News Releases


Jun 30 2014

Yankees Legend Mariano Rivera Lights Up Friends of Karen's Gala


“An Evening in Venice” Benefit Honors Ari and Becki Fleischer, CNN’s John Berman is Emcee

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.



Jun 23 2014

Take a "Journey of the Heart" with Friends of Karen to Help Children with Cancer


Children’s charity hosts bike tour in New England countryside

On September 26, riders will mount their bikes and pedal off for a weekend in the late-summer beauty of Connecticut and Massachusetts.


May 12 2014

Yankees Legend Mariano Rivera Leads Lineup for Friends of Karen Gala


"An Evening in Venice" Benefit to Honor Ari and Becki Fleischer; CNN's John Berman is Emcee

     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.  The award is in recognition of Mr. Rivera’s varied activities to help Friends of Karen’s children, from donating autographed baseballs and caps to visiting the home of a youngster battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma to cheer him up.



May 7 2014

Long Island Philanthropy Makes Long-Term Financial Commitment to Friends of Karen Families

The John and Janet Kornreich Charitable Foundation has pledged $525,000 to Friends of Karen.  The gift, commencing in 2014 and spread out over a five year period, will 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.



Apr 22 2014

The Hope For Youth Foundation Partners with Friends of Karen


A Quarter-Century of Friendship and Support for Sick Children

For 25 years, The Hope For Youth Foundation has raised money by producing and selling the “Hudson Valley Weather Calendar,” which features beautiful photographs of the region and the forecast for every day of the year.  More than $2,500,000 has been raised over the years – and every penny has been donated to local children’s charities.  Back when it started in 1989, Friends of Karen was the very first charity to receive a grant from the foundation.



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