April 19, 2021

NORTH SALEM, NY, April 19, 2021 -- Friends of Karen, an organization that provides support for critically-ill children and their families, has appointed Leslie A. Bellissimo as New York Metro-Area Regional Director.

With a 30-year background in fundraising, marketing and sales, Leslie comes to Friends of Karen from the American Heart Association in Plainview, NY, where since April 2016, her positions have included Regional Director, Major Gifts Advisor and most recently, Senior Director.

Ms. Bellissimo will lead Friends of Karen’s fundraising and community outreach programs on Long Island and in the New York metro area.  She is based at the organization’s Long Island office currently located in Port Jefferson.

“We’re delighted to welcome Leslie to Friends of Karen.  Her depth of experience and passion for our mission will make her an indispensable member of the Friends of Karen team,” said Judith Factor, Executive Director.

About Friends of Karen: Friends of Karen is a non-profit organization that provides emotional, financial and advocacy support for children with a life-threatening illness and their families in order to keep them stable, functioning, and able to cope. For families living in the New York tri-state region, Friends of Karen gives them more time for what’s most important: each other. The organization helps over 300 ill children and their families every month, at no cost to them. Friends of Karen has a four-star top rating from Charity Navigator, an independent organization that evaluates the financial efficiency and responsibility of hundreds of U.S. charities.  Friends of Karen meets the 20 Standards of Charity Accountability of the BBB of Metro New York.


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