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Friends of Karen Hosts Roaring Twenties Gala

Friends of Karen’s “Roaring Twenties Gala” on Thursday, March 28, at 6:30 pm at the Stonebridge Country Club in Smithtown will be an inspirational evening. It marks 42 years of bringing help and hope to more than 16,500 children in the New York tri-state area caring for a child with cancer or another life-threatening illness.

Highlights of the evening will be the presentation of awards to two very dedicated honorees: Steven Connolly, CEO of Co-Source Solutions (Humanitarian Award), and Richard Spinelli, Founder of Bryant Air Conditioning Contractors, Inc. (Advocate and Friend Award). Shania, a Friends of Karen child, will give her heartfelt account about her cancer diagnosis and her life-changing journey.

The special evening will include auctions, live music, and entertainment. Monies received will directly make a difference in the lives of children and families to ensure each Friends of Karen family receives our guidance, financial assistance, and emotional support during the darkest days of their lives. 

About Friends of Karen: Friends of Karen is a not-for-profit organization that provides emotional, financial and advocacy support for children with cancer or another life-threatening illness and their families in order to keep them stable, functioning, and able to cope. The organization helps hundreds of ill children and their families every month, at no cost to them. Friends of Karen has received top ratings from Charity Navigator, an independent organization that evaluates the financial efficiency and responsibility of more than 9,000 U.S. charities.  Friends of Karen also meets the 20 Standards of Charity Accountability of the BBB of Metropolitan New York. Most recently, Friends of Karen earned the Gold Seal of Transparency from Guidestar in 2019.

For more information about Friends of Karen, please call Rebecca Plant at 631-473-1768 ext. 303 or



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