News Releases


Jul 7 2015

Help Friends of Karen Send Children Back To School with Smiles


Local Children’s Charity Aims to Fill 800 Backpacks for Upcoming School Year

When Kyle and Samantha’s mom saw the delivery from Friends of Karen, she was elated. Inside were the much needed supplies for her children to begin a successful school year. It was a relief for the family, whose other child, Erin, was diagnosed with leukemia.

“The last thing on my priority list, unfortunately, was getting the kids off to school with their necessary items. What a surprise when Friends of Karen stepped in with this beautiful gesture,” she said. “Not just for Erin, but for my other children as well.”   



May 14 2015

CNN Anchor John Berman Wins Big for Friends of Karen


Victory on “Celebrity Jeopardy” Nets $50,000 for Local Children’s Charity

“Who is James Cameron?” That was the answer that made John Berman the winner on last night’s episode of “Celebrity Jeopardy!” As the champion, Berman claimed $50,000 for children’s charity Friends of Karen.



May 4 2015

NBC, CNN Newscasters to Emcee Friends of Karen Benefit


Children’s Charity Presents “Portraits of Strength, Hope, Courage & Love”

Children’s charity Friends of Karen announced their spring gala “Portraits of Strength, Hope, Courage & Love” will be held on May 29, 2015 at The Loading Dock (Stamford, CT).  Trish Lobenfeld, a blogger, teacher and author on culinary topics, will receive the charity’s Sheila W. Petersen Award, named in honor of Friends of Karen’s founder, in recognition of her decade of helping Friends of Karen’s children.


Apr 1 2015

Michael Cassidy Elected to Friends of Karen Board of Directors

Friends of Karen announced that Michael Cassidy was elected to its Board of Directors.

Mr. Cassidy is the founder and currently Chairman of Undertone, a digital advertising company with clients in the U.S. and Europe.

Friends of Karen provides vital, practical and comprehensive support, at no cost, to New York Tri-State families caring for a child battling cancer or another life-threatening illness, from diagnosis through treatment. Mr. Cassidy and his wife Jennifer have been dedicated supporters of the charity for a decade.



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