SOMERS, N.Y. – The Somers Lions Club and the town of Somers rang in summer with its annual Independence Day celebration on Saturday, June 24.

As per tradition, the event was held on the final Saturday in June at Reis Park, where the Somers Lions Club provided an All-American Barbecue, with other traditional summer fare like snow cones. Musical guests included DJ Flippy and Andrea and the Armenian Rug Riders, and children enjoyed carnival games, face painting, and a blow-up obstacle course. The night was capped off with the traditional fireworks show.

Winners of the Somers Women’s Club essay contest were also announced: Claire Higgins (first place), Anna Hagen (second place) and Mia Paulmeno (third place).

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Park Ford of Mahopac also provided a red 2017 GT Mustang for the annual raffle. The holder of the winning ticket was Armand Pastilha. He has the option to accept the car or a $30,000 cash prize, according to Glenn Hintze of the Somers Lions Club. The second prize of $2,500 went to Joe Ferraro, the third prize of $1,000 went to Maureen DeSimone, and the fourth prize of $500 went to Matthew Corning.

Hintze added that the proceeds of the event are used by the Somers Lions Club to support local families in need as well as Friends of Karen, Blythedale Children’s Hospital, the YMCA, Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Make a Wish Foundation and other local charities.

“Overall, the day went well,” said Paul LaSpina, Somers Lions Club president. “The weather was great. There were children who packed all the games, face painting, and even were on stage dancing with Andrea and the Armenian Rug Riders. Local residents enjoyed pulled pork, grilled chicken, sausage and peppers, hamburgers and hot dogs. Special thanks to the Somers Parks and Recreation Department, Somers Fire Department, Somers Police Department, Amanda Casabona-Cohen and the Patrick Casabona Jr. Fund, and Pepsi Bottling Company for their continued support of our annual barbecue.”

All photos by Gabrielle Bilik, except where noted