Karen Everett of Larchmont was reinstalled as the president of the Westchester Region of Hadassah for the final year of a three-year term, on Sunday, May 17th, at the Hadassah Annual Summit in Rye, NY.
“Hadassah is the most dynamic women’s organization in the country, and the best kept secret in Westchester,” said Ms. Everett, as she described her goals for the next year. She aims to: “get the word out, to build on the initiatives we have begun and to add more, to strengthen our existing 26 chapters and start new ones. “
For the coming year, Hadassah will be expanding its Nurses’ Council, and Business and Professional Women’s Division. Its Young Women’s division will continue to grow and support the Westchester community through its Mitzvah projects. “Hadassah Westchester will continue to increase its role in partnering with community organizations in support of educational and social action projects that advance our mission,” concluded Ms. Everett.
Hadassah has two active groups with significant numbers of active Larchmont residents. The Neshama Chapter serves the Larchmont/Mamaroneck area, and its members focus on providing support for health and human services issues within the larger Hadassah mission.
Pink Flamingos: In 2008, the chapter sold plastic flamingos and asked individuals and businesses to display them during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Approximately $18,000 was raised to support the Hadassah Medical Center’s breast cancer research programs. The program was such a success that the chapter plans an expanded effort for 2009.
Supplies for Soldiers: The chapter members, moved by the lengthy and repeat deployments of US soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq, collected items and created more than 100 “care packages” to be sent overseas.
“Wish List” for Troubled Youth: Working with the Hawthorne Cedar Knolls facility, the women of Larchmont have in each of the last two years helped make the holidays brighter for these troubled youth. They have obtained a “wish list” of items from the facility, and fulfilled it for at least 40 residents each year.
Young Women of Southern Westchester, another wing of Westchester Hadassah that includes Larchmont members, has organized additional efforts and raised funds for children’s programs.
Gift of Reading: One of their first projects, in 2008, was to create a “Gift of Reading” festival. They collected nearly 10,000 new and gently used children’s books and distributed them at the festival to 400 Mt. Vernon children. Other books went to groups serving low income children
Enriched education and support for Young Children and their Families: For 2009 this group has continued to focus on support for the children of our communities. They partnered with Family Services of Westchester to provide in-class instruction and mentoring for a Head Start program. They are culminating this effort with a collection of clothing and home items for families in need who are served by HOPE, Inc., a White Plains agency that serves low income families.