EDISON—The Edison Metro Lions Club recently celebrated its third anniversary at the Holiday Inn in Somerset. Lions dignitaries including Council Chair Elspeth Moore, Past Council Chair Larry Massacre, and District 16-D Governor James Dougherty were invited.
Edison mayoral candidate, Councilwoman Antonia Ricigliano, was the special guest and main speaker. She presented a Senate & General Assembly Citation that was accepted by Club President Eddie Hui.
At the party, eight new club members were inducted, and new officers were installed. There were presentations of awards. “Lion of the Year” was awarded to Matthew Sheehy and Lynette Hui. Community Service awards were presented to Dr. Suqin Guo of UMDNJ, President Kirby Tan of GraphicTone, and Xiaohua Zhao. Past Club President Linnie Hui received the Appreciation award.
For entertainment, club members presented songs and line dance. Nevertheless, the main feature was the performance by a popular professional classic singer, Fang Tao Jiang, who charmed the audience with her beautiful voice. She sang songs from Porgy and Bess and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. She also sang Chinese and German songs. Jiang has performed soprano solo at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. To perform solo recitals and concerts, she has traveled throughout the United States, Asian and Europe.
Ricigliano gave an inspirational speech to the audience. She thanked organizations such as Lions clubs for dedicating their effort in helping the visually impaired. She recalled that, back in the old days, the authority tried to convince the family to put her visually-impaired mother into an institution. However, the family fought against it. Her mother led a normal life, got married and successfully raised four children. Her speech praised the Lions and urged them to continue their effort in preventing blindness and bringing more help to the visually impaired and the blind.
The anniversary party is the only fundraiser for the club. In the last three years, the proceeds have been donated to various organizations such as St. Joseph’s School for the Blind, NJ Camp for Blind children Inc., NJ Blind Citizens Association, etc.
For service projects, the club has worked with LensCrafter’s to help provide free eye exams and eyeglasses to low income individuals and families. It has held eye care seminar in June this year. It has also collected hundreds of used eyeglasses for the NJ Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center.
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