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North Salem's Friends Of Karen Raises $320K At Spring Gala Benefit

CNN anchor and emcee John Berman, Friends of Karen Executive Director Judith Factor, honoree Trish Lobenfeld, honoree Tom Jocelyn (Yorktown Heights), and NBC News National Correspondent and emcee Kate Snow.
CNN anchor and emcee John Berman, Friends of Karen Executive Director Judith Factor, honoree Trish Lobenfeld, honoree Tom Jocelyn (Yorktown Heights), and NBC News National Correspondent and emcee Kate Snow. Photo Credit: Contributed
Celebration chairs Sharon Weiner, Lydia Singer (Armonk) and Alessandra Hernandez.
Celebration chairs Sharon Weiner, Lydia Singer (Armonk) and Alessandra Hernandez. Photo Credit: Contributed
Friends of Karen Board President Pam Hervey with her husband John and daughter Bettina.
Friends of Karen Board President Pam Hervey with her husband John and daughter Bettina. Photo Credit: Contributed
Deepak Thadani and Elena Paraskevas, of Armonk.
Deepak Thadani and Elena Paraskevas, of Armonk. Photo Credit: Contributed
Linda and Seth Potash, of Pleasantville.
Linda and Seth Potash, of Pleasantville. Photo Credit: Contributed

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. -- The Friends of Karen's spring gala benefit, "Portraits of Strength, Hope, Courage & Love," was May 29 at The Loading Dock in Stamford.

It raised more than $320,000 to help hundreds of families who seek help from the organization on a daily basis.

The evening was filled with memorable moments, including CNN anchor John Berman donating his $50,000 “Celebrity Jeopardy!” winner’s check, NBC News national correspondent and anchor Kate Snow introducing a new film and honorees Trish Lobenfeld and Tom Jocelyn’s sharing inspiring stories, according to a press release.

“I was very ill when Friends of Karen came into my family’s life. When I’m sad, Friends of Karen is there and they help the light come back. They’ve helped my little sister smile again, they’ve helped my older sister and my mom," said Laura, a Friends of Karen child who is battling a rare cancer, in a press release.

Friends of Karen provides vital and comprehensive support, at no cost, to families in the tri-state region who are caring for a child battling cancer or another life-threatening illness, according to a press release.

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