WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Lions Club’s largest annual fundraiser, the Spaghetti Dinner, to be held on April 26 from 5:30 p.m. to the 8 p.m. in the West Orange High School cafeteria, will offer guests an all-you-can-eat buffet for $10 per person. All proceeds will go directly toward helping the blind and visually impaired.

“It’s very rewarding and very gratifying to see not just the number, but the quality of the turnout and support of this longtime town-wide event,” said club president Roger Schneider. “The Lions Club is one of the oldest clubs in West Orange and it’s not only a reasonably priced, well-attended and fun event, but it’s a great cause. We get a large turnout of support from advertisers and it’s a really great thing to be part of.”

Lions Club of West Orange has been contributing to New Jersey-based schools, camps and educational organizations since it was established in 1953. According to Schneider, the Lions Club of West Orange sees “We Serve” as not only a motto, but a definition and philosophy as well.

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Last year, the West Orange chapter contributed funds to Camp Marcella and Camp Happiness for the Blind, St. Joseph’s School for the Blind, The Eye institute of New Jersey, Vision Loss Alliance, Eyes Closed Hearts Open, New Eyes for the Needy (glasses donations), National Federation for the Blind, and the Electronic Information and Educational Service of New Jersey. It also donated to the West Orange High School Project Graduation to help provide the graduating students with a productive and drug-free program at graduation.

The International Association of Lions Clubs, founded in 1917, began as the dream of Chicago businessman Melvin Jones, who believed that local businesses should expand their horizons from purely professional concerns to the betterment of their communities and the world at large. In 1925, Helen Keller challenged Lions to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.” Since this time, Lions Clubs have been actively involved in service to the blind and visually impaired.

In 1990, Lions launched its most aggressive sight-preservation effort, SightFirst, which is a $143.5 million program that strives to rid the world of preventable and reversible blindness by supporting desperately needed health care services. In addition to sight programs, Lions Clubs International is committed to providing services for youth.

The West Orange Lions Club has since been recognized throughout the township for its service to the blind and visually impaired. The club is committed to helping to provide quality eye care, eyeglasses and optical aids for many people each year.

Lions Clubs International, the world’s largest service club association, has grown to include 1.3 million men and women in approximately 45,000 clubs located in 200 countries and geographic areas. In addition to the SightFirst initiative, the clubs also work to improve the environment, build homes for the disabled, support diabetes education, conduct hearing programs and provide disaster relief around the world.

Pictured above are: 

Camp Marcella

L to R: Roger Schneider, President, Lions Club, Paula Tarentino, Past District Governor/Board member Camp Marcella, Matt Schwartz, Board of Directors, Dr. Steven Goldfarb, First VP.

New Eyes for the Needy

L to R: Matt Schwartz, Director, Vince Carano, Director, Tim King, Treasurer, Jean Gajano, Executive Director, New Eyes for the Needy, Roger Schneider, President, Lions Club

The Seeing Eye

L to R Back Row: Matt Schwartz, Director, Dr. Steven Goldfarb, 1st VP, Timothy King, Treasurer, Robert Sochor, Director, Vincent Carano, Director

Front Row: Roger Schneider, President, Lions Club, Alix Garzero, Seeing Eye Trainer

EIES

L to R: Roger Schneider, President Lions Club, Matthew Schwartz, Director, Robert Sochor, Director, Frank Scafidi, EIES Executive Director, Dr. Schoot Schultz, Secretary, Lions Club.