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One mom is on a mission to amend the public health law in NY State. For families with a seriously ill child being discharged from the hospital with a Central Venous Catheter or “central line,” Diana Lemon is their advocate. - April 27, 2017
Friends of Karen, which supports critically-ill children and their families, will hold its summer gala benefit, Catch the Spirit! on Friday, June 2, 2017 at the Brae Burn Country Club in Purchase, NY. The evening will include gourmet dining, fun cocktail tastings, musical entertainment, and inspiring... - March 29, 2017
Friends of Karen, a non-profit that helps families in NY, NJ and CT who have a child diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, names two new board members. - February 01, 2017
7th Annual Benefit for The Adina's Angels Fund at Friends of Karen to be held Thursday, October 27, 7:00-10:00 pm at Mulino's at Lake Isle, Eastchester, NY. - October 20, 2016
Friends of Karen, which supports critically-ill children and their families, will hold its spring gala benefit, A Summer Soirée, on Friday, June 17, 2016 at Brae Burn Country Club (Purchase, NY), hosted by CNN anchor John Berman. - June 08, 2016
For the first time, there’s a set of national standards that highlights why it’s critical to address the many needs of families caring for a child with cancer. - April 15, 2016
Friends of Karen, a charity serving families in the New York Tri-State region, announced that Jacqueline Holtzer was elected to its Board of Directors. Ms. Holtzer, a former Human Resources executive in the banking industry, was introduced to Friends of Karen in 2004. A visit to the organization’s... - March 10, 2016
Friends of Karen, a children's charity, needs volunteers to bring the holiday season to local families caring for a child with cancer or another life-threatening illness. "We want them to have joyful memories, even in the midst of illness." - November 13, 2015
Friends of Karen's fall gala, "An Evening at Tribeca Rooftop," benefits children with cancer or another life-threatening illness. - October 01, 2015
Friends of Karen, a charity that provides vital and comprehensive support to local families who are caring for a child battling cancer or another life-threatening illness, has received a $2,500 grant from KeyBank Foundation. The funding will be used in its Family Support Program, which ensures that each... - August 14, 2015
Friends of Karen, a children's charity that provides vital support to local families caring for a child battling cancer, aims to fill 800 backpacks for the upcoming school year. - July 09, 2015
"Who is James Cameron." That was the answer that made John Berman the winner on "Celebrity Jeopardy!" netting $50,000 for children's charity Friends of Karen. - May 17, 2015
NBC National Correspondent Kate Snow and CNN Anchor John Berman join forces to emcee "Portraits of Strength, Hope, Courage and Love," children's charity Friends of Karen's spring gala. - May 06, 2015
Help deliver the holiday spirit to those who need it most by fulfilling a child's wish list. - October 24, 2014
The owners of Mamma Rosa Ristorante present a lovingly prepared dinner with wine to thank Friends of Karen for their support when their son battled cancer. - October 17, 2014
Friends of Karen announced that Anne Angeles, a senior marketing executive who has developed strategic initiatives for building the American Express, Prudential Financial, and American International Group brands, has been elected to its Board of Directors. - October 03, 2014
Friends of Karen, a charity that provides vital, practical and comprehensive support to families caring for a child battling cancer or another life-threatening illness, needs help filling backpacks for 800 children with school supplies and a $25 gift card to get something new to wear to start the school year. - August 15, 2014
Paul Barger, an attorney whose practice focuses on children with special needs, has been elected to the Board of Directors of Friends of Karen, a children's charity. - August 07, 2014
Friends of Karen, a children’s charity, had one of its most successful events ever with its June 14 gala “An Evening in Venice” benefit, raising $370,000 to help hundreds of children battling cancer or another life-threatening illness in the New York Tri-State Area. Yankees legend Mariano Rivera, who received its Humanitarian Award, ran a surprise auction that wowed the crowd. - July 02, 2014
Children's charity Friends of Karen hopes to raise $150,000 to help children with cancer or another life-threatening illness with their September "Journey of the Heart" bike tour in the New England countryside. Let a child be your inspiration. - June 25, 2014
The John and Janet Kornreich Charitable Foundation has pledged $525,000 to Friends of Karen to help provide the resources needed to reach and help even more families across Long Island caring for a child with cancer or another life-threatening illness. - June 13, 2014
Yankees legend Mariano Rivera will be honored with Friends of Karen’s Humanitarian Award at the charity’s gala benefit “An Evening in Venice” on June 14, 2014, at the Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club. Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer and former president of The Junior League of Northern Westchester Becki Fleischer will receive the Sheila W. Petersen Award. CNN's John Berman is the emcee. - May 13, 2014
For 25 years, The Hope For Youth Foundation has raised money by producing and selling the beautiful "Hudson Valley Weather Calendar," donating every penny to local children's charities. Back when it started in 1989, Friends of Karen was the very fist charity to receive a grant. It just received another. - April 23, 2014
April is National Volunteer Month, a time to celebrate the people who freely give their time, energy and expertise to solve problems and improve lives. Last year, volunteers dedicated more than 3,800 hours to enable Friends of Karen, a small children's charity, to help families caring for a child with cancer or another life-threatening illness. - April 10, 2014
Friends of Karen, a local children's charity, helps families caring for a child with cancer to celebrate the springtime holidays. - March 30, 2014
Friends of Karen needs "a few good elves" to make sure each of their sick children and their "well" siblings receives a holiday gift from their wish lists. - November 09, 2013
For families caring for a child with cancer or another life-threatening illness, Thanksgiving may be just another day of worry at the hospital. Friends of Karen has a way to make it better. - October 27, 2013
Emmy Award-winning CNN anchor and correspondent Randi Kaye will be the Master of Ceremonies at children's charity Friends of Karen's "An Evening at Tribeca Rooftop" benefit gala, which will honor Jody and J Durst. - September 12, 2013
Friends of Karen, a local charity that provides vital, practical and comprehensive support for families caring for a child with a life-threatening illness, needs help filling 650 backpacks for their back-to-school program. - August 03, 2013
Kristi Hennessy has joined Friends of Karen, a charity that provides support for children with a life-threatening illness and their families, to spearhead a new Development Department program. - July 31, 2013
Friends of Karen's spring gala commemorates 35 years of service with a "Celebration on the Sound," featuring NBC's Kate Snow as emcee. - May 16, 2013
With more demand than ever for its services, children's charity Friends of Karen has added three more professionals to its Family Support Services team to deliver more vital, practical and comprehensive services to families caring for a child with a life-threatening illness. - May 02, 2013
The Blazer Pub holds a raucous St. Patrick's Day auction on March 16-17 to benefit children's charity Friends of Karen. - March 10, 2013
Friends of Karen has announced that Patricia (Trish) Lobenfeld was elected to its Board of Directors. Ms. Lobenfeld first learned about the organization in 2004 at an event it hosted. “We’ve been blessed with two children who have never been critically ill and never been in danger of losing... - February 23, 2013
After losing her husband, son and daughter within five months, Paula Berkowitz established The Adina's Angels Fund at Friends of Karen, and has raised over $100,000 so far. "In this endless fight for critically-ill children and their families, Friends of Karen is a lifeline," she says. On October 12, "Dance The Night Away for Adina's Angels" continues that mission. - September 27, 2012
Manhattan skyline is the backdrop for Friends of Karen's gala fundraiser, which will honor Beth Leventhal and First Data Corp., and benefits children with cancer or another life-threatening illness. - September 20, 2012
Friends of Karen's "Journey of the Heart" bike riders pedal through the Hudson Valley, each one inspired by a criticially-ill child. - August 30, 2012
Friends of Karen, a regional charity that provides emotional, financial and advocacy support for children with a life-threatening illness and their families, is aiming to put supplies, backpacks and clothing gift cards in the hands 650 children this September. - July 19, 2012
Friends of Karen, a children’s charity, has received a $15,000 grant from Entergy Corporation to help families with a critically-ill child. This is the fifth consecutive year that Entergy has recognized the terrible toll that families have to pay when caring for a child with cancer or another life-threatening... - May 24, 2012
Friends of Karen, a children’s charity, has received a $75,000 grant from the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation to expand its Sibling Support program. “We have been impressed and moved by the compassion and support that Friends of Karen provides to the sometimes forgotten brothers and sisters of children who are seriously ill,” says Betsy Myatt, Executive Director, Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation, New York/Northeast. - April 18, 2012
Think “Miami Vice” meets “La Cage Aux Folles.” Friends of Karen, a children’s charity, presents its gala benefit “South Beach Comes To Life!” on Saturday, May 5th. Says NBC's Kate Snow, "They truly know how to change lives.” - April 06, 2012
Friends of Karen, a children’s charity, wants to make sure that families caring for a child with cancer or another life-threatening illness can celebrate Easter or Passover with a holiday meal. - March 16, 2012
Friends of Karen, a children's charity, has announced that Colleen Noonan has joined as Director of Development. In this newly designed position, she will focus initially on building the Major Gifts and Planned Giving programs. - March 01, 2012
Arnold Ursaner, founder of CJS Securities, has joined the Board of children's charity Friends of Karen. Mr. Ursaner first learned about the charity two decades ago from friends whose child had a brain tumor. Says Ursaner, "When you learn about what Friends of Karen does, how can you not want to help?" - February 10, 2012
Friends of Karen's “Adopt-A-Family Holiday Gifts for Kids” program provides gifts for each Friends of Karen sick child and his/her siblings. “Watching the joyful expression of a child opening holiday gifts is unforgettable,“ says Judith Factor, Friends of Karen’s Executive Director, “but these special moments can be so fleeting, especially if your child is critically ill.” - November 11, 2011
When Paula Berkowitz's husband, son and daughter died within a four-month period, she determined to make something good come out of it. She founded The Adina's Angels Fund at Friends of Karen to help families who have a child with a life-threatening illness. On Oct. 26, 2011, improv empress Marion Grodin hosts an array of all-pro comics at Gotham Comedy Club to benefit The Adina's Angels Fund at Friends of Karen -- a side-splitting evening for a heart-warming cause. - September 29, 2011
Friends of Karen announces bike tour in the Berkshires to raise money for families who have a child with a life-threatening illness. “September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and we are cycling for a cause,” says Judith Factor, Executive Director of Friends of Karen. “No family should have to face cancer alone.” - August 31, 2011
It may be beach weather, but Friends of Karen is hard at work to fill 600 back-to-school backpacks for children with cancer and their siblings. - July 15, 2011
Friends of Karen has appointed Terri Sorrentino as the new Director of Finance and Administration. - June 24, 2011
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