For June, I’m incredibly proud and inspired to have brought so many of my sponsors together to so eloquently convey how they go about working with families who have children with Special Needs, or, as my remarkable friend and financial advocate for special needs families Laurie Nemeroff pointed out to me, on behalf of those children who are simply differently abled!
I was equally moved following a thoroughly enjoyable March meeting on Long Island with Kevin Gersh, founder of “The Gersh Experience”–I learned about Gersh through Laurie. Her step-son Jared, who has Asperger’s, has benefitted immensely from their program. Below too is just one example from our “Special Needs” section of how my sponsors have addressed a most deserving and able population. It’s about the “Moving Wheels & Heels Program” at the Steffi Nossen School of Dance since 2002.
The rest of the issue: a cover story highlighting New Castle’s Summer Concert series spotlights Tramps Like Us band leader and Chappaqua dad Mark Salore, as depicted by Carolyn Simpson, and as generously told by our Chamber’s Rob Greenstein. Leaf through these pages and you’ll also learn about an avid Hillary blogger, “Still4Hill.” There’s also a sweet write up by an equally proud and inspired dad about a July wedding for two Greeley sweethearts, including his son.
Sadly, at least two profound tragedies transpired while preparing this issue… one in Boston, of course, and one closer to home. My goal here is simply to highlight beauty and hope. Toward that end, I bring you a diary of the shattering but also the later uplifting days by Zarah Kavarana, a Boston University freshman from Briarcliff Manor. And, on behalf of Teresa, Eugene and Theo, I offer a special remembrance in words and pictures to honor the brilliant and talented Chatschik Bisdikian.
Love to you all; have a safe and happy summer.