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Past Events

 It was GREAT BIG Smiles for Lainey and Lexi at Their Very Own Backyard Concert in July!


We were SO excited to kick off our Hope's Smile Backyard Concert Series with "Smiles for Lainey and Lexi" in July!

Created in memory of 2013 KEYS Kids Ambassador, Hope Inslee, we provide free backyard concerts for KEYS kids who may be in treatment or have a compromised immunity where they can't attend events like other kiddos. We bring the music, and Hope's smile, to them!

We hosted a this special backyard  concert KEYS kiddo Lainey and her sister Lexi and her family and friends in her front yard.   "Two Friends"had everyone up and dancing to some of Lainey's favorite songs and Ebeezer's Cafe in Sherrill provided free ice cream for everyone!

BIG thanks to the Triad Foundation, The Tony Stewart Foundation, Quinn's Superbowl Party friends, CNY Arts Decentralization Fund, Ebeneezer's, Sherrill Merchants Association, our awesome volunteers, the amazing Two Friends for performing and everyone who donates to KEYS throughout the year so we can create beautiful smiles like these! You rock!


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This fun-tastic night included Music with Corey, fun games and mind-boggling magic!  The kids were joined by Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving from the North Pole, to chat with each of our kiddos, participate in a cookie toast and reading of "Twas the Night Before Christmas." 


This was an event for our KEYS Kids...if you missed it, don't worry...stay tuned for next year's event! 

A great big THANK YOU to our donors who help us to give kids battling cancer a break from cancer treatment to enjoy special programs and magical moments like these throughout the year!

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Fox Fest '22!

The amazing promoters of Fox Fest '22 have chosen the KEYS Program as this year's beneficiary from the proceeds of this year's concert! 

This great all day music event was

Saturday, August 6th, 2022 from 12pm to 11:30pm at Fox Fest venue at 3242 Fox Road in Syracuse, NY 13215

Tickets included a full day of music and smiles!

FREE overnight camping!

Food vendors Limp Lizard, Cold Stone Creamery and The Spud Shack!

Band line-up includes:

Tantric, Under the Paige, Molly D'Agostino, Dirt Road Ruckus, Joe Rogalia & The Swamp Boys, F5, Chris Taylor Band, The Shylocks

Steve Cali Band


Go to for more info!


Car Show for Kids to benefit the KEYS Program!
August 13, 2022 


Friendly Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram of Hamilton hosted a Car Show for Kids to benefit the KEYS Program on Saturday, August 13th from 11am to 3pm at the dealership located at 6512 Wes Road (Route 12 B) in Hamilton, NY!

All makes and models, and race cars were brought and shown off for an amazing cause!

Our KEYS kids will be judging the cars and trophies will be awarded for best of makes and Best-in-Show!

Food provided by Pop's Kitchen! & Ice cream provided by Rick's Polar Pops!

Friendly Summer Fun Fest
to benefit the KEYS Program!

Aug 20, 2022

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A day of Fun and Smiles for the WHOLE Family!!! 

Fun activities included...Magician, Balloon Twister, Face Painting, Caricaturist, Live Music

Food was provided by Pop's Kitchen

Ice Cream provided by Rick's Polar Pops

Lemonade provided by Red Pop Lemonade

This event was open to the public and to our KEYS family too!! 

 Sherrill Silversmith's take our KEYS kids out to the Ballgame!

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On Saturday, July 16th at 2pm EST the Sherrill Silversmith's baseball team hosted a special KEYS Kids Day at their game against the Cortland Crunch giving our KEYS families a break from cancer worries to enjoy a fun day at the ball game!

The Silversmith team was so welcoming, inviting us to join them on the field for their pre-game ceremony, playing catch with the kids and letting the KEYS kiddos throw out the first pitch! 11 year old KEYS kiddo Ellie did a beautiful job singing the national anthem. (You go Ellie!)


Big thanks to the Sherrill Little League and Sherrill Merchants Association for making sure the kids didn't go hungry or thirsty, providing free food and lemonade for the kids and their parents.

Thank you to the Barry from the City of Sherrill and Sherrill Silversmiths and Vicki from the Sherrill Merchants for coordinating this event for our kiddos!

We'd also like to thank the Van Dreason family for donating cool hats to everyone, the Sherrill Little League for donating $50 to KEYS , to the Cortland Crunch team for donating $500 to KEYS, to the fans who cheered our kids on and to the Sherrill Merchants for donating $250 to KEYS too!  All in all, 1,242 was raised for the KEYS Program---now that's a lot of smiles!

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So Much Fun at Canvas & Cocoa Feb 28, 2021 !

What a great afternoon of relaxation and virtual fun we had with artist, Sarah Fahey at our Virtual Canvas and Cocoa event on February 28th! !

Big thanks to Sarah and everyone who participated for making it such a fun afternoon!  We hope to do more in the future!


SIRSY Rocks!
Special Concert to Benefit KEYS & Celebrating KEYS Kid Erika raises over $5,480 for KEYS !

SIRSY rocked' the house and created BIG smiles at our Smiles for Erika concert Monday, Dec 20th at 7pm!


The concert was streamed LIVE on Facebook  and YouTube! If you missed it----have no fear! You can enjoy it here !

The concert was free and donations to KEYS were accepted throughout the concert to benefit the KEYS Program!  Thanks to our amazing fans--- over $2,740 was raised for KEYS! And of SIRSY's amazing fans matched the money raised to bring the total to $5,480!! 


Now that's a lot of smiles!

Mel and Rich from the amazing band SIRSY know what the cancer battle is like. Lead singer & drummer Melanie is a 2 time breast cancer survivor and is passionate about support others going through the journey. They have been long smile creators here at the KEYS Program, sharing their music, love and talents to bring BIG smiles to our KEYS kiddos!


After's all about the smiles!

Heartstrings Cello Ensemble Virtual Concert!

On Friday, February 26, 2021 at 6:00pm EST the amazing Heartstrings Cello Ensemble held a virtual concert to benefit the KEYS Program to kick-off our Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve Weekend!

We are so thrilled to partner with these talented musicians who performed from all over the world to deliver music, hope and smiles to our KEYS kids!


300 Smiles!

Thank you all SO much for participating in the Ford Drive 4 UR Community Virtual Test Drive Event!!


Thanks to your support we met our goal of 300 Test Drives (aka SMILES) to benefit the KEYS Program!

Ford will donate $6,000 to the KEYS Program and the amazing folks at Friendly Ford of Hamilton will match that with a $6,000 donation for a total of $12,000 raised in one day for our KEYS kiddos to receive FREE music therapy & Smile concerts in 2021!

We are so thankful for Ford, Friendly Ford of Hamilton and all of our fans for all you do to help us deliver music, hope and smiles to our KEYS kids!

After's all about the SMILES!


KEYS Cares
Ways We Supported - and are continuing to support - Families & 
Creating Smiles During COVID-19 

The KEYS Program's

"Summer Smiles" 

Concert Series!


Tune-in each Monday at 7pm to enjoy a live concert by our amazing line up of featured artists from across the country! 


Each concert will celebrate and honor one of our KEYS kids and their family! (We will be sending a shout out to our KEYS Kids and performing special songs just for them each week too!)


We will host the Watch Party on our KEYS Facebook page each Monday so swing by the KEYS facebook page to tune-in for great music and BIG smiles!

Don't worry if you miss it! All of the concerts are re-broadcast on our KEYS Kids Network & Music  Therpy Hub!


Can't wait to "see" you Monday!

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Sunday Night Concerts

All of the concerts are re-broadcast on our KEYS Kids Network & Music  Therpy Hub!


Stay Tuned on the KEYS Program Facebook page for updates and future concert information! 

 KEYS Kids Network & Music Therapy Hub


During these difficult times, our KEYS Kids Network is more important than ever, and we are honored to add new music therapy videos, songs and content to share music and smiles with viewers of all ages and abilities....from our KEYS kids to special needs individuals to nursing home patients...these smiles are for YOU!

BIG thanks to the Tony Stewart Foundation for supporting our KEYS Kids Network each year! 



Check out our program drop down for more information on: 

*Laverne's Smile - Breast Cancer program
*telehealth Music Therapy services
*summertime smiles and songwriting project

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Smile Experience
Family Respite Days!

We have RESUMED our Smile Experience! 

Our Smile Experience is a special cancer-free zone where we provide KEYS families a break from cancer treatment to enjoy a day together filled with over-the-top silliness, music, laughter and smiles! 

Our most popular Smile Experience is our day at the races where KEYS kids & their siblings drive our USAC .25 Midget cars on the race track. Each child enjoys a full celebration in Victory Lane, receives a trophy, signs autographs and gets interviewed by our track announcers. Live music, cookout, face painting and photo booth are just some of the fun activities throughout the day!


Our goal is to create precious memorable family moments (and BIG smiles) that help to sustain the entire family through the tough days a little bit easier.

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