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The Charity of the Month for March is:

Birthday Wishes!


By: Noelle Lambert


Birthday Wishes is an organization whose mission is to provide birthday parties to children experiencing homelessness. They improve and empower the lives of homeless children and their families by providing joy, play and hope through the magic of a birthday party.


Birthday Wishes of Long Island began having parties in only one shelter. Today they work with 80 shelters/transitional housing programs in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and each month they give more than 120 children a birthday celebration!


Every birthday child receives supplies to have a party with all the children that live in the shelter such as; juice boxes, cake or cupcakes, candles, decorations, paper goods and a wonderful bag of presents to open! Birthday Wishes serves children ages 1-19.


If you would like to volunteer with or donate to this organization, the opportunity is available! Also, a great way to support Birthday Wishes is to attend or sponsor their 2nd annual Food, Wine, & Wishes Event on March 20th at Appliance World of Huntington, located at 414 New York Ave. The event will run from 6:30-9PM and will be a fun evening of chef tastings from top Long Island restaurants, as well as terrific silent auctions and over 75 raffles. This year’s tastings will be offered from Honu, Sur, Red, Cinque Terre Ristorante, Spuntino, Andrea’s 25, Rustic Root, The Bryant and Verde Kitchen.


All are welcome to attend this event and join together to raise funds to support Birthday Wishes’ programs and services.


To purchase tickets, please visit www.LongIsland.BirthdayWishes.org/Food-Wine-Wishes. Tickets are $60.00 per person and sponsorship opportunities are also still available. See photos from their 2018 Food, Wine & Wishes event below!



Another Organization You Can Get Involved With:


Friends of Karen



Friends of Karen is a tri-state area not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide emotional, financial and advocacy support for children with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses, and for their families, in order to help keep them stable, functioning and able to cope, at no cost. They are holding a Black & White Gala on Thursday, March 28th at 6:30PM at the Stonebridge Country Club in Smithtown. All are welcome to attend this Gala to benefit their organization. Sponsorships are also available. Additionally, registration is now open for their 13th annual Friends of Karen Walk/Run on May 4th and May 5th. For more information about their organization, please visit their website. If you would like additional information about any of the above events, please contact Rebecca at RMowl@FriendsOfKaren.org!


If you would like your organization to be featured in this column, please email Noelle@SouthBaysNeighbor.com!

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