For Immediate Release
August 5, 2014
CONTACT: Lisa Dashman
Paul Barger Elected to Friends of Karen Board of Directors
North Salem, NY…Friends of Karen has announced that Paul Barger was elected to its Board of Directors.
Mr. Barger is an attorney whose practice focuses on children with special needs. He often represents families in disputes with a New York or New Jersey public school district, trying to secure the services that will best help a child succeed.
Mr. Barger was especially attracted to the Friends of Karen’s long-term commitment to a family, often for years. Friends of Karen provides vital, practical and comprehensive support, at no cost, to New York Tri-State families who are caring for a child battling cancer or another life-threatening illness, from diagnosis through treatment.
“It’s impossible not to get behind Friends of Karen’s mission,” Mr. Barger says. “What person on the planet wouldn’t understand the impact they have on a family in crisis?”
“Friends of Karen has grown into the go-to organization for families in crisis, and I know Paul will play a meaningful role in our continued growth,” says Pamela Hervey, president of Friends of Karen’s Board of Directors. “He works with children and their families to give them the best chance to succeed in school and after. There’s a lot of synergy between what Paul does and what Friends of Karen does.”
“The fact that the organization supports the family as a whole appeals to me,” says Mr. Barger. “It’s so tangible: giving relief to a sick child, their siblings and their parents by taking away a pile of bills or sending back-to-school supplies or all the other things Friends of Karen does.”
Mr. Barger is a member of the New York, New Jersey, District of Columbia and American Bar Associations. He makes frequent presentations to statewide organizations and to parent groups about issues arising under the Individuals With Disabilities Act and associated laws. He and his family live in Irvington, NY.
Friends of Karen is a registered 501(c)(3) charity and the only organization in the New York Tri-State region that provides the emotional, financial and advocacy support that families caring for a child with a life-threatening illness so desperately need to cope during an unimaginably difficult time. Founded in 1978 after helping one child, Karen, and her family, and headquartered in North Salem, NY with other offices in Port Jefferson and Manhattan, Friends of Karen has touched the lives of more than 13,000 children. Charity Navigator, an independent organization that evaluates the financial responsibility and effectiveness of thousands of U.S. charities, gives Friends of Karen a 4-star rating, its highest award. For more information about Friends of Karen, visit www.FriendsOfKaren.org or call (914) 617-4040