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North Salem's Friends Of Karen Raises $340,000 For Westchester Families

Friends of Karen honoree and Chappaqua native Palma Patti (center) with husband, Perry Cacace, sons Lucas, Zane, Hayden and Derek and friend Danielle Hartzband.
Friends of Karen honoree and Chappaqua native Palma Patti (center) with husband, Perry Cacace, sons Lucas, Zane, Hayden and Derek and friend Danielle Hartzband. Photo Credit: Courtesy Friends Of Karen
Friends of Karen supporter Vinny Liscio, of Somers, and friends dance during the benefit gala on June 14 in Mamaroneck.
Friends of Karen supporter Vinny Liscio, of Somers, and friends dance during the benefit gala on June 14 in Mamaroneck. Photo Credit: Courtesy Friends Of Karen

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. -- Westchester families with children fighting life-threatening diseases are getting a lot more support thanks to Friends of Karen's recent benefit at Mamaroneck's Beach & Yacht Club.

The charity benefit on June 14 helped raise more than $340,000 for families in Westchester, with contributions coming from members and honorees from Somers, Yorktown Heights, North Salem, Armonk, Briarcliff Manor, Chappaqua, Larchmont, Yonkers, Katonah and Pound Ridge. Rye Brook native and NBC correspondent Kate Snow emceed the 35th anniversary fund-raiser, according to a news release.

“Friends of Karen is a lifeline for families caring for a child with a life-threatening illness,” said Snow in the release. “I am honored to be part of such an amazing organization, a resource like no other.”

The evening honored longtime Friends of Karen board member Palma Patti, of Chappaqua, with the Sheila W. Petersen Award. Patti described Friends of Karen as “an extraordinary community of kindness and hope," according to the release.

"It is an inspirational privilege to be associated with you,” Patti said in the release.  Proceeds from the gala will benefit the hundreds of children battling cancer and other life-threatening illnesses in the tri-state area, according to the release.

“Friends of Karen started with one child, Karen, and her family,”  Judith Factor, the charity’s executive director, said in the release. “Since then, we’ve touched the lives of more than 12,400 children. That’s something to celebrate.”

Friends of Karen is a nonprofit charity which recently moved its headquarters from Purdys to North Salem.

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