Phi Sigma Pi – Alpha Epsilon Holds 3rd Annual Casey Feldman Benefit Concert April 2012

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

Ryan Gellar (L) and Jimmy Donahue completing forms to commit to safer driving

By Dianne L. Anderson

The West Chester University chapter of the national honors fraternity, Phi Sigma Pi, held the third annual Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation benefit concert on April 14, 2012. Over $1500 in proceeds were raised on behalf of the Foundation.

Donating their musical talents in the ballroom at the Sykes Student Union were Ryan Colestock and the bands, Reservoir and The GoAround. Students paid a $5 donation at the door, and were able to purchase EndDD.org (End Distracted Driving) wristbands, keytags, bumper magnets and t-shirts. All attendees were also able to purchase raffle tickets for goods and services donated by local vendors. “Casey” tables were in place where students could view collages of photographs of Casey.

Phi Sigma Pi brothers don their "Because of Casey" t-shirts

Casey Feldman’s parents, Dianne Anderson and Joel Feldman, spoke to the group about Casey and the fact that a distracted driver struck her while she was in a crosswalk on a summer afternoon at the Jersey shore. Mr. Feldman took the opportunity to introduce the 3 minute video clip of Casey which appears on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Faces of Distracted website and spoke to the students about the issue of distracted driving.

Stated Mr. Feldman, “As Dianne and I speak with students in high schools and colleges as part of April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month, we are encouraged by the willingness of young people to examine their driving behaviors and commit to becoming safer drivers. This is the feedback similar to what we have received from the hundreds of trial lawyers around the country and Canada who are also speaking with students as part of the Casey Feldman Foundation’s  www.EndDD.org initiative.”

Joel Feldman gets a hug from Amber Staska, Casey's friend and former Fraternity President who planned the first concert in 2010

The students at the Phi Sigma Pi sponsored concert exhibited the same willingness and completed forms committing to specific concrete actions for driving safer. “Hopefully you can all talk to your parents as well when you go home, since distracted driving is not just a young people’s problem. It is everyone’s” stated Joel.

 

Related Links:

Photos from the 2012 concert

Phi Sigma Pi Alpha Epsilon

Photos and videos from prior years concerts and traffic safety campaigns

All  Foundation articles on Phi Sigma Pi

 

Third Annual Casey Benefit Concert Scheduled For April 14th

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Casey Feldman, 1988-2009

Phi Sigma Pi -Alpha Epsilon Chapter has scheduled the third annual Casey Feldman benefit concert for April 14, 2012 in the Sykes Student Ballrooom at West Chester University, West Chester, PA. It is set to commence at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are a mere $5 at the door. Once again this year, all proceeds will benefit NOYS, the National Organizations For Youth Safety,  which has co-sponsored the YOUTH-Turn program with the Casey Feldman Foundation.

Live bands will provide entertainment, Casey’s parents will speak and local vendors have offered goods and services for raffle. Join us on April 14th or make a donation to the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation.

Go to News and Updates on this Foundation site and click on West Chester University Phi Sigma Pi to read about the last two benefit concerts.

Phi Sigma Pi Delivers Check to NOYS at the Launching of the Decade of Action for Road Safety in D.C.

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Phi Sigma Pi delivering the check to NOYS. L to R: NOYS officials, Sandy Spavone and Nicole Graziosi, Phi Sigma Pi brothers Phil Knasiak, Jess Barr, and Casey's parents, Joel Feldman and Dianne Anderson

The West Chester University chapter of the national honors fraternity, Phi Sigma Pi presented a check in the amount of $3800 to NOYS, the National Organizations for Youth Safety on May 11, 2011 in Washington, D.C. The check delivery coincided with National Youth Safety Month and the launching of the Decade of Action for Road Safety. Phi Sigma Pi raised $1900 in proceeds at the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation concert on April 9, 2011. The Foundation matched the proceeds raised by the fraternity.

Phi Sigma Pi brothers Phil Knasiak and Jessica Barr with the Honorable Norman Y. Mineta at the morning press event launching the Decade of Action For Road Safety 2011-2020

Fraternity brothers Phil Knasiak and Jessica Barr participated in the day’s events with Casey Feldman’s parents, Dianne Anderson and Joel Feldman. It included the launching of the Decade for Road Safety in front of the U.S. Capitol in the morning and a safety expo in the afternoon, followed by a Congressional briefing in the Capitol.

Fraternity brothers Phil Knasiak and Jessica Barr manning the Foundation table at the Safety Expo

The goal of the Decade of Action for Road Safety is to save 5 million lives and prevent 50 million injuries worldwide over the next 10 years.

For more information see  http://www.decadeofaction.org/. Read the article on the Foundation News and Updates blog here. See more photos from the day here.

Related Posts and Links:

- Joel Feldman and Dianne Anderson Recognized at Launching of the Decade of Action for Road  Safety in Washington, D.C.

-   NOYS Youth Turn YouTube video featuring Casey’s friends talking about the loss of Casey and turning adversity into something positive

Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation to Sponsor NOYS

- Phi Sigma Pi Holds 2nd Annual Casey Feldman Benefit Concert

- WCU’s Phi Sigma Pi Schedules Second Annual Benefit Concert For April 9, 2011

-  Video,” Casey Feldman Original Concert.mov” produced by Phi Sigma Pi for 2010 Concert  (what others are doing because of Casey; pedestrian safety campaign; Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation)

Phi Sigma Pi Holds 2nd Annual Casey Feldman Benefit Concert

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Fraternity brothers Megan Coryell, Leah Coan, Marilyn Wellnitz and Tiara Whaley at the concert

The West Chester University chapter of the national honors fraternity, Phi Sigma Pi, held the second annual Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation benefit concert on April 9, 2011. Over $1900 in proceeds were raised for NOYS, the National Organization for Youth Safety, and matched by the Foundation. Funds raised by the Fraternity this year surpassed last year’s proceeds by some $600.

Fraternity brothers Maureen Alle, Becka Cancelosi, and Kelcie Ireson taking tickets at the door

Donating their musical talents  in the ballroom at the Sykes Student Union were Ryan Colestock and the bands, Do Re Mi Fa Soul and The GoAround. Students paid a $5 donation at the door, and received a pink “Casey” bracelet. All attendees were able to purchase raffle tickets for good and services donated by local vendors; bumper magnets that promote pedestrian safety; and t-shirts that read “I brake for pedestrians… brake for me.” A special “Casey” table was in place where students could view collages of photographs of Casey as well as a  photographic slideshow of Casey’s life, prepared by Amber Staska, former Phi Sigma Pi President and one of Casey’s best friends.

Fraternity brothers Marliyn Wellnitz and Karina Nunez.

Casey’s parents, Dianne Anderson and Joel Feldman spoke to the group about Casey and the fact that a distracted driver struck her while she was in a crosswalk on an otherwise normal summer afternoon at the shore. Mr. Feldman took the opportunity to introduce the 3 minute video clip of Casey which appears on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Faces of Distracted website.

Students were interviewed throughout the evening about how their driving habits have changed as the result of their awareness of the dangers of distracted driving.  According to one student, ”When I drive now, that is the only task that I am doing.”  Video footage will be available in a future News and Updates blog article.

Phi Sigma Pi brothers and Casey’s parents will be presenting the proceeds to NOYS at its national meeting and convention in Washington, D.C. on May 11th.

Related Posts and Links:

-Photos from the concert

- WCU’s Phi Sigma Pi Schedules Second Annual Benefit Concert For April 9, 2011

- Amber Staska Discusses Distracted Driving in Seventeen Magazine

- West Chester University Honors Fraternity Holds Pedestrian Safety Campaign and Fundraiser for Foundation, to read about last year’s campaign and concert

- Casey Feldman Original.mov, “Because of Casey” video produced by Phi Sigma Pi for 2010 benefit concert

- Amber Staska Sings at Phi Sigma Benefit concert in Memory of Casey Feldman, video wtih photos

Amber Staska Discusses Distracted Driving in Seventeen Magazine

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

In the September issue of Seventeen magazine, Casey’s friend Amber Staska was featured on p. 221, discussing her mission to stop distracted driving. The article reads:

“Amber, 22, lost her best friend, Casey, when she was killed in a crosswalk by a driver who glanced away from the road. That day, Amber vowed that no one else would ever die from something so preventable. So last spring, Amber and her honors fraternity organized a local benefit concert. To promote it, they stood at an intersection on campus where two other girls had been hit, and waved signs that said, “Honk for Safe Driving.” They sold T-shirts to help raise $2,600 for charities like The Partnership for Safe Driving, which educates people about all kinds of dangerous driving. To spread the word or organize your own event, go to caseyfeldmannetwork.org

To read more about the benefit concert and pedestrian safety campaign, go here.