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Children’s Nonprofit Plans Summer Gala

Tammy Gates, Sharon Weiner, Nicole Stonbely, Mitsy Sato. Standing left to right: Karen Savir, Lisa Jocelyn, Susan Strawgate Code, Gwen Salmo, Linda Potash, Lydia Singer, Leslie Gerson, Palma Patti Credits: Photo Courtesy of Friends of Karen

NORTH SALEM, N.Y.— Friends of Karen, which supports critically ill children and their families, will hold its summer gala benefit, Catch the Spirit! on Friday, June 2 at the Brae Burn Country Club in Purchase.

The evening will include gourmet dining, fun cocktail tastings, musical entertainment, and inspiring stories. The event will be hosted by CNN’s John Berman, and will celebrate two outstanding honorees for their commitment to Friends of Karen’s mission, Briarcliff Manor resident, Susan Strawgate Code, and Bedford resident, Alan Dubow.

The Gala Committee, co-chaired by Alessandra Hernandez, Linda Potash and Sharon Weiner, is hard at work to make this an evening to remember. The committee also includes: Vicki Camerino, Susan Strawgate Code, Ann Cohen, Dale Fauser, Tammy and Todd Gates, Leslie Gerson, Pam Hervey, Jackie Holzinger, Phyllis Jacobson, Lisa Jocelyn, Holly Kimmel, Trish Lobenfeld, JeMe Mosca, Palma Patti, Gwen Salmo, Mitsy Sato, Karen Savir, Lydia and Neil Singer, Nicole Stonbely, Elena Paraskevas-Thadani and Deepak Thadani.

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Proceeds from the gala will benefit the hundreds of children battling a life-threatening illness in the New York Tri-State area whose families turn to Friends of Karen for support to help them get through this heart-breaking journey which can last many months or even years.

Tickets and sponsorships are available. For more info, please contact Gwen Salmo at (914) 617-4051 or or visit

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