Non-Profit spotlight

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Roe V. Wade with Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic.  “Securing the Promise of Roe”, a conversation with Jessica Arons, Director of the Women’s Health and Rights Program, Center for American Progress.  Thursday, January 24, 2013, YWCA of White Plains and Central Westchester.  515 North Street, White Plains, 6:30-8:30pm.  General Admission: $20.  Find out more or RSVP, click here.

Music and dinner to benefit women’s charities.  The Barbara E. Giordano Foundation and Support Connection, Inc. announce a special fundraising event: “Bringing Nashville to Westchester! A Feel Good Evening of Great Music and Great Food for A Great Cause.”  The event will take place at  on Friday, November 30, from 7pm-11pm, at The Travelers Rest, 25 Saw Mill River Rd. (Route 100) Ossining, New York 10562.  Proceeds from the evening will be used to support wellness programs.   The highlight of the evening will be a performance by Courtney Shayne of “A Patsy Cline Experience.”  The music and memories of Patsy Cline come to life with this lively, interactive performance. From “Crazy” to “I Fall to Pieces,” you’ll be singing along to all the familiar favorites! For more info on the performer, visit   Tickets are $50 per person which includes a complete dinner, soft drinks, coffee and the show. Cash bar will be available, as well as raffles and a silent auction.  Reservations required. To reserve online:  To pay by check: Checks payable to: The Barbara E. Giordano Foundation, 405 Tarrytown Road, Suite 1581, White Plains, NY 10607 OR Support Connection, Inc., 40 Triangle Center, Suite 100 Yorktown Heights, NY 10598. For information, contact Support Connection at 914-962-6402 or

This Winter We’re Thinking Sunshine!  Celebrate The Fresh Air Fund’s 138th Summer.  Fresh Air summers are filled with children running barefoot through the grass, gazing at star-filled skies or swimming for the first time. Join host families in and around the Westchester County, NY area for our 138th summer and open your heart and home to a Fresh Air child! Each summer, over 4,000 inner-city children visit suburban, rural and small town communities across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada through The Fresh Air Fund’s Volunteer Host Family Program.
The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. Fresh Air children are boys and girls, from six to 18 years old, who live in New York City. Children on first-time visits are six to 12 years old and stay for one or two weeks. Children who are reinvited by host families may continue with The Fresh Air Fund through age 18 and can enjoy extended trips. Over 65 percent of all children are reinvited to stay with their host families, year after year.  For more information on hosting a Fresh Air child this summer, please contact Heather Stobin at 914-232-6323 or visit The Fresh Air Fund online at

Thursday, May 9, 2013, 6:00pm – 10:00pm.  Hosted by the Hudson Valley Chapter of the PKD Foundation.
Vintage Restaurant and Lounge, 171 Main Street, White Plains, NY 10601
Save the date and join us for Cocktails for a Cure as we raise awareness and funds for the PKD Foundation. Enjoy great company, great food, and live entertainment by The Past Masters!  A big thanks to our sponsors:  Charles J. Newman Co. Insurance, www. charlesnewman .com, Dr. Stuart Kahn, Mount Sinai Hospital, Diane Kahn, Certified Independent Health Coach with Take Shape for Life, – 917.653.5933
For more details please click here.

Friends of Karen’s mission is to provide emotional, financial and advocacy support for children with a life-threatening illness and their families, in order to help keep them stable, functioning and able to cope.  Since our founding in 1978, we have served approximately 5,000 children and their families. When siblings are counted we have touched the lives of over 12,400 children. 

Friends of Karen offers many ways to get involved with their mission and support their families.  Below are three efforts that are coming up this spring.  For more information, visit

35th Anniversay Celebration on the Sound
Save the Date!
Friday, June 14, 2013
Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club, Mamaroneck, NY
Honoring Palma Patti and Acura of Westchester
For more information contact or visit


The Dimes Project:  How Meghan Inspired A Gift for Families at Friends of Karen

Meghan loved playing soccer, shopping for clothes, and hanging out with friends. She was a fun-loving and courageous teen.  One day soon after she lost her battle with cancer, her family found a dime on the sidewalk. Then they started finding dimes all the time, and they remembered the idea of ‘pennies from heaven,’ that when you find a penny it means that a loved one who is gone is thinking of you. But they used to tease Meghan about being ‘high maintenance,’ so they said, “That’s just like Meghan, she wouldn’t do ‘pennies from heaven,’ she’d do dimes!”  This kept happening, and Meghan’s family had an inspiration. “Life can turn on a dime,” they said, and they decided to do something about it: every time they found a dime, they put it in a special jar. When they got around to counting it, they had $76 in dimes!  They donated it to Friends of Karen in Meghan’s honor to help other families like theirs.  You can be part of Meghan’s inspiration: collect dimes from your friends, neighbors and family to help sick children and their families.

Here’s how:

  • Choose your timeframe – It could be the fall term of school or the months leading up to your birthday or another special occasion.
  • Set your dollar goal – This is really important!  You’ll be surprised how it can motivate and inspire you.
  • Create your jar – A big jar is best and you can decorate it any way you like to attract attention (and dimes)!
  • Decide where to put your jar – In a store? At your school? On your kitchen counter?  You may want to make a sign, or ask us for copies of this card to hand out.
  • Count your collection – You can get paper rollers or use a coin counting machine (many banks have them).  Once you have a total, call us to arrange your delivery.

If you would like help getting started, contact Denise Tredwell or call her at 914-617-4052. On Long Island and Queens, contact Patricia Conway or at 631-473-1768 ext.3.  Thank you!

The Gift of a Holiday Dinner for a Sick Child 

Christina, a Friends of Karen child, and her family look forward to a holiday dinner.  Easter and Passover are very meaningful holidays, and a great time for families to get together. But when parents are overwhelmed by caring for a child with a life-threatening illness, they often have to skip important family occasions — and the whole family misses out on the memorable holiday festivities.  Please help solve the problem:  Contribute an A&P, Shoprite, Stop & Shop or Pathmark gift card to Friends of Karen so that a family can enjoy the foods that have special meaning for their important holiday.

Contact Denise Tredwell,, or call 914-617-4052 to participate, or click here to make a  donation on our secure webpage (select Easter and Passover Program from the “This gift is for” menu).

Friends of Karen received this letter from the mother of a boy battling a brain tumor: “The most important thing that Friends of Karen provided [was] they sent us gifts from our children’s wish lists, allowing me to stay home with the family, enjoying more precious time together.”  Friends of Karen, a registered 501(c)(3) charity, provides vital, practical and comprehensive support, at no cost, to families caring for a child with a life-threatening illness in the New York Metro area. Their “Adopt-A-Family” Holiday Gifts for Kids program makes sure that each of their sick children — as well as his or her siblings — receive items from their holiday wish lists to make sure they have something to smile about.   You can help create those smiles.  Please contact Denise Tredwell for details as soon as you can at 914-617-4052 or  If you don’t have time to shop, you can make a donation on our secure Adopt-A-Family Holiday Gifts for Children donation page, and we’ll do the shopping for you!  Thank you for your compassionate caring from all our Friends of Karen children!  Visit

On Friday, November 16, 2012, Pediatric Cancer Foundation will host its annual Give Hope Shop boutique located at Brae Burn Country Club, 10am-3pm.  Lunch is available.  This fundraiser will feature over 35 vendors selling fine jewelry, home accessories, stationery, custom clothing, children’s gifts and much more.  Remember to bring your gold jewelry to sell for immediate cash. Suggested admission fee $20. One Hundred per cent of admission fee goes towards pediatric cancer research and support children with cancer.  For more information go to:
Pediatric Cancer Foundation’s mission is to find a cure for childhood cancer. Founded in 1970, this 501C3 non-profit charity raises money for research, state of the art equipment/instruments and parent/patient care for world renowned doctors at the hospitals PCF supports.  These hospitals include:  New York-Presbyterian, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, The Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center at NYU Hospital’s Center, North Shore LIJ – Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of NY, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center.  PCF receives no funding from the government.  PCF receives no funding from pharmaceutical companies.  Since 1970, over 90% of every dollar supports our mission to eradicate children’s cancer.  No child and their family should have to suffer the horror, pain and despair of pediatric cancer.

Friday, December 21, 2012.  “Happy Helping-Days” Soirée and Silent Auction – Give back this holiday season by supporting the March of Dimes at the first-annual “Happy Helping-Days” Soirée and Silent Auction, hosted by the Digital Arts Experience in White Plains.   Guests are invited to bid on an array of items donated by local Westchester businesses as well as enter to win a gift pack from the Tuscany Café.   Portion of the proceeds to benefit the Music Conservatory of Westchester and the 9/11 Fund.  7 p.m. to 11 p.m. $40 advanced tickets; $55 at the door.  All-you-can-eat and drink.  Digital Arts Experience, 170 Hamilton Avenue, White Plains, N.Y.  To purchase tickets visit

The community is invited to be part of Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester’s (HPCW) annual “Tree of Life.”  Individuals may purchase a personalized gold star in memory or in honor of a loved one, to be placed on the “Tree of Life.”  Any donation of $50 or more will receive a commemorative hand crafted porcelain ornament.  Donors are invited to HPCW’s tree lighting reception.  The evening will include entertainment by Manhattanville College’s elite pop vocal group, The Quintessentials.  Proceeds benefit HPCW in its efforts to provide comfort, care and compassion to those facing a life-threatening illness.  Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at The Hilton Westchester, 699 Westchester Avenue, Rye Brook, NY.  5:30p.m. – 7:00p.m.  For more information or to make a reservation, call Holly K. Benedict at 914-682-1484 x 122.

**Note: This event will be rescheduled to another date due to the storm and power issues. We will announce a new date shortly.

Please join hosts Katy Bray and Kerry Tomson for our first dialogue in a new speakers series featuring experts from Northern Westchester Hospital on topics of interest to women and families.

Know Your “Girls”: Strategies for Breast Health will feature experts Karen Arthur, MD, breast surgeon, and Mary Greco, nurse practitioner, from the Hospital’s Breast Institute who will speak about a wide range of breast health topics: from helping your daughters understand their changing bodies and what they can do to be ‘breast healthy’ to how we can know and recognize our own bodies as we head into the “mammogram years.”

Breast health from puberty to prevention — bring your questions and we’ll help you find your answers!

To learn more or to RSVP, please click here.

NWH Speaker Series is a new initiative headed by the Northern Westchester Hospital Foundation in an effort to help families and the amazing people who head them to get to know all of the fantastic services that NWH offers.  From women’s issues, to pediatrics, to the emergency room, cancer care, caretaker services, and more, we want you to KNOW about and have access to the amazing doctors and staff available to you and your families.  Please join us as we show off our great services!


Let the Good Times Roll at Mardi Gras Bowling Night to Benefit Open Door Family Medical Centers!   Open Door Family Medical Centers provides quality primary health care and human services at affordable prices to the community, particularly low-income, under-served residents and those lacking access to health care.   Mardi Gras Bowling Night,  Thursday, February 7th, 2013, 7-11pm.  Spins Bowl at Grand Prix NY, 333 North Bedford Road, Mount Kisco, NY 10549.  Fait les bon temps rouler (let the good times roll) with the Open Door Foundation at, Mardi Gras Bowling Night. Test your bowling skills and enjoy authentic Cajun food, New Orleans Jazz,  Zydeco Music, Hurricanes and much more – all to benefit the ongoing work of Open Door Family Medical Centers.  Mardi Gras King Sponsor – $1,000, Mardi Gras Queen Sponsor – $500, Mardi Gras Single ticket – $100.  Tickets & Info: Cristina Sanjuas-Dopazo, (914) 502-1410 or
Open Door, winner of the 2012 New York Nonprofit Excellence Award, has received the highest Recognition as a Patient-Centered Medical Home™ (PPC-PCMH™) from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). This ranking distinguishes them from medical practices across the nation as less than 12% are presently eligible to achieve this advanced standing. For 40 years, the federally qualified community health center has served a multi-cultural community and has provided top quality medical, dental care and social services to the Westchester community, particularly the economically disadvantaged.  Funding for Open Door Family Medical Centers comes from local, state and federal grants as well as private foundations and individuals.

David Miller, MD & David Schechtman, Tournament Chairmen Invite you to the Northern Westchester Hospital Golf Classic.
GlenArbor Golf Club, 234 Bedford Center Road, Bedford Hills, NY.  Tuesday, June 18, 2013.
10:30-11:45am: Registration, Driving Range and Lunch.  Noon Shotgun Start.  5pm Cocktails, Buffet Dinner and Awards.
For information and to sign up, contact Gaby Golod Greenwald, 914.242.8392 or email

Celebrate the Holidays by Giving to Westchester Neediest:  MHA Westchester, Operation: Holiday Joy.  Spread holiday cheer – give a gift to an individual or family.  Help MHA to make the holidays brighter for individuals, children and their families who would not receive – or be able to purchase – gifts if it weren’t for Operation: Holiday Joy. Each year, MHA helps families by requesting their personal wish lists, matching them to individuals and groups, and delivering the new clothing, toys, food and household items.  There are many ways to help. You can sponsor an individual or family; make a financial contribution and MHA staff will do the shopping; purchase food, clothing, household items or toys that MHA will match to a child or family; or donate store gift cards.  MHA’s holiday gift drive is a great opportunity for groups – schools, churches, synagogues, a department at work. For more information, call 914-345-5900 ext. 7511 or e-mail  MHA is a community-based mental health agency that has been helping Westchester County residents for 66 years through direct services, professional and community education and advocacy. MHA supports 20,000 individuals annually through a comprehensive array of mental health services striving to help each individual to achieve their personal goals and to lead independent, healthy and successful lives. For information, visit

St. Mark’s Martin E. Bancroft Memorial Community Thanksgiving Dinner.  We will host our annual community Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, November 22 from 12 noon to 3 pm in the parish hall.  This dinner is a community event involving volunteers and guests from all around the area. In 2011, we named the event in honor of Marty Bancroft, who had served as the ‘heart of the kitchen’ for 15 years and who passed away suddenly last November. Sara Amuso, Marty’s life partner and family members will carry on the tradition of running the kitchen. We are looking forward to the continued participation of St. Mark’s parishioners and members of Mt. Kisco and surrounding communities for this very special outreach event.  How can you get involved?  You can:  Communicate: help distribute flyers, Donate Food: Roasted Turkey (cooked), Pork Loin (uncooked), Fresh Fruit Salads, Black Beans & Rice, Desserts (pies,cakes,cookies), Deliver prepared food between 9:00 -11:30 a.m. on 11/22, Shop for food & supplies, Set up / decorate / clean up, Serve food and dine with the guests, Deliver food to homebound in the community (great way for families to get involved!).  Write a check!  Many hands, each contributing a little, will help to make it a special day.  Make it a family affair!  Your Thanksgiving meal will taste extra special as a result!  Over the last 4 years, we have been growing our service to the home bound, delivering meals to shut-ins who are unable to come to the parish hall. If you know someone who has difficulty getting out who would like a home delivered meal on Thanksgiving, please contact the coordinator: Paula Maiorano, (914) 830-3373.  Have questions or want to volunteer, please sign up in the Parish Hall entrance, call the Church office at 914 666-0858, or contact Barbara Leonard at 914 649-3918, barbaraleonard@optonline. Let’s spread the spirit of the St. Mark’s family to our community!

Please consider giving the gift of mobility and independence!  Can you spare some time to make a difference in the life of an older adult in our community? RideConnect, a non-profit program of Family Services of Westchester, is seeking volunteers to help drive older adults to a variety of activities: shopping, medical appointments, religious services or other errands in Westchester. These rides enable older adults to remain active in their communities and to continue to lead fulfilling lives. RideConnect asks that volunteers be able to provide one ride per month. Call Karen Ganis at (914) 864-0955/email or Marietta C. Manoni at (914) 864-2036/email