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childrenshopechestOn Saturday September 22, dozens of Scarsdale kids sold home baked goods to benefit The Children’s Hope Chest first annual Recipe for Hope Fundraiser. Pictured here are Sydney Frank, Allie Singer, Abby Fisher, and Audrey Gendel who ran a bake sale at the Green Acres soccer field, following their soccer game.

All of the proceeds from the bake sales were given to The Children’s Hope Chest and will be used to support its mission of providing help and offering hope to children in our community suffering from poverty, abuse, neglect and illness. “In addition to helping those in need, The Children’s Hope Chest strives to increase social action by promoting adult and youth volunteerism,” said Susan Nangle, co-President of the organization. “We are excited that this program will get so many young people out to help others.”

The Children’s Hope Chest is a local grass-roots organization comprised of concerned individuals who wish to promote volunteerism and goodwill in an effort to help lift despair among local children in need. By creating programs and encouraging the participation of children, CHC strives to offer hope to these children. They partner with established organizations that are already helping local needy families to provide them with items that are already helping local needy families to provide them with items that are

Learn more at: www.childrenshopechest.com

Houlihan Lawrence Makes Strides for Breast Cancer

Scarsdale agents and staff from Houlihan Lawrence are participating in the American Cancer Society “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer “ walk on October 21 at Manhattanville College in Purchase. They are inviting supporters from Scarsdale to join them for this fun, two-hour walk through the beautiful Manhattanville campus. Contributions can also be made to the cause by going to Erika Collazo’s Making Strides webpage. Erika is on staff at Houlihan Lawrence.

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Friends of Karen to Host Event at LIFE in Ardsley

The Adina's Angels Fund at Friends of Karen is named in memory of Adina Berkowitz, who lost her 4-year battle with leukemia at the age of 17. Justin, Adina's 20-year-old brother, died unexpectedly only two weeks before Adina.

The Adina's Angels Fund has raised over $100,000 so far to support Friends of Karen’s mission of providing emotional, financial and advocacy support to children with a life-threatening illness and their family. It particularly strengthens support for youngsters coping with their sister's or brother's illness.

So put on your dancing shoes and enjoy cocktails, hor d’oeuvres, dinner, a raffle the DJ and more. join the fun! Click here for more information.

The Adina’s Angels 3rd Annual Fundraising Event to support Friends of Karen
October 12, 2012
LIFE...The Place To Be
2 Lawrence Street
Ardsley, NY 10502



MorettieviteThe community is invited to a special event at Life, The Place to Be in Ardsley to support Luke Moretti and others who have been affected by spinal cord injuries. Last April Scarsdale High School alumni Luke Moretti was injured in a diving accident during his freshman year at Vanderbilt University and suffered severe life-altering spinal cord injuries. He fractured his C5 vertebra, and is presently paralyzed from the chest down. Despite this catastrophic injury, Luke’s boundless spirit, his positive outlook, and his determination to resume his life’s passions and goals are an inspiration to everyone he meets.

Following the accident, parents Michael and Anne Moretti created The Luke Moretti Fund, a not-for-profit fund within the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation to help raise public awareness, fund research, and directly assist the huge community of people whose lives have been affected by spinal cord injuries.

On Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 at 7:30 PM, the Luke Moretti Fund is hosting a special evening, encompassing a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by a two-hour concert, featuring The Cast of Beatlemania at Life, The Place to Be in Ardsley. Proceeds will support The Luke Moretti Fund, to benefit the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation for Spinal Cord Research.

Here is an opportunity to experience a nostalgic evening of music while supporting an important cause. Admission for the evening is $125.00 per person and includes a cocktail reception, light hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, a raffle, and a musically charged event featuring The Cast of Beatlemania.

The cast Of Beatlemania will recreate the sights, sounds and magic of The Beatles, live on stage. With three different costumes changes, coinciding with the changing music and times, theirs is the first, original and only complete representation of the The Beatles. The cast includes performers who starred in the Broadway production and have performed throughout the country and the world. The concert is produced by Baumer Ventures Inc.

To order tickets and/or make a donation, visit www.lukemorettifund.eventbrite.com. To charge by phone, or for additional information, call 914-591-4400. Seating is limited.

To support the Luke Moretti Fund through either private or corporate sponsorships, to donate to the silent auction or to learn more, contact Rich Baumer @ 917-733-3900 or email Rich@RichBaumer.com.


ChesedThis Sunday, September 9, from 10 am to 3 pm, the JCC of Mid-Westchester and UJA Federation of New York will host a Day of Chesed (Kindness), Service and Remembrance in honor of the observance of the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance.

In 2011, the JCC welcomed over 1,200 members of the community as part of the largest day of good deeds and charitable service in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of 9/11. “The response to last year’s event was overwhelming. We want to continue the spirit of volunteerism that followed the tragic events of 9/11 by organizing a day where the community can participate in service projects, good deeds and remembrance”, said Milton Sussman, Acting Executive Director.

A number of activities will take place, including a Rosh Hashanah Holiday Package program in partnership with UJA to benefit Bronx Community Services, a children’s clothing drive sponsored by Kids Kloset, a program of Westchester Jewish Community Services, a teen/adult clothing drive to benefit the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (JBFCS) and Jewish Child Care Association (JCCA) and a sandwich brigade and boxed cereal collection to benefit Hope Community Services, which provides meals for the hungry in New Rochelle.JCCLogo

Also planned are a bone marrow drive with the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation, a pet adoption with PetRescue, a blood drive to benefit the blood bank at White Plains Hospital, a DVD collection for Operation Support Our Troops which sends packages to soldiers, toiletries/first aid supplies for AFYA Foundation and hair donations for Locks of Love, an organization that benefits children with medical hair loss. “In total, fourteen local agencies will benefit from the day’s activities. We are asking members of the community to come out and donate items for these drives and/or participate in other charitable opportunities taking place that day at the JCC,” said Sussman.

New this year will be sports activities for children, and intergenerational activities including a concert by Rockmitzvah, a musical ensemble of real rock and roll musicians performing with local teens. In addition, there will be age appropriate art activities for children as well as teen service projects for both high school (11am-1pm) and middle school (1pm-2pm) students. A remembrance program will take place at 10:30am. “We are happy to host this event and serve as a hub of community activity to bring awareness of our role in the community and also for the many services we provide here at the JCC”, said Ophira Cukierman, co-president of the Board of Directors.

Everyone is welcome to participate, though teens are being asked to sign up in advance here. Children of all ages are welcome as there will be sports activities, art projects and the Rockmitzvah concert. See the entire schedule here .

Corporate Sponsors include Arizona Beverages, Houlihan Lawrence, and Seasons. Co-sponsors include American Jewish Committee, BBYO, Hillels of Westchester, JCC on the Hudson, J-Teen Leadership, New Rochelle Jewish Coalition, Rockmitzvah, Rosenthal JCC of Northern Westchester, Solomon-Schechter School of Westchester, The Jewish Renaissance Experience, Westchester Day School, Westchester Hebrew High School, Westchester Jewish Community Services, and Westchester Jewish Council.

The JCC of Mid-Westchester, a proud beneficiary of UJA-Federation of New York, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the community by providing cultural, social, educational and recreational/fitness programs, human services and Jewish identity-building opportunities to people of all ages and backgrounds. For more information about the JCC of Mid-Westchester please visit their website .

waysideThe Junior League of Central Westchester (JLCW) invites women from Eastchester, Greenburgh, Scarsdale and White Plains to its semi-annual “Recruiting Coffees” at historic Wayside Cottage on September 20th at 8:00 pm and September 21st at 9:30 am. The JLCW is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The JLCW invites women of all races, religions and national origins who are committed to volunteerism to become a member.

At the informational coffees, prospective members will learn about the JLCW’s efforts to improve the lives of neighbors in need, as well as the activities that support these initiatives, including fundraising and development, volunteer training and communications. Joining the JLCW provides opportunities for volunteers to impact their community in a meaningful way, to benefit from training in a variety of educational and leadership programs, and foster life-long friendships and professional relationships with fellow volunteers and members of the community in which they serve.

New members enter a training course where they work together to complete a short-term community service project. Last year’s Fall New Member project was a diaper drive that successfully collected over 55,000 diapers for local children in need. The short-term projects are designed to help the community, allow members to get acquainted with the League, and foster networking between new members.

“Our membership encompasses the full spectrum of central Westchester women, including professional executives and stay-at-home moms, who share the same commitment to making an impact on the community and building life-long friendships ,” stated Lauren Wyler-Smith, President of the JLCW. “I look forward to welcoming a new group of dynamic women, calling them my friends, and working with them on many projects in the future.”

The coffees will be held on September 20th at 8:00 pm and September 21st at 9:30 am at Wayside Cottage, 1039 Post Road, Scarsdale NY. Women interested in learning more about the JLCW should RSVP by September 14th to jlcw@verizon.net or by phone to (914) 723-6130. More details are available at www.jlcentralwestchester.org .

About the Junior League of Central Westchester

The Junior League of Central Westchester (JLCW) is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Headquartered at historic Wayside Cottage, the JLCW has served the communities of Eastchester, Greenburgh, Scarsdale and White Plains for over 65 years. Its approximately 250 active and sustaining members are accomplished collaborators who identify community needs and develop effective and responsive programs to serve those needs. The JLCW invites women of all races, religions and national origins who are committed to volunteerism to become a member.

For more information call 914.723.6130 or jlcw@verizon.net.

purdyreunionOver 140 descendants of Robert Purdy, (1823-1890), an escaped slave from Louisiana, held a reunion on August 11. Purdy purchased farmland on Saxon Woods Road in 1858 and traces of the original farm still remain today. Residents staged an unsuccessful attempt in 2011 to preserve a home at 140 Saxon Woods Road , one of the original stuctures on Purdy’s property. Purdy, a farming entrepreneur co-founded the A.M.E. Zion Church of Mamaroneck, N.Y.

Mayor Miriam Levitt Flisser issued a proclamation at the event proclaiming August 11, 2012, as Robert Purdy Day in the Village of Scarsdale.

Pictured above: (standing l-r): Haywood Gill, William Peterson, Mayor Miriam Levitt Flisser, David Vaughn (seated): Hazel Gill (family matriarch, age 93), Gertrude Faulkner

Photo credit: Harvey Flisser



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