SOMERS, N.Y. – Somers student members of Good for Kids have recently returned from a visit to Costa Rica, where the group actively supports the Nicaraguan refugee camp La Carpio.
The nonprofit Good for Kids was founded in 2003 by a group of local residents, including Gail Simpson of the Somers Open Land Trust; Joanne Marien, former Somers schools superintendent; and Anne Harris, director of the Somers High School orchestra.
Over the years Good for Kids has provided the La Carpio refugees with shoes and socks for children, educational assistance for teenage girls, support for construction of facilities and other benefits, with the assistance of local charities such as Play It Forward, the Somers High School Social Action Club and Peer Leaders, Kids-to-Kids International, and shoe manufacturer TOMS.
The latest organization to join the Good for Kids team is the Stephanie Crispinelli Humanitarian Fund, which has already funded laptops for La Carpio students.
Good for Kids is planning an informal fundraiser – an evening of tapas, wine and friendship – Friday at Fellowship Hall at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church.
The evening will feature “outstanding food, a beautiful location and a worthy cause,” said Good for Kids board member Kaoru Monte. “Bring your book group, celebrate a friend’s birthday or do anything you might otherwise do. Good friends, good fun and Good for Kids.”
The party begins at 7 p.m. St. Matthew’s Church is at 382 Cantitoe St., Bedford Hills. Admission is $50 per person, tax deductible.