Organization of the Year
Founded in 2002, the Kiwanis Club of Clarence is perhaps best known for the annual Easter egg hunt it sponsors every spring in Town Park. But the service organization does much more throughout the year to help support Kiwanis International’s main goal of changing the world by serving children, “one child and one community at a time.”
In 2014, the New York State Kiwanis governor designated autism awareness as his annual project. The Clarence Kiwanis Club purchased “Autism Awareness” wristbands, which were made available for purchase at various events throughout the year. A major fundraiser, the Seafood Extravaganza, was held on the campus of Autism Services Inc. Proceeds totaling $3,400 were donated to ASI to purchase much needed equipment for its clients.
“Those people are amazing,” Sirianni said. “For the longest time they only had about six or seven people in their group. They put on the Easter egg hunt in Town Park every year and do other fundraisers, and all of the money they raise goes to help children.
“But they just do a marvelous job, and today they can proudly say they’re now up to 17 members.”
Clarence Kiwanis also works to help support summer camps in New York State for children living with developmental disabilities. The club is also a sponsor of the Clarence Girls Softball League and awards an annual college scholarship to a Clarence High School graduate.