Young singers raise funds for charity at Dyker Lights

Sounds of the Season: Students from LaGuardia High School performed classic Christmas carols at the Dyker Lights display to raise money for Frankie’s Mission, an organization that helps families of children with cancer.
Photo by Mike Beitchman

These kids somehow made the Dyker Lights even brighter.

A group of students from the “Fame”-ed LaGuardia High School for Performing Arts on the distant isle of Manhattan converged on Dyker Heights on Saturday for a Christmas-themed musical performance to benefit Frankie’s Mission, an organization that helps families of children battling cancer.

The “Fame” kids came from all over the borough, according to the president and founder of Frankie’s Mission, who said that the performers raised more than $700 — and brought some holiday cheer to the nabe — by showing off their pipes.

“It was such a beautiful event,” said Camille Loccisano, who started the organization in memory of her son, Frankie, who lost his battle to leukemia and bone cancer in 2007. “Everyone was so eager to entertain everyone and they knew they were doing it for a good cause.”

A LaGuardia student from Dyker Heights, Marisa Sparacio, who specializes in fine arts, coordinated the event and used her artistic skills to design the flier.

The singers performed in prime Dyker Lights display territory — on 85th Street between 11th and 12th avenues — and sang classic holiday tunes like “Emmanuel,” “O Holy Night,” and “Feliz Navdad,” and Sparacio’s mother said that the event was successful in bringing together locals and passersby enjoying the Dyker Lights together to take in the sounds — and to donate to a good cause.

“I just feel like it brought the community together and it gave people the spirit of giving, because we really raised more money than we anticipated,” said Rosalie Sparacio. “People were so happy to hear these kids singing.”

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at jmcshane@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.

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