Service to Mankind

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Each year, Sertoma Clubs are asked to nominate  a person that exemplifies the ideals of Sertoma but is not a member of a Sertoma Club.  Millennium Sertoma Clubs winner this year was Leigh Dittman.  Leigh was diagnosed with Brittle Bone Disease not long after she was born.  She now receives treatment from the Shriners Hospital in Tampa for her condition.  


Quoting from a report citing her recognition by Shriners:


In appreciation of the care Leigh receives at the Tampa hospital, the Dittman family began raising money for Shriners Hospitals. “It was actually Leigh’s idea,” said Ellen. “She says Shriners Hospitals helps her, so she wanted to help them.” Beginning with Leigh’s fourth birthday party in 2004, the Dittmans asked that in lieu of bringing gifts, guests donate money to Shriners Hospitals. Due to the overwhelming response from           loved ones and the community, Leigh and her family decided to make it an annual fundraising event. 


    Approximately 300 people attended Leigh’s seventh birthday party in August 2007. The event included included a welcome and thank you from the birthday girl, a bagpipe performance by Tampa Bay area firefighters, silent and live auctions, and more. More than $42,000 was raised this year. In total, Leigh’s birthday party extravaganzas have resulted in more than $132,000 in donations to the Tampa Shriners Hospital. 

About Sertoma
Founded in 1912, Sertoma is the third oldest civic service organization. Sertomans total about 11,000 members in clubs throughout the United States. Every year Sertoma clubs raise more than $20 million for community needs. Through these projects, as well as grants and scholarships, Sertoma clubs return those funds to their respective communities. Sertoma’s primary service project is assisting the more than 50 million people with speech-language and hearing disorders.
© Millennium Sertoma Club 2017