Giving Back

Realtors Make Donation to North Salem’s Friends of Karen

NORTH SALEM, N.Y.— The Hudson Gateway REALTOR® Foundation, the charitable arm of the Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS®, recently presented a check for $1,000 to Friends of Karen, based in North Salem. 

Friends of Karen provides emotional, financial and advocacy support for children with a life-threatening illness and their families in order to help keep them strong, functioning, and  able to cope.

Friends of Karen is one of 17 local Hudson Valley charities benefitting from The REALTOR® Foundation, which raised more than $30,000 at its September “Monte Carlo Night Gala” at Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle. 

Sign Up for E-News

Established in 2004 and relaunched in 2013, the Foundation has donated thousands of dollars to charities and non-profits throughout the Hudson Valley.   As concerned members of the communities we work in, the Hudson Gateway REALTOR® Foundation participates in qualified community-based charities who serve the housing, hunger, health, happiness, and humane needs of citizens everywhere.

In 1978, Karen MacInnes, 16, of Purdys, was terminally ill with Lafora disease, a rare genetic disorder. She had been hospitalized for almost a year, but wanted to spend her remaining time at home.

Sheila Petersen, a family friend, appealed to the community about the plight of Karen and her family. Friends and neighbors gave generously to help pay the mounting bills for the ‘round-the-clock care she needed.

After Karen died, her family expressed their wish that Sheila continue to help other families with a catastrophically ill child. Friends of Karen was created to carry out that mission.

This article was provided by the HGAR.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

North Salem

Who Rescued Whom?

After giving birth to our first two kids, Lauren and I decided to adopt our third child, Justin, who came home with us on Dec. 23.

The third child was a bit furrier than the first two. He also walks on four legs.

We don’t know too much about Justin. Paw Safe Animal Rescue in Patterson told us that he was rescued from a kill-shelter in Alabama. We’re not sure why anyone would ...

Upcoming Events

Mon, January 23, 10:30 AM

Somers Library, Somers

Multi Media Art Class

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_9cd8bbdacfc20902be36_nwh_northwell_logo_version6_728wx90h_px

Tue, January 31, 9:30 AM

NWH Ken Hamilton Caregivers Center, Mount Kisco

The Ken Hamilton Caregiver Support Program

Community Calendar Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_681bbff0179da98517e9_nwh_northwell_logo_version6_728wx90h_px

Tue, January 31, 3:30 PM

NWH Conference Center, Mt. Kisco

Northern Westchester Hospital Sibling Class

Health & Wellness

Taking the Plunge, for a Good Cause

On any New Year’s Day since 2013, if you happened to be at Riverfront Green in Peekskill, looking toward the Hudson River, you might think you hadn’t fully recovered from the prior evening’s festivities and were hallucinating.

But even stone cold sober, your eyes wouldn’t be deceiving you. Yes, that was a large throng of people running into the icy waters in summery ...

Once Upon a Sagging Mattress

“Help!” I cried out meekly.

“Where are you?” asked my husband, looking around the bedroom.

“I’m in here,” I responded. “In the mattress.” Truth be told, I wasn’t actually in the mattress. It was more like I was on it, but I was sunk down so low, it looked like I had been swallowed up by the mattress. Our very pricey and ...

I Want to Redecorate, but Where Do I Begin? 

Since decorating mistakes can be very costly and time consuming, I always urge my clients to do their homework before undertaking any redecorating project.

What kind of homework?  A good way to begin is to flip through design and decorating magazines, and visit websites dedicated to interior décor. Start collecting pictures of various design products and styles that appeal to you ...

What Are Learning Modalities?

Dana Stahl, a learning specialist and educational consultant, will address educational questions and concerns that parents may have regarding their children’s academic development and progress in school. Topics can center on how to handle homework dilemmas to what questions to ask at a CSE meeting. Questions can range from “How best do parents advocate for their children?” to ...

NSVAC: Still Answering the Call

January 20, 2017

NORTH SALEM, N.Y.— While Croton Falls resident Phyllis Swidorski waited for the Somers Ambulance Corps to come to the aid of an injured child, she realized that North Salem really ought to have its own emergency services. The year was 1969.

A small group, described by Swidorski as “just housewives,” got together and began to contact possible benefactors. The North Salem Lions ...

TAPinto Launches Free TAPinto App for iPhone and Android: Download it Today

January 17, 2017

TAPinto.net launched a free TAPinto App today for iPhone and Android, enabling readers to obtain their local news and events in a fast, easy-to-use application.  With this launch, TAPinto becomes one of the only local news publications in the country to have its own App.

The TAPinto App not only features news and events, but also enables readers to receive push notifications regarding ...

Who Rescued Whom?

After giving birth to our first two kids, Lauren and I decided to adopt our third child, Justin, who came home with us on Dec. 23.

The third child was a bit furrier than the first two. He also walks on four legs.

We don’t know too much about Justin. Paw Safe Animal Rescue in Patterson told us that he was rescued from a kill-shelter in Alabama. We’re not sure why anyone would ...

Upcoming Events

Mon, January 23, 10:30 AM

Somers Library, Somers

Multi Media Art Class

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_9cd8bbdacfc20902be36_nwh_northwell_logo_version6_728wx90h_px

Tue, January 31, 9:30 AM

NWH Ken Hamilton Caregivers Center, Mount Kisco

The Ken Hamilton Caregiver Support Program

Community Calendar Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_681bbff0179da98517e9_nwh_northwell_logo_version6_728wx90h_px

Tue, January 31, 3:30 PM

NWH Conference Center, Mt. Kisco

Northern Westchester Hospital Sibling Class

Health & Wellness

Taking the Plunge, for a Good Cause

On any New Year’s Day since 2013, if you happened to be at Riverfront Green in Peekskill, looking toward the Hudson River, you might think you hadn’t fully recovered from the prior evening’s festivities and were hallucinating.

But even stone cold sober, your eyes wouldn’t be deceiving you. Yes, that was a large throng of people running into the icy waters in summery ...

Once Upon a Sagging Mattress

“Help!” I cried out meekly.

“Where are you?” asked my husband, looking around the bedroom.

“I’m in here,” I responded. “In the mattress.” Truth be told, I wasn’t actually in the mattress. It was more like I was on it, but I was sunk down so low, it looked like I had been swallowed up by the mattress. Our very pricey and ...

I Want to Redecorate, but Where Do I Begin? 

Since decorating mistakes can be very costly and time consuming, I always urge my clients to do their homework before undertaking any redecorating project.

What kind of homework?  A good way to begin is to flip through design and decorating magazines, and visit websites dedicated to interior décor. Start collecting pictures of various design products and styles that appeal to you ...

What Are Learning Modalities?

Dana Stahl, a learning specialist and educational consultant, will address educational questions and concerns that parents may have regarding their children’s academic development and progress in school. Topics can center on how to handle homework dilemmas to what questions to ask at a CSE meeting. Questions can range from “How best do parents advocate for their children?” to ...

NSVAC: Still Answering the Call

January 20, 2017

NORTH SALEM, N.Y.— While Croton Falls resident Phyllis Swidorski waited for the Somers Ambulance Corps to come to the aid of an injured child, she realized that North Salem really ought to have its own emergency services. The year was 1969.

A small group, described by Swidorski as “just housewives,” got together and began to contact possible benefactors. The North Salem Lions ...

TAPinto Launches Free TAPinto App for iPhone and Android: Download it Today

January 17, 2017

TAPinto.net launched a free TAPinto App today for iPhone and Android, enabling readers to obtain their local news and events in a fast, easy-to-use application.  With this launch, TAPinto becomes one of the only local news publications in the country to have its own App.

The TAPinto App not only features news and events, but also enables readers to receive push notifications regarding ...