Aug 14 2018


Non-Profit Supporting Critically-Ill Children Adds Community Leaders in Real Estate, Finance and Electrical Contracting

NORTH SALEM, NY, August 14, 2018 -- Friends of Karen, which supports critically-ill children and their families, has elected three new members to its Board of Directors, Connecticut resident Louis Meltzer, Long Island resident Joana Bekerman and Westchester resident Tom Jocelyn.

With over a decade of real estate experience, Louis Meltzer is the principal of LEM Equities, LLC a real estate investment...

Jul 25 2018


Non-Profit Supporting Families With Critically Ill Children Seeks Donations of School Supplies and Gift Cards
NORTH SALEM, NY, July 24, 2018 -- Friends of Karen, the non-profit children's charity which supports families in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut who are struggling to stay afloat financially and emotionally while caring for their critically-ill child, has launched its 2018 Back to School Program beginning today. They are seeking help from the community, in the form of both school supplies and gift cards. 

Aug 14 2017

New Board President

Friends of Karen, which supports critically-ill children and their families in the NY Tri-State area, has elected a new President of their Board of Directors, longtime board member and North Salem resident, Paul Smadbeck. 

Paul joined the Friends of Karen Board in April 1996 and has been an active member ever since. Paul has worked in...

Jun 19 2017

Friends of Karen Featured on CNN’s Champions for Change

CNN Anchor John Berman Profiles Organization that Provides Support to Families Caring for a Child with a Life-Threatening Illness
New York, NY – June 19, 2017 -- Friends of Karen, an organization that supports critically-ill children and their families, is proud to announce that it has been profiled by CNN in the network’s special program, Champions for Change.  Esteemed anchor John Berman introduces Friends of Karen as a cause that is close to his heart, and offers a glimpse into the organization, which provides one-on-one support for hundreds...

Apr 27 2017

A Friends of Karen Mom on a Mission

List of NY State Assembly Members and Senators Co-Sponsoring Dream Law

When Diana Lemon’s 12-year old daughter, Dream, was born with Sickle Cell Anemia it was the start of a very long and difficult journey for this single mom and her only child. In December 2014 Dream received a...

Apr 12 2017

Children’s Non-Profit Planning its Summer Gala

Friends of Karen, which supports critically-ill children and their families, will hold its summer gala benefit, Catch the Spirit! on Friday, June 2, 2017 at the Brae Burn Country Club in Purchase, NY.

The evening will include gourmet dining, fun cocktail tastings, musical entertainment, and inspiring stories. The event will also celebrate two outstanding honorees for their...

Jan 30 2017

Friends of Karen Names New Board Members

Friends of Karen, which supports critically-ill children and their families, has added two new members to its Board of Directors, New York City residents, Laura Salerno and Sara Colodner.
With nearly a decade of public relations experience, Laura Salerno is a communications and media relations strategist.  Prior to launching her own consulting practice in...

Dec 1 2016

Children’s Non-Profit to Deliver Gifts and Smiles for the Holidays with YOUR Help!

Friends of Karen, which supports critically-ill children and their families, plans, once again this year, to make sure each Friends of Karen child and their siblings have something to smile about through their Holiday Adopt-A-Family program.

“Thank you never feels like enough! With everything going on, buying gifts was really the last thing on my mind so when your box came in the mail it meant so much. To see the looks on my...

Oct 18 2016

Special Event to Benefit Adina's Angels Fund at Friends of Karen

All are invited to the...

Oct 5 2016

Italian Dinner Party for Friends of Karen at Mamma Rosa

On Monday, October 17, 6:30-9:00 pm, Mamma Rosa Ristorante in Somers will host their 4th Annual Italian Dinner Party to benefit Friends of Karen. This event is held...