Lantern Point lights up for cancer charity
Thomas Peter Lyddy may be gone, but he is not forgotten. His family keeps his memory alive with the annual Light Up The Point event just west of Penfield Beach. Over the last two years, the event has raised approximately $15,000 for St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation's Swim Across the Sound, which benefits cancer prevention, education and support programs.
Kyle Lyddy, son of Thomas and an event organizer, has high hopes for 2011, with a goal of $15,000.
Light Up The Point will take place Saturday, from 3 to 10:30 p.m., at the Lantern Point summer home of the Lyddy clan, 739 Fairfield Beach Road.
Most of the past attendees have been friends and family who knew Thomas Lyddy, who died at age 56 in 2006. Others who did not know him personally were drawn to the event because, like him, they or loved ones have had cancer.
Thomas Lyddy was a three-sport athlete at Fairfield Preparatory School, playing basketball, baseball and football, and went on to attend Fairfield University. A cousin of Deputy Police Chief Chris Lyddy, he was the father of five children, with Kyle, 24, being the youngest.
The Swim Across the Sound Foundation had provided some financial help when Thomas Lyddy was battling cancer and so "this was the least we could do to help out and honor our father," Kyle said.
The event, Kyle Lyddy said, also brings "people together that we haven't seen in a long time." Three bands -- the Elwoods, Spiral City and Dr. B, and the Brotherhood -- will perform.
There is no cover fee for Light Up The Point. Instead, the Lyddys raise funds for the Swim foundation by selling food, tickets for raffles prizes, a silent auction, games and paddleboarding lessons.
For more information, log onto www.lightupthepoint.com.