The KEYS Program ~ It's All About the Smiles!

 Smile Experience & Car Show Coming August 28th! 

The KEYS Program's 2016 Summer Smile Experience Family Respite Day will take place on August 28th from 12pm-3pm at the Oswego County Quarter Midget Track in Volney, NY! The Quarter Midget Club has added a Car Show to this year's event so fans and friends in the community can enjoy a day of cool cars and great food while cheering on our KEYS kids as they take lap after lap of smiles!  Our KEYS kids will be the judges for the car show selecting the cars they feel are the "Best in Show"!  Admission is FREE with cool cars, music and raffles for cool prizes on hand to benefit the KEYS Program. 

The KEYS Program's Smile Experience is a special family respite day at the track for kids battling cancer, their siblings and parents.  The day is full of family-fun and smiles, with each child suiting up and taking laps in one of our special USAC Quarter Midgets on the track while their family and fellow KEYS families cheer them on in the stands! 

We hope to see you at the track!

Come join us for painting, drumming, drawing, singing, making instruments & having lots of creative summer fun!  

Camp meets from 10am till Noon

August 15th thru 19th

At the First Presbyterian Church of Augusta & Vernon Center, 2345 Route 26, Oriskany Falls

For kids ages 4 through 10 years old.  Cost is just $5 a day per child and includes all supplies, snacks & big smiles!

Download a REGISTRATION FORM HERE or contact us at 363-6446 or to register TODAY!

Summer Music Camp July 11-22, 2016

at the 1st Presbyterian Church in Oneida! 

Cost is just $15 a day per class.  Choose one class or as many as you'd like! 

Empowerment Through Music Camp 9-9:45am

Parents & their little ones (ages birth through 3 yrs old) are invited to join music therapist Cindy Legwaila for 45 mins of singing, instrument playing, movement & songwriting fun! Recommended for kids ages birth through 3 years old.

Music Exploration Camp 9-9:45am 

Come join Mrs. B for a fun-filled 45 mins of singing, dancing, playing instruments and learning a tune on the piano too!  Recommended for kids entering Pre-K, Kindergarten & 1st grade (4-6 yrs old).

“Play in a Band” Percussion Camp 9-9:45am 

Have you ever wanted to play percussion in a band? Here’s your chance! Come explore and perform various styles of rhythms like rock, country, blues, reggae and more. Join us for 45 minutes of percussion fun with Amanda & Jenelle Yeoman! Recommended for students entering 2nd grade through 6th grade.

Ukulele Camp 10-10:45am 

Amanda & Jenelle Yeoman will teach fun basic chords and techniques that will have each student playing songs on the very first  day of camp!  Don’t have a ukulele of your own? No problem! We have plenty to share!  Recommended for students entering 3rd grade through 8th grade.

Voice & Recording Camp 11-11:45am 

Students will perform popular cover songs while learning basic vocal techniques from Amanda & Jenelle Yeoman. At the end of the session, each student will help create a  recording of their performance to take home and enjoy! Recommended for students entering 2nd grade through 8th grade.                                        

Camp meets on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for 2 weeks from July 11 through July 22nd for a total of 6 classes.  Camp is being held at the 1st Presbyterian Church, 304 Broad Street, Oneida.

Simply download and print the REGISTRATION FORM HERE and mail it in with your check in to the KEYS office address on the registration form or make your payment via the DONATE button on our website...easy peasy!

Give us a call at 315-363-6446 and you can register by phone too! 

Proceeds benefit the KEYS Program!

 Recording Artist & Actress Evah Doheny Creating BIG Smiles at Upcoming      CNY Kids Expo!

We are thrilled to announce, one of America's Youngest Recording Artist, Singer & Dancer, Evah Doheny will be performing LIVE at The CNY Kids Expo! She is dedicating a very special song she wrote to our KEYS kids during her performance and will be providing a special Meet and Greet autograph session for families after the performance. How cool is that?! 

10 year old Evah is an actress, singer and youngest recording artist in the USA. Her first album "Evah Fevah"was just released and is being heard in 47 countries around the world! Evah will be featured in the upcoming series called "What We Teach Girls".  Her album was produced by the hit making producer, Jens Gad who has worked on many hit projects with his brother Toby Gad famous for producing hits for Madonna, Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson and Disney to name a few! 

A VERY special THANK YOU to Evah for sharing your amazing talents and gifts to deliver BIG smiles to our KEYS kids! 

We are thrilled to announce this year's CNY Kids Expo is going to benefit the KEYS Program and Make-a-Wish of Central New York! 

This wonderful family fun day includes interactive exhibits, free demonstrations & workshops for the kids, raffles & giveaways, bounce houses, face painting & tattoos, famous characters, photo opportunities, book fair, live reptiles, puppy rescues, car seat safety checks for the little ones, Tumble Bus Tour, education, entertainment, shopping, and a whole lot more!

Tickets are $3 per person or $10 for a Family Pack of four (4) tickets with proceeds to benefiting the KEYS Program and Make-a-Wish of Central New York! Tickets are available in advance HERE and will also be available in person at the event. Children one (1) year and younger will be allowed in without a ticket. 

Be sure to swing by the KEYS Program booth, say hello and have your kids get their picture taken in one of our awesome Smile Experience quarter midget race cars! #CNYKidsExpo 

The KEYS Program Featured in May Issue of Women of Upstate New York Magazine

Utica Comet's Player #11 John Negrin Partners with KEYS to Create BIG Smiles!

It was the Wednesday before playoffs, and although most players were heading to lunch and preparing for the upcoming games, John Negrin was heading to Boonville, NY to sing to his newest friend, KEYS Kids Ambassador Owen.


The KEYS Program is excited to announce it has been selected one of six charities to receive a grant from the Save of the Day Foundation! The Foundation will award $15,000 to the KEYS Program to assist children facing life-threatening illnesses with music therapy to brighten their spirits.

Totaling $72,500, a check was presented to all of the grant recipients at the Utica Comets game on Friday, April 1 at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. 

The Comets “Save of the Day” Foundation is committed to promoting the needs of youth throughout the Mohawk Valley and offer contributions to other 501C3 organizations that have been authorized by the board of directors to support. The Foundation is committed to raising funds annually through special events, and direct fundraising activities to benefit the Mohawk Valley. Throughout the past decade the Rob Esche “Save of the Day” Foundation has donated over a million dollars for children facing life-threatening illnesses and their families as well as 501c3 organizations supporting education, health and wellness, and fitness in the Mohawk Valley. The save of the Day Foundation is proud to partner with the Utica Comets to further raise money for those in need through various efforts that have become common within professional hockey.

 The KEYS Program and the Tony Stewart Foundation "Accelerating Change" Together!


The KEYS Program is able to create smiles like these all year long thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Tony Stewart Foundation! Their continued support enables us to provide bedside music, care packages and family respite days to thousands of kids each year who are battling cancer and serious illnesses...all at no cost to the families we serve.  

In the past 12 years, the Tony Stewart Foundation has generously awarded $6.5 million in grants to outstanding children, animal and driver charities, truly “accelerating change” in the lives of so many. Thanks to the support of the Tony Stewart Foundation, we are able to bring joy, healing and BIG smiles to our KEYS kids all year long! ♥

For more information about the good works of the Tony Stewart Foundation, visit their website at or swing by their Facebook page and let them know how awesome they are! We are so proud to work together to accelerate change!  

Smiles were abundant at the KEYS Program's Smile Experience! 

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. The day is full of family-fun and smiles, with each child suiting up and taking laps in one of our special USAC Quarter Midgets on the track and while their family and fellow KEYS families cheer them on in the stands! 

All of our events include music and our Smile Experience is no exception!  Our amazing music therapist, Cindy Legwalia, created a fun and interactive drum circle so kids could move, groove, drum and smile along with Cindy!  

We believe that cancer does not define a child, so any mention of illness stayed outside the gate of the track. Each child was free to just be the amazing, giggling, silly kid they are, enjoying a special Smile Experience with their family!

Special thanks to everyone at the Oswego County Quarter Midget Club who generously donated use of their track facility & trophies in order to help us create BIG smiles!



Empowerment Through Music (parents & children ages birth-age 4) presented by KEYS Music Therapist, Cindy Legwaila

Come experience the joy & benefits of music for young children! Adults & children will together be empowered to use music to learn, communicate, relax and get through day to day life. This program includes singing, instrument playing, movement & songwriting. Each child should have an adult in attendance to participate & learn with them! The class is presented by board certified music therapist, Cinday Legwaila. Cost is $60 per family for the 4 week session. Classes are held Monday mornings 10am-10:45am ~ May 2nd through May 23rd  

Registration deadline is April 25th!  

Contact us at or 315-363-6446 to register TODAY! 

"Smiles for Hope Quarter Auction" - June 11th 12pm-3pm

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! 

Because KEYS was such a big part of Hope's life, her family is hosting special events throughout the year in honor of Hope to benefit the KEYS Program.  The first event is "Smiles for Hope Quarter Auction" being held on Saturday, June 11th from noon till 3pm at the Remsen Firehouse, Main Street, Remsen.  For more information, visit the event page at

"Paulie's Super Siblings" Program

Our beautiful cousin and superhero, Paulie Morley, went to heaven on July 17, 2014 just a few months before his 3rd birthday. 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! ~Colleen & David Bennett-KEYS Founders ♥

In honor of Paulie, the KEYS Program has partnered with Paulie's parents to create Paulie's Super Siblings program at KEYS!  This special program provides support to the behind-the-scenes superheroes, siblings of kids battling cancer. Paulie's mother Angela is the Program Director and Founder of this new program at KEYS.  

Because Paulie loved tractors, each fall we host "Paulie's Tractor Show at Granger's Farm" in memory of Paulie. This special event is family fun day of tractor rides, pumpkins, petting zoo and more!  In 2016, we will host a tractor contest with tractors on display for judging too! 

For more information, click on the Paulie's Super Siblings tab on our website or contact Program Director, Angela Schuyler @ or 315-363-6446.