphocytic leukemia.

During his illness young David made many trips to the Children’s Hospital, located at that time in Hanover, N.H.

His father, Dick Cyr met many parents of other children being treated at the hospital who were sleeping in their cars or in chairs in their child’s hospital room. Those who could afford to stay in nearby hotels or motels were reluctant to do so as they did not want to leave their child’s side.

As the end of David’s life neared, his father asked the doctors why there wasn’t a place there for people to stay with critically ill children.

The doctors answered that such a house had been talked about, but nothing had been done about it.

Dick decided he would do something about it, and within a week of his son’s passing family and friends began fundraising.

The first of the funds were from young David’s savings.

He had received money for allowances, his birthdays and spare change that had just been given to him. He had saved it all and had a total of $300.78.

When his father would ask what he was saving for, David would only reply, “I’m saving it for a special reason, dad.”

His father used this money as the seed money for the project, and in 1986, David’s House opened its doors.

Since the opening, David’s House has been serving families with critically ill children from many states and from several foreign countries.

If anyone would like to make a donation to David’s House, but will be unable to attend the show, mail it to David’s House, P.O.Box 660, Lebanon, N.H. 03766-0660.

1 comment :

  1. What an excellent cause of DAVID'S HOUSE!

    Thank you!

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