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Jacqueline Holtzer Elected to Friends of Karen Board of Directors

North Salem, NY, March 10, 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 North Salem headquarters was, she recalls, “an absolute eye-opener.” She began volunteering immediately on several committees to help further its mission.

Friends of Karen provides comprehensive support, at no cost, to families caring for a child battling cancer or another life-threatening illness. Through personal advocacy from a team of experienced professionals – social workers, child life specialists, and creative arts therapists – they ensure that each family receives the emotional, financial and practical support they need to stay resilient and able to cope throughout their child’s treatment. Ms. Holtzer was especially attracted to the holistic approach Friends of Karen takes towards helping a family, from several months to many years.

“When you hear that somebody has a child with cancer, you know it’s devastating, but you don’t really understand all the details of what goes on for that family,” she says. “What Friends of Karen does is to guide each member of the family all the way through a harrowing crisis. That’s life-changing.”

“Jackie has over a decade of experience with our organization, and she has a talent for thinking outside the box,” said Pamela Hervey, President of Friends of Karen’s Board of Directors. “Her enthusiastic volunteerism, her dedication to our mission and her continued support of the organization will help Friends of Karen meet the growing needs of critically-ill children and their families. We are thrilled to welcome her as a member of our Board.”

For more information about Friends of Karen, visit or call (914) 617-4040.
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Friends of Karen
Lisa Dashman
(914) 617-4042

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