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 the commercial real estate business in New York City since 1984 and is currently a...

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 stem cell transplant as part of...

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 commitment to Friends of...

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 2015, she was a VP at Havas...

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 7th Annual Benefit for The Adina’s Angels Fund at Friends of Karen on Thursday, October 27, 7:00-10:00 pm at Mulino’s at Lake Isle, 660 White Plains Rd., Eastchester. It will be an evening of entertainment, food, drink and inspiration, featuring the music of Maddy Ruff and presenting the Inaugural Angel Award...

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 each year in honor of the owners' son, Joseph Multari (right with his parents Fortunato and Filomena), who underwent treatment for cancer for over 3 years and was helped by Friends of Karen. The organization is a lifeline of support for families in the NY, NJ and CT area...

Sep 30 2016

What a Weekend for a Bike Ride for Charity!

Friends of Karen, headquartered in North Salem, held its 12th annual Journey of the Heart Bike Tour this past weekend over the picturesque roads of northern Connecticut. Each rider was assigned a Friends of Karen child who is battling cancer or another life-threatening illness and whose family is being helped by the organization to provide inspiration. The ride was grueling, but the motivation was energizing.  One rider, Alan Dubow,...

Sep 12 2016

CNN’s Randi Kaye to Host “An Evening at Tribeca Rooftop”

An  evening of fabulous food, drink and music along with exciting live and silent auctions and not-to-be-missed views of the world-famous Manhattan skyline await all who attend Friend of Karen's annual "An Evening at Tribeca Rooftop" on Thursday, September 22 at 6:30 pm in NYC. This special event will take place at the stunning Tribeca Rooftop at 2 Desbrosses Street and will be hosted by CNN...