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Friends of Karen


The Friends of Karen charity has a chief aim of providing emotional, financial and advocacy support to families of a child with cancer or another life-threatening illness, from diagnosis through treatment, for as long as they need. Friends of Karen were founded in 1978 by Sheila Petersen. A friend's daughter, Karen, was terminally ill, and she wanted to come home from the hospital to live her final days surrounded by her family. Karen's family's insurance did not cover home care and her family could not afford the cost themselves. Sheila galvanized the community to help raise funds to enable Karen to remain at home.

When Karen died, Sheila established Friends of Karen as a resource for other families who had a child with a life-threatening illness. Since then, Friends of Karen has supported 5,000 children and their families. When siblings are counted, Friends of Karen has touched the lives of more than 11,800 children in the New York Tri-State area. To learn more on how you can help, visit (www.FriendsofKaren.org).

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation


DRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is now the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF research is to improve the lives of all people affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners who share this goal.

Since its founding in 1970, JDRF has awarded more than $1.6 billion to diabetes research. Past JDRF efforts have helped to significantly advance the care of people with this disease, and have expanded the critical scientific understanding of T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered. More than 80 percent of JDRF's expenditures directly support research and research-related education. (www.jdrf.org).

Hispanic Executives Reaching Out


HERO's mission statement is to To mentor, cultivate, and promote future Hispanic Executives within the Law enforcement community. Thus, assisting law enforcement agencies in their efforts to diversify executive representation in their organizations. To establish a professional forum for Hispanic Executives to interact, create, and developed new venues that serve the need of Hispanics in the law enforcement field. To establish strategies that will enhance relationships with the communities we serve. (www.hispanicexecutives.org).

Refuge of Hope


Refuge of Hope began in 2009 in the home of Mariano and Clara Rivera. A small group of individuals would meet for a time of prayer and sharing on a regular basis. This group quickly experienced growth as the needs of the attendees were being met. They felt the need to organize a local church that would not only present the message of salvation to its attendees, but also provide programs that would meet the needs of the less fortunate in the community.

In order to accomplish their mission, they quickly determined that they would need a more formal setting. In their efforts to expand, a beautiful, historic building formally known as North Avenue Presbyterian Church was acquired from the City of New Rochelle, New York. The building has already gained admittance to the National Register of Historic Places.

Refuge of Hope provides food, clothing and any other tools needed by those we serve. A Learning Center for the area's children is being projected for the near future. The center will provide educational help, sports programs and other after school activities to children and teens. Our central mission is to reach out to families regardless of race, color or financial status. The goal is to equip the youth with the necessary resources to succeed in their everyday life.

Acura of Westchester donates $50 per car to the Refuge of Hope Church. (www.refugiodeesperanza.net).

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