WHITE PLAINS, NY (October 2014)—The St. Elizabeth Seton Children’s Foundation hosted its 1st Annual Fall Festival – a major fundraiser – on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at the John A. Coleman School and Children’s Rehabilitation Center in White Plains, N.Y.
This free event was attended by nearly 500 Coleman School students, Children’s Rehabilitation Center patients, their families, our neighbors and supporters in the community and staff. In addition, Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-N.Y.) and White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach were on hand, as were the White Plains Fire Department, who provided homemade chili for all of our attendees.
The Fall Festival, which lasted three hours, featured festive games, food, arts and crafts, live music, a petting zoo, raffles and much, much more. In addition, we honored Sr. Carol A. Barnes, S.C., the Chairperson of the Children’s Rehabilitation Center’s Board of Trustees, and also a board member on the St. Elizabeth Seton Children’s Foundation Board, the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center Board and the John A. Coleman School Board, for the nearly three decades of service that she has dedicated to our children. “Sr. Carol Barnes has been an inspiration to our staff, our children and their families and, of course, her fellow trustees,” said Adrienne J. Arkontaky, Esq., Chairperson of the John A. Coleman School’s Board of Trustees. “Sr. Carol has done everything we’ve asked of her and more because she believes in our mission and she believes that our organizations transform lives.”
In total, the event raised over $60,000, which will be used to help the thousands of children with complex medical, educational and rehabilitative needs that our Continuum of Care serves each year. “This year’s Fall Festival has been our most successful fall event to date,” said Brian Harrington, Senior Vice President of Institutional Advancement. “Sunday’s event was instrumental in raising the funds necessary to continue to support our children and enhance their lives with extraordinary programs and activities that are not covered by the cost of tuition or certain healthcare programs,” he said.
This event would not have been possible without the support of our generous partners. We’d like to thank the Greenburgh Police Department; our Gold Sponsor Alice Sim; our Silver Sponsors: Waldorf Risk Solutions, Lucretia and Edward Mann, J-K Prosthetics & Orthotics, Opus Advisory Group, LLC and Joseph and Rita Mondolfi and Sophia Pici; and our Activity Sponsors: Scully Construction, LLC, the Oswald Family, Cuddy Law Firm, PC, O’Connor Davies, LLP, Pinnacle Associates, Empress Ambulance Services, Inc., Stop & Shop, Hudson Valley Bank, HBO, Bettina Equities Management, LLC, Clean Rite Industries, Whole Foods White Plains, Mr. Kold Kuts, the White Plains Fire Department, the Bristal Assisted Living at White Plains and Get Down Entertainment. We’d also like to acknowledge the O’Rourke Irish Dancers and the Candlelight Inn for their contributions.