JEFFERSON VALLEY, N.Y. -- Yorktown resident and Club Fit member Steve Schaefer has rekindled his dedication to his first love, music, through his most recent work that benefits a local family that lost a daughter in a tragedy.
Schaefer, who has sung in choirs since the fourth grade, was touched by the story told to him by a fellow St. Patrick’s Church choir member of sisters Kalie and Lindsey Gill, both struck down by a car at a church carnival in Yonkers in October 2013. Kalie, only 15 years old, was killed and her younger sister Lindsey was critically injured and has been recuperating at Blythedale Children’s Hospital since the accident. Steve was asked to sing at Kalie’s funeral.
The day of the funeral, the thing that struck Steve most was the incredible faith of the family. Though grief stricken, they displayed tremendous strength and a commitment to celebrating Kalie’s life. A benefit concert was planned for December to raise money for the Gills, and Schaefer was invited to write a song and perform at the concert.
Schaefer, a big believer in inspiration through exercise, actually had the lyrics to “Kalie” come to him on a hike to the top of Turkey Mountain. He produced a video tribute, and asked fellow musician Jesse Terry to provide the vocals. The result was a beautiful, simple, emotional song. Watch the video here.
CDs of the song were sold at the benefit, and the song is now available for download at CDbaby.com (search Kalie Gill).
One hundred percent of the proceeds go to the Gill family. Schaefer covered the production costs, Terry donated his talent, and Terry's wife Jessica designed the CD cover. More than $2500 has been raised for the family.
“The Gill family has been such an inspiration to me, ” said Schaefer.
Read more of Schaefer's story on Club Fit's blog here.