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BY: Kimberly Snickles, Cheektowaga Source | December 06, 2012

It’s a holiday tradition that has been passed down for more than 30 years, and each year it gets better and better.

“They come in and they can’t believe it every time,” said President of the Cheektowaga Rotary Club, Jason Czerniak. “They just can’t wait for the dancing. A lot of them don’t stop dancing the entire time.”

The Cheektowaga Rotary Club held their annual Christmas party for disabled children and adults, Sunday Dec. 2 at the Cheektowaga Senior Center, 3349 Broadway St. The smiles on attendee’s faces went from ear to ear as they enjoyed spending time with friends and dancing the night away.

The party included live music from Chet Gary, pizza and wings donated from Southgate Pizza, and a visit from Snyper the Fox from Dora the Explorer and Santa Claus himself.

“We had Santa come and each guest gets to meet him. We call their names one by one and we have a gift bag with books and trinkets,” said Czerniak. “It’s a great time and we are thrilled to do it every year.”

Every year the club sends out 200 invites to disadvantaged folks; the ages range from two to 65-years-old. Czerniak has been attending the event for four years and said that the majority of the people who attend come every single year.

“We have the same guests year in and year out. They really do look forward to it,” he said.

The Cheektowaga Rotary Club has been around since the 1950’s. In the past the club had 60 to 70 members but unfortunately it has dwindled down to 10. Czerniak said he hopes to bring the group back up to 30 or 40 members so they can do as much as they possibly can for the community.

For more information, visit www.CheektowagaRotary.com

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