5K Run/Walk this Sunday Benefiting the Casey Feldman Foundation/EndDD.org – Register or Donate

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

The West Chester University Alpha Epsilon Chapter of the national honors fraternity, Phi Sigma Pi, will be hosting a 5K walk/run this Sunday, April 21, 2013 as its fourth annual fundraiser for the Casey Feldman Foundation (sponsor of EndDD.org.). Since it is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and Casey was killed by a distracted driver, the fraternity hopes to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving.

Phi Sigma Pi has been a supporter of the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation, holding an annual fundraiser for the Foundation since 2010. At the time of Casey’s death in July of 2009, Casey’s best friend from high school, Amber Staska, was President elect of the fraternity for the 2009-2010 school year. Casey’s close friend, Phil Knasiak, was Vice President.

The three past benefits have been in the form of a concert at West Chester University with an on- campus pedestrian safety and and distracted driving awareness campaign in the week leading up to the concert. The effort received national recognition the first year when Phi Sigm Pi’s President was featured in Seventeen Magazine.

Casey Feldman (R) with Amber Staska, Casey's best friend from high school and President of Phi Sigma Pi in 2010

The fraternity recently inducted Casey’s parents, Joel Feldman and Dianne Anderson as honorary brothers and have adopted the Casey Feldman Foundation as their annual charitable cause.

This year’s 5K event will take place on the West Chester University South Campus in Lot S, West Chester, PA.  Check- in is 10:15-10:45 and the race starts at 11:00 a.m. Click here for online registration and directions or here to view the event details on Facebook

If you cannot attend, please consider making a donation to the Casey Feldman Foundation so that we may continue to make a difference in the lives of others and save lives through our distracted driving efforts.

Click here to view the articles, photos and videos from the prior three Phi Sigma Pi fundraisers.

 

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.

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

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

 

Casey's father, Joel Feldman and the Honorable Norman Y. Mineta, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Chariman, Make Roads Safe North America, and U.S. Member, Commission for Global Road Safety

Dianne Anderson & Joel Feldman with Grover

Phi Sigma Pi brothers Jessica Barr and Phil Knakiak, Casey's mother, Dianne Anderson, NOYS official, Sandy Spavone and Joe Toole, Associate Administrator for the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Office of Safety

Phil Knasiak and Jess Barr at the afternoon Safety Expo

The United Nations, in cooperation with many countries across the world, launched the Decade of Action for Road Safety on May 11, 2011. It is a 10 year plan to reduce highway deaths by 5 million and injuries from highway accidents by 50 million worldwide.

The focus of the activities in the United States was in Washington, D.C., where highway safety professionals, legislators , business leaders and individuals met to unveil the coordinated efforts to stem the rising tide of highway death and injuries. Those efforts will include legislation, education, engineering to make highways safer and targeted behavioral changes.  Highway crashes are now recognized as an international public health threat, similar to diseases, which requires a multi-faceted approach to save millions of lives. Norman Mineta, former United States Secretary of Transportation and Chairman of Make Roads Safe North America, Thomas Frieden, M.D., Director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Amy Klobuchar, U.S. Senator from Minnesota, John L. Mica, US. House of Representatives, Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and David Strickland, Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) were among those who spoke at the day’s events.

Family members of those who have been killed in highway accidents were recognized for their efforts to promote highway safety, including Casey’s parents, Joel Feldman and  Dianne Anderson  Casey’s story is part of a public service video the Feldman family created and produced for the U.S. Dept of Transportation and which is featured on its website “Faces of Distracted Driving.” The 3 minute video can be viewed  here.

The program was coordinated by NOYS (National Organization for Youth Safety) and NOYS student leaders from across the country were featured in presentations. New data was revealed  indicating that from May through September, teens are twice as likely to die in the US from traffic accidents than in any other months. Three new public service videos focused on traffic safety  starring Sesame Street’s Grover were screened.   The official road safety symbol of the campaign-the yellow tag- was revealed and displayed simultaneously in cities across the US and the world.  For more information visit decadeofaction.org.

Phi Sigma Pi brothers, Phil Knasiak and Jessica Barr joined the Feldmans at the day’s activities and presented a check  to NOYS representing the proceeds raised at this year’s benefit concert in April. Read the article on the Foundation News and Updates blog. View additional photos from the day’s events here.

Related Posts and Links:

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

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

- Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation to Sponsor NOYS

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

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

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Phi Sigma Pi brothers are joined by Dianne Anderson in delivering a check after last year's concert to Father Kevin Murray of the Sarnelli House in Philadelphia

Phi Sigma Pi at West Chester University in Pa. has scheduled the 2nd annual Casey Feldman Benefit Concert on Sat. April 9, 2011. from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Sykes Student Union on campus. Featured bands include Ryan Colestock, Do Re Mi Fa Soul and The GoAround. Tickets are $5 at the door and all proceeds will go to NOYS (National Organization for Youth Safety) of which the Foundation has become a national partner. The Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation will match all proceeds raised at the concert. RSVP on Phi Sigma Pi’s Facebook event page or on the Casey Feldman Network.

 NOYS is a collaborative network of national organizations and federal agencies that serve youth and focus on youth safety and health. The Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation will be working with NOYS to implement a national program that will help students who have lost a classmate in a traffic accident to take their grief and focus it in a way to promote positive change. Students from across the country will be provided with a tool kit and suggestions for actions that can be taken to use a tragedy as a catalyst for positive change. Voting will take place with the winners receiving cash prizes.

Phi Sigma Pi brothers and

Phi Sigma Pi brothers and Dianne Anderson delivering a check to Main Line Animal Rescue after last year's concert

Last year’s concert and safety campaign was a huge success and resulted in Phi Sigma Pi’s President and Casey’s best friend Amber Staska being featured in Seventeen Magazine. Click here to view the article about last year’s concert which also contains links to the photo gallery. View the Phi Sigma Pi “Because of Casey….” video on YouTube. View the video of Amber singing in honor of Casey at last year’s concert by clicking on the photo below.Amber sings,

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.

West Chester University Honors Fraternity Holds Pedestrian Safety Campaign and Fundraiser for Foundation

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

 

Phi Sigma Pi students encouraging safety for pedestrians in front of the Sykes Student Union on the campus at West Chester University

On Saturday, March 20, 2010 members of Phi Sigma Pi at West Chester University held a Benefit Concert which raised over $1,200 to be donated to charities on behalf of the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation.  The Foundation is matching all funds raised at the concert. Amber Staska, President of Phi Sigma Pi and Casey’s best friend, took a leadership role in organizing the event, which wrapped up a week-long awareness campaign about pedestrian safety.

The ballroom at Sykes Student Union was filled with the sounds of music by The Hint, as well as Chris D’Esposito and DNA.  A slideshow of photographs of Casey played in the background. Students paid a $5 donation at the door, and were able to purchase raffle tickets; “Casey” bracelets; bumper magnets that promote pedestrian safety; and t-shirts that read “I brake for pedestrians… brake for me.”

The week leading up to the concert, members of Phi Sigma Pi educated other students and members of the community about the dangers of distracted driving. By standing outside of the Sykes Student Union at the crosswalks, with posters and signs, they were able to encourage drivers to pay closer attention to the road, as well as to make sure pedestrians make use of both the crosswalks and the sidewalks. Students signed pink hands to signify their commitment to safe driving by “raising a hand for awareness”. Strings of dozens of these pink hands adorned the wall of the concert hall Saturday night.

Pink lights wrapped the stage as the bands performed in front of a slideshow of photographs of Casey

How were the students able to connect with Casey Feldman, who attended Fordham University? As pointed out by Casey’s mother, Dianne Anderson in addressing the students, both Casey and her brother, Brett have numerous friends, in addition to Amber, who attend West Chester University.  “The accident happened on an otherwise normal summer afternoon, and it could just as easily have been any one of you whose life was  cut short by a momentary distraction on the part of a driver.”

 Amber said that she hoped people would be inspired to make a difference after hearing about Casey. “We wanted to give back to the community, get our name out there and celebrate Casey’s life,” she said. “We want people to know Casey’s story and that those types of accidents are preventable.”

The efforts of the fraternity align with one of Casey’s passions: a commitment to service. The proceeds from the concert and sales will be equally divided among the Sarnelli House, which helps the needy and poor of Philadelphia, Main Line Animal Rescue, which finds loving homes for abandoned animals, and The Partnership for Safe Driving, which is dedicated to educating Americans about all forms of dangerous driving.

 As a surprise to all, Amber Staska took the microphone and sang four songs dedicated to Casey, while accompanied by her father Chip, sister, Jackie, and WCU friend, Zach. During the benefit, a video created by Nathan Kutz and Phi Sigma Pi was played as a tribute to Casey. Students from West Chester were asked what they will do “because of Casey,” and explained how they were inspired by her story. The video can be viewed here.

Phi Sigma Pi students at the "Raising a Hand for Awareness" station at the concert

 To see photos and other videos from the concert and weeklong safety campaign, visit the Photo Gallery of the Casey Feldman Memories site . Read the article in The Quad, the student newspaper of West Chester University,
 Phi Sigma Pi Raises Awareness for Safe Driving.  Read the article in Seventeen Magazine   (Sept. 2010, p. 221) about the event. Please also visit the Casey Feldman Network site, consider joining and share with us what you are doing, “because of Casey”.

Benefit Concert Announced in Casey’s Honor

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Amber and Casey

Casey’s best friend, Amber Staska, President of the honors fraternity,  Phi Sigma Pi  at West Chester University in West Chester, Pa. is pleased to announce  a benefit concert in honor of Casey. On March 20th at 7 pm in the Sykes Ballroom at West Chester, over 300 people will be celebrating Casey’s life.

Tickets will be $5 at the door and the Casey Feldman Foundation will be raising money for the Sarnelli House (which helps the needy and abandoned in the Philadelphia area), Main Line Animal Rescue and The Partnership for Safe Driving.

Chris D’Esposito, DNA, & The Dialogue will be providing the music. The week leading up to the concert, there will be an awareness week about distracted driving.  Statistics of distracted driving will be posted across West Chester’s campus, and a few Brothers will be posted at crosswalks with signs saying “Thank you for stopping,” as they continue to walk back and forth between the crosswalk.

Phi Sigma Pi, which is sponsoring the event, invites you  to “Tune up your driving!” and come support this amazing cause!

“I want people to hear Casey’s story and hopefully be inspired to make a difference in their life.” – Amber Staska