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Friends Of Karen Fundraiser Features CNN Anchor Randi Kaye

CNN's Randi Kaye will be the master of ceremonies at the Friends of Karen NYC Gala, “An Evening at Tribeca Rooftop” Oct. 8. Photo Credit: Provided
Livingston Taylor will be the musical guest at the Friends of Karen NYC Gala, “An Evening at Tribeca Rooftop” Oct. 8. Photo Credit: Provided

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - CNN reporter Randi Kaye is headlining the Friends of Karen NYC Gala, “An Evening at Tribeca Rooftop” on Thursday, Oct. 8 to benefit children with a life-threatening illnesses.

Kaye, an Emmy Award-winning anchor and investigative reporter for CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” will be the master of ceremonies and singer-songwriter Livingston Taylor is the musical guest. 

The event also will honor Alessandra and Russell Hernandez and Kim and Greg Manocherian for their ongoing support of the mission of Friends of Karen. 

Russell Hernandez owns Atlantic State Development Corporation in Harrison and is a partner in multiple hotels and restaurants, including The Bedford Post Inn. He also serves on the boards of the Bedford Historic Society, Neighbors Link (an organization that works to integrate immigrant families in northern Westchester County), the Pound Ridge Library and the Bedford Pound Ridge Baseball League.

Alessandra Hernandez heads the volunteers for the Office of Emergency Management for the town of Pound Ridge and is an active volunteer with Friends of Karen, Neighbors Link, the Hackley School and the Pound Ridge Harvest Festival. 

Greg Manocherian is the founder of RoeCo. LLC, a principal in The Manocherian Organization, founder of Crunch Fitness International and Florida Coastal School of Law. In 1994, he founded a private nonprofit, The Roe Foundation.

Kim Manocherian has practiced refugee and asylum law in New York City and served as a supervising attorney at Brooklyn Law School’s Safe Harbor Project. She also developed an economic empowerment program for women at Neighbors Link Northern Westchester and has served on the Neighbors Link Board since 2011. 

Since 1978, Friends of Karen has helped nearly 14,000 children and their families by providing vital, practical and comprehensive support, at no cost, to families in the tri-state region who are caring for a child with a life-threatening illness. 

The group of social workers, expressive arts therapists and child life specialists provide the families financial, emotional and practical support. 

For sponsorship and ticket information or to learn more about Friends of Karen, visit or call Patricia Conway at (631) 473-1768 Ext. 303. 

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