News Releases


Oct 15 2014

3 Reasons to Dine with Friends of Karen and Mamma Rosa on Nov. 3


Restaurant Owners Plan Benefit for Children's Charity

            Reason #1: Filomena and Fortunato Multari, owners of Mamma Rosa Ristorante (named in honor of Fortunato’s mother), are presenting a lovingly prepared dinner with wine that you cannot get anywhere else.

            Reason #2:  Friends of Karen helped the Multaris for over two years when their son Joseph received treatment for cancer. Proceeds from this one-night-only dinner will be donated to Friends of Karen to help other families like theirs.



Oct 1 2014

Anne Angeles Elected to Friends of Karen Board of Directors

Friends of Karen has announced that Anne Angeles was elected to its Board of Directors. 

Ms. Angeles is a marketing executive who has developed and implemented brand-building initiatives at major firms in the U.S. and abroad, including Prudential Financial, American Express, McCann-Erickson, and American International Group.  She's also active in helping not-for-profits as a pro-bono marketing consultant with Taproot Foundation New York.



Aug 14 2014

Friends of Karen Sends Kids Back To School With Smiles

“The boys were so excited and thankful for the box of x of school supplies they received today as were mommy and daddy...thank you for everything and for making our lives that much easier while dealing with eveschool supplies they received today, as were mommy and daddy. Thank you for everything and for making our lives that much easier while dealing with everything else we have going on in our lives.” 



Aug 5 2014

Paul Barger Elected to Friends of Karen Board of Directors

Friends of Karen has announced that Paul Barger was elected to its Board of Directors. 

Mr. Barger is an attorney whose practice focuses on children with special needs. He often represents families in disputes with a New York or New Jersey public school district, trying to secure the services that will best help a child succeed.



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.



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