Thursday, October 28, 2021
7:00 PM

Join Friends of Karen at our 2021 Virtual Gala, an inspiring event that will showcase our Shining Stars and the work you help make possible. Together we’ll celebrate bringing help and hope to New York area children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses and their families.

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Louis Shapiro
President and CEO
Hospital for Special Surgery

JeMe Cioppa-Mosca
Vice President of Rehabilitation
Hospital for Special Surgery

Hosted By


John Berman

CNN co-anchor “New Day” with Brianna Keilar

Support Friends of Karen

Friends of Karen brings help and hope to New York Tri-State area children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, and their families.

As the rest of the world prepares to return to something a bit more normal, our families are still experiencing severe financial hardships added to the overwhelming stress of their child’s illness.

Your generosity will help families cover their child’s medical bills, travel costs to hospitals for treatment, essentials like housing, food and childcare made more difficult due to illness-related job loss, sibling support and other vital needs.

As a partner in this life-changing work, you ensure that families will have the guidance and support of skilled Friends of Karen social workers who help families overwhelmed with caring for their ill child.


No family should face their child’s heartbreaking illness alone. Thanks to you, they will have Friends of Karen by their side. Your commitment and kindness gives our children and families hope!


of our $500,000 goal


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Our mission is to provide emotional, financial and advocacy support for children with a life-threatening illness and their families in order to help keep them stable, functioning, and able to cope.

We started in 1978 with one family; one child, Karen MacInnes; and one inspired woman, Sheila Petersen. Since then, we have assisted nearly 17,000 children and their families.

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Our Sponsors

Shining Star Sponsors

Sharon and Jonas Weiner
Shimmering Star Sponsors

J and Jody Durst
Sparkling Star Sponsors

Palma Patti and Perry Cacace
Twinkling Star Sponsors

Christina and Avery Fuchs
Glimmering Star Sponsors

Peter and Rose Ann Chieco
Laura Salerno Evans and Drew Evans
Maria and Mark Gonsalves
Glowing Star Sponsors

Sue and Doug Benach
Nicole and Mike Nieves
Gayle and Jay Waxenberg
Gala Website Host
Silver Screen Host
Sparkling Wine Sponsor