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Realtors Make Donation to North Salem’s Friends of Karen

From left: Kerry Fedigan; Susan Stillman; Mike O’Connor; Judith Factor, executive director, Friends of Karen; Barbara Wilkov, Friends of Karen; and Susan Code. Credits: Photo courtesy of HGAR

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. 

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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.

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