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Yonkers Seton Foundation Holds Inaugural Fall Festival In White Plains

Leila poses at the St. Elizabeth Seton Children’s Foundation’s inaugural Fall Festival. Photo Credit: Contributed
Chairperson of the John A. Coleman School Board of Trustees Adrienne Arkontaky, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and President and CEO of the John A. Coleman School and Children’s Rehabilitation Center Pat Tursi. Photo Credit: Contributed
From left: Brian Harrington, Adrienne Arkontaky, Pat Tursi, Sr. Carol A. Barnes, S.C.,Maria Pici, M.D. and Maureen Tomkiel. Photo Credit: Contributed
Fall Festival honoree Sr. Carol A. Barnes, S.C. (second from left) along with Sr. Elizabeth Butler, S.C., Sr. Miriam Kevin Phillips, S.C. and Sr. Mary Kay Finneran, S.C. (l-r) Photo Credit: Contributed
Deputy Fire Chief Rich Houlihan (far left), along with members of the White Plains Fire Department, serving up bowls of their homemade chili to Fall Festival attendees. Photo Credit: Contributed

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — The St. Elizabeth Seton Children’s Foundation hosted its Inaugural Fall Festival – a major fundraiser – on Sunday, Oct. 26, at the John A. Coleman School and Children’s Rehabilitation Center in White Plains.

This free event was attended by nearly 500 Coleman School students, Children’s Rehabilitation Center patients, their families, neighbors and supporters in the community and staff. In addition, state 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 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.

“Sister Carol Barnes has been an inspiration to our staff, our children and their families and, of course, her fellow trustees,” said Adrienne J. Arkontaky, chairperson of the John A. Coleman School’s board of trustees.

“Sister 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 more than $50,000, 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."

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