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Summer theater attendees support This Star Won’t Go Out foundation

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor:

On behalf of the Skaneateles Summer Theatre, I would like to extend our thanks to the community for their support in our fundraiser for the non-profit organization This Star Won’t Go Out. This Star Won’t Go Out is a foundation serving families with children diagnosed with life-threatening cancer. Caring for a seriously ill child creates tremendous stress for the family system. TSWGO’s goal is to help families through financial gifts given with no strings attached. These gifts can be used for medical expenses, items needed by the child with cancer or personal expenses due to the financial strain of caring for a child with cancer.

TSWGO was founded in memory of Esther Earl, who died of cancer in 2010, when she was just 16 years old. New York Times best-selling author John Green dedicated his latest novel, “The Fault in Our Stars,” to Esther, without whom, he said the book would never have existed. Before her death, Esther told Green that she wanted her birthday to be a day to celebrate love for family and friends. So since 2010, Aug. 3 or Esther Day has become a holiday that reminds us to verbalize our love for friends and family, the important people in our lives who we might not remember to say “I love you” to very often.

This year, Skaneateles Summer Theatre celebrated Esther’s birthday by collecting donations for TSWGO. We are proud to announce that we have recently sent a check for $210 to TSWGO, thanks to the generosity of those who attended our recent production of Les Misérables. SST would also like to extend a huge “thank you” to this wonderful community for seeing us through our 16th summer of operation. For more information about This Star Won’t Go Out, please visit tswgo.org.

Leia Depeche

Stage Manager for Les Misérables

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