Search Committee

On April 1st (April Fools' Day) of each year, the Zonta Club of Lockport

conducts a “Phantom Ball".  This Phantom Ball event is done by

requesting funds and donations through a mailing. 


Prior to this mailing, the Search Committee selects a worthy

community project as beneficiary of the Phantom Ball revenues. 

The amount earned during this event varies from year to year. 

Past amounts have ranged anywhere from $3,000 to $13,000. 


The exact amount of the grant will not be known until the

conclusion of the event, usually around May 31st. 


In some years, funds have been divided and shared among several recipients.


Applications are requested from non-profit community agencies,

organizations, and individuals serving the City of Lockport and its environs. 


2021 application deadline and submission information will follow in the Fall


The project(s) that is/are selected must be from non-profit

community agencies, organizations, and individuals, which have a

demonstrable beneficial effect on the lives of area women and children.

They also must align in some manner with the program goals of

Zonta International as shown below:

  • Improve the legal, political, economic, education                             & professional status of women


  • Provide needed services at the local and/or global level

  • Promote justice and universal respect for human rights             and fundamental freedoms

  • Work for the advancement of understanding, good will              and peace through a world fellowship of executives in      business and the professions

The Search Committee reviews applications and selects recipient(s) and

then recommends the applicant(s) to the Zonta Board of Directors

and the club members.  The club membership makes the final decision.


Initial requests should be in the form of a brief letter outlining

the project and its benefits, in a general manner.   Requests which are in

excess of two pages will not be considered.   


All such requests will receive a response and those projects,

which meet the criteria of Zonta, will be asked to complete the

Request for Funds form, which will be added in the Fall when submissions will begin.


or you can request in writing to:


Zonta Club Search Committee

C/O Lorraine Sparks

5432 Pinecrest Drive

Lockport, New York 14094