photos host a local event

Above: The St. Patrick's Day auction at the Blazer Pub (Somers, NY) is a benefit for Friends of Karen children.

Wrapping birthday presents (above) and collecting toys for our "gift pantry" (below) are two ways to help.

Host a Local Event

Host a Local Event
Host a Local Event


Whether at your job or in your own back yard, there are so many opportunities to host an event to benefit Friends of Karen.  From tag sales and baseball games to spin-a-thons and shop-a-thons, our supporters give their time and energy to organize events, raise money and increase awareness of the need that Friends of Karen fills for critically ill children and their families.

Be creative and find something that fits with your unique talents. 

Below are a just a few examples:

  • Birthday Program – Collect items for our birthday toy pantry.  Contact Denise Tredwell to find out the most current items needed.
  • Food Program – Collect gift cards to King Kullen, ShopRite, and Stop & Shop, ShopRite.
  • School Supplies Project – Fill a new backpack with school supplies.
  • Thanksgiving-in-a-Basket – Put together a basket of Thanksgiving food and a $20 supermarket gift certificate for the turkey.
  • Holiday Adopt-A-Family Program – Fulfill the wish list of a critically-ill child and their siblings.  Read our Adopt-A-Family page for more information.
  • Gift Certificate Drive – Collect gift certificates to Au Bon Pain, Dunkin’ Donuts, Panera, Subway, and Starbucks.  Many of these can be purchased online and sent to Friends of Karen.
  • Hospital Goodie Bags – Collect travel-size bath and body products and put together gift bags for our hospitalized children and teenagers.
  • Dress-down Day:  Charge staff or students for the opportunity to enjoy a "Denim Day."
  • Involve local community and service groups such as:
    • Rotary Clubs; Lions Clubs; Knights of Columbus
    • PTA, town-wide or library events
    • Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Youth groups
    • Book clubs, gardening organizations; fraternities or sororities
    • Professional organizations and Young Professional organizations
    • Business networking groups
    • Alumni associations
    • Or just get a group of your friends together for a tag sale, car wash or bake sale.

To get started on a local event or for more information, please email Gwen Salmo or call (914) 617-4051.



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