The KEYS Program’s “Miles of Smiles Track Walk” will be taking place at the Oswego County Quarter Midget Track at 37 Howard Road in Fulton on Aug 22nd. (Rain date will be Aug 23rd) Get a team together and walk with us to create a mile of smiles! Along with the walk will be a race car show, great music, Paulie’s Lemonade Stand and lots of family fun! Registration is $25 per person (kids 5 and under are free). Everyone who registers by Aug 1st gets a free event t-shirt too!
"Smile Experience" for KEYS Kids & Siblings Being Held on August 22nd!
The KEYS Program's summer Smile & Drive Experience is being held on Saturday, August 22nd from Noon until 2pm at the Oswego County Quarter Midget Club Track at 37 Howard Road in Fulton, NY!
This unique family experience is one of our special outreach programs providing a special family respite day at the track for families who have been impacted by pediatric cancer and serious illnesses. Family fun and over-the-top silliness are guaranteed to make the whole family smile! Our KEYS kids and their siblings get to suit up and drive one of our USAC Quarter Midget race cars on the race track. We have a corporate-style hospitality tent with refreshments, great music and fun for the whole family too. We believe that cancer does not define a child, so any mention of illness stays outside the gates of all of our Smile Experience events so each child can be the amazing, giggling, silly kid they are, enjoying a special Smile Experience with their family!
This year's event is EXTRA special as we will are hosting our first ever "Miles of Smiles" Track Walk immediately following the Smile Experience. We encourage walkers to come to the walk a little early so they can cheer on these amazing superheroes!
Our Smile Experience is provided at no cost the families we serve. If you or a family you know has been impacted by cancer and would like to participate, contact us at 315-363-6446 or email@example.com!
Special thanks to everyone at the Oswego County Quarter Midget Club who generously donate use of their track facility in order to create BIG smiles!
Paulie's Super Siblings BBQ Raises over $1,000!
Over $1,000 was at the kick-off event for Paulie's Super Siblings at the KEYS Program!
Since Paulie passed away one year ago on July 17, 2014, Paulie’s family wanted to do something special to honor his memory, so they hosted Paulie’s Super Siblings BBQ on Saturday, July 18th at their home in Hastings.
Paulie’s family will be grilled up free hot dogs, hamburgers, salads and refreshments for everyone to enjoy. Paulie’s Lemonade Stand was open for business along with a great basket raffle. Funds raised from this event will help to serve the very first Paulie’s Super Siblings family!
If you were not able to attend, but would like to make a donation in memory of Paulie, just click on the DONATE button on our Home page to make an on-line donation, or mail your donation to: The KEYS Program, 308 Sherrill Road, Suite 100, Sherrill, NY 13461.
Paulie's Tractor Show at Granger's Farm!
Last, since Paulie loved tractors, so we are hosting “Paulie's Tractor Show at Granger's Farm” in Mexico on Sept 12th from 10am till 5pm! Admission will be FREE to the public with a tractor show, corn maze, hay rides, petting zoo, lots of pumpkins and smiles galore! Cool raffles and Paulie's Lemonade Stand will be on hand for those who would like to make a donation. Hope to see you there!
KEYS 9th Annual "Michael Sowich Memorial Golf Outing for KEYS Kids" Being Held in September to Honor Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month!
Our dear friend Michael “Mikey” Sowich was the true example of service, serving his country in the Army and as a firefighter and state fire instructor. Michael passed away at a fire training in Maryland doing what he did best...devoting his time to serve others. In 2007, we created the Michael Sowich Memorial Golf Outing to celebrate Mikey and his giving spirit!
Our KEYS Kids Ambassador Hope Inslee was our special guest at the golf outing these past few years, enjoying a day away from her cancer treatments surrounded by the love of those who supported her in her journey. On October 16, 2014, Hope lost her battle with cancer at the age of 15, but her beautiful smile and full of life spirit lives on in all of our hearts!
This year’s golf outing will take place in September, Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, to honor Hope and the over 12,500 kids who are diagnosed with pediatric cancer each year.
Please join us on Sunday, September 20th from Noon until 6pm at the Old Erie Golf Club, 3387 Foster Corners Road, Durhamville. Complimentary lunch and registration are from 12pm until 1pm followed by 18 holes of golf, shenanigans and Doc Bennett’s famous lemonade. A delicious steak dinner and awards will immediately follow golf around 5pm. Cost is $320 per team if registered by Aug 1st. ($360 per team after Aug 1st)
Event and Hole Sponsorships are still available for this event:
- Event Sponsorship packages are available again this year for $500, which includes; your name prominently displayed on the Event Sponsor board, a full page advertisement in the golfer’s packet, a full hole sponsorship (tee & green), PLUS complimentary team registration for 4 players!
- Associate Sponsorship packages are $250 and include a half page ad in our golfer’s packet, a Tee or Green Hole sponsorship, PLUS complimentary registration for 2 players.
- Hole Sponsorships are available for $100 per tee/green or $200 for a full hole.
We have attached a sponsorship & team registration form here for you. This event is usually sold out early, so please be sure to get your registration with payment in as soon as possible to secure your spot.
We hope you can join us again this year! If you have any questions, please contact us at 315-363-6446 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Proceeds from the outing enables us to provide patient support programs to kids battling cancer and a scholarship in Michael’s name. We hope you can join us in honoring Mikey and Hope this year! ♥
Paulie’s Super Siblings Officially Launches!
On July 17, 2014, superhero Paul “Paulie” Morley earned his angel wings after a valiant fight against ALL T-Cell Leukemia just a few months before his 3rd birthday. We are honored to announce that the KEYS Program and Paulie’s parents have partnered to create Paulie’s Super Siblings! This new program will provide assistance to the behind-the-scenes heroes, the siblings of kids battling cancer, who often feel lonely, left out and are in need of extra love, support and smiles.
“We are very happy to add this much needed program to our roster of patient support programs at KEYS,” said Colleen Bennett, KEYS Program Founder. “Paulie’s parents wanted to somehow provide support to siblings in memory of Paulie. They initially started researching creating Paulie’s Fight Foundation, but after talking more this past year, we thought it would be wonderful to combine forces and simply add Paulie’s Super Siblings to the roster of patient support programs we provide at the KEYS Program. Since Paulie is my cousin, and KEYS was created after the loss of my Dad to cancer, it is fitting we keep things in the family and that we add Paulie’s Super Siblings to our outreach. I know that would make my Dad and my little buddy Paulie smile!”
Angela Schuyler, Paulie’s mother, had the vision for Paulie’s Super Siblings and will be heading up the program. “Paulie’s Super Siblings is Angela’s idea and vision”, said Bennett.” She knows first-hand the struggles and needs of families who have a child battling cancer. Her strength, passion and drive to help families who are going through the same difficult journey is truly inspiring. She has some wonderful ideas and events planned to bring big smiles to these special superheroes!”
5th Annual Hearts of Hope Benefit Concert "Imagine the Possibilities" Delivers BIG Smiles!
The Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School Entertainment Industry Class created BIG smiles at the 5th annual Hearts of Hope Benefit Concert on May 15th! Click on our Hearts of Hope page for highlights from this special event!
"Smile Experience" with Umphrey's McGee!
Members of the band Umphrey's McGee with Arthur and the KEYS family!
On February 20th, 2015, the KEYS Program partnered with the band Umphrey’s McGee and the Landmark Theatre in Syracuse to provide a special "Smile Experience" for one of our KEYS families who recently lost a child to cancer. The Smile Experience included a private Meet ’n Greet with the band during their sound check, followed by dinner and the concert. The band even provide VIP passes for Arthur to go backstage after the concert too!
“We are so thankful to Joel Cummins and the great guys in the band Umphrey’s McGee for working with us to provide this special respite experience for Arthur and his family,” said KEYS Founder Colleen Bennett. “Arthur plays guitar and loves music, so this was very special for him. The guys in the band made him feel so welcome and truly a part of the band. We can't thank them enough!"
The KEYS Program’s Smile Experience is a special respite program for families who have been impacted by cancer. The goal of the program is to provide families a break from the difficult challenges they face everyday so they can spend time doing something fun together as a family. Our philosophy is that cancer does not define a child so all thoughts and mention of illness stays outside the doors of all of our events. Every family who participates is just a wonderful, fun, loving family having an amazing smile experience together!
THANK YOU to Joel Cummins and the entire Umphrey's McGee band and crew for making Arthur feel so welcome! Special thanks to the Landmark Theatre in Syracuse for your hospitality, Charley Bielby for helping to coordinate this and to our awesome KEYS Smile Crew, Alex Finn, Mike and Leah Bennett, for helping to make it so special for Arthur and his family! ♥ #It's all about the smiles!
The KEYS Program is happy to announce it has been selected as a Crew Chief Charity by the Tony Stewart Foundation! The 2014 Grant Accelerator award of $10,000 will help us to continue to expand our music outreach so we may bring smiles to 7,000 kids this year!
The KEYS Program has a dream of delivering its music care packages to every child who is diagnosed with cancer by the year 2018 so that music can accompany each child from the time they are diagnosed and throughout every stage of their battle.
Thanks to the support of the Tony Stewart Foundation, the KEYS Program is one smile closer to that dream! ♥
For more information about the good works of the Tony Stewart Foundation, visit their website at www.tonystewartfoundation.org or swing by their Facebook page and let them know how awesome they are!
We reached our goal!
The KEYS Program delivered just over 6,000 SMILES to kids battling cancer and serious illnesses in 2014 thanks to YOU! So...as we promised...when we reached our goal of 6,000 Smiles we would reveal our 2015 KEYS Kids Ambassador who was hiding behind our Smile-o-Meter!!
Drum roll please.... brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr....!! The KEYS Program's 2015 KEYS kids Ambassador is Owen Lee!
The KEYS Program's "Smile Experience" Delivers BIG Smiles to Kids Battling Cancer & Their Families!
The KEYS Program kicked-off its "Smile Experience" program with two event this summer --- one at the Syracuse Quarter Midget Club track at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY on August 16th and the other at the Oswego County Quarter Midget Club track in Fulton, NY on September 20th! The weather was perfect for both events and the SMILES were abundant as kids who are battling cancer, their siblings and family enjoyed a special day at the track filled with music, fun, laughter, and lots of laps on the track in a real USAC Quarter Midget race car!
The Smile Experience at the Syracuse track August 16th!
THANK YOU to everyone who has donated to our Smile Campaign and our generous sponsors...The Hartford, Walmart, Utica National Insurance, The Tony Stewart Foundation, PR Plus Small Engines, Green Flag Vinyl Graphics, Community Car Wash, The Jim & Juli Boeheim Foundation, Target, Stewart's Holiday Match, Office Depot & The Triad Foundation, ... who enable us to provide this event, and all of our outreach programs, for FREE to all of our KEYS families!
The Smile Experience at the Fulton track August 16th!
A very special thanks to all of our KEYS Smile Crew volunteers, the race teams who provided autographs and displayed their cars, and everyone at the Syracuse Quarter Midget Club and Oswego County Quarter Midget Club who volunteered and provided such wonderful hospitality in conjunction with your Promotion Day, helping to make this special experience possible for our KEYS kids!
More Smile Experience events are already in the works for next summer so stay tuned to see if we will be coming to a track near you to deliver SMILES to our KEYS superheroes and their families!
On October 16, 2014 our KEYS Kids Ambassador and dear friend, 15 year old Hope Inslee, earned her angel wings after a courageous battle with cancer. Hope served as the representative and voice for KEYS kids across the country since May of 2013. Despite a difficult battle with cancer, Hope always had a smile to share with everyone she met. Hope's strength, positive attitude and amazing smile were an inspiration to all of us and all who knew her!
Thank you to everyone who sent messages and SMILES to the "Smiles for Hope" page on facebook. Your love and support meant so much to her and her family. Thank you for all you do to help to ensure that Hope's smile will shine on in the hearts of our KEYS kids for years to come! ♥
A special message from KEYS Founders Colleen & David Bennett ~
"Our beautiful cousin and superhero, Paulie Morley, went to heaven on July 17, 2014. We are so very humbled and grateful for all of the love, prayers, support and SMILES sent to Paulie, his Mom, Dad and sister Haiden, and our entire family throughout Paulie's journey. Thank you for sharing your hearts to ensure Paulie left this world surrounded by the LOVE and SMILES he so freely and generously gave to others!" ♥