Please Conisder Donating to our Foundation on this Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Today is Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back to the world or to your community. Despite being a small non-profit, The Casey Feldman Foundation has awarded over 80 scholarships to deserving students who are dedicated to making a difference in this world. Through its sponsored project, EndDD.org, over 270,000 students have participated in our distracted driving presentation free of charge in 44 states and Canada. We have done so much more and will only be able to continue and expand our efforts with your support.  Read our article,  Five Years, A Legacy of Good – The Casey Feldman Foundation and consider giving to our Foundation on this day of charity and philanthropy.

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The Inside Pocket – Safety Has Never Looked so Good; 5% of Pre-Order Profits to Benefit The Casey Feldman Foundation

Thursday, November 12th, 2015
The Perry

The Perry

Through the generosity of The Original Inside Pocket Company, The Casey Feldman Foundation will receive 5% of the profits on pre-orders of luxury hoodies and fleeces in an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign launched today. The inside pockets on the hoodies and fleeces store mobile devices while users drive, bike or walk, reducing the temptation to make or receive texts or calls.”  When the orders are filled each jacket will include a distracted driving message from EndDD.org

Joel Feldman and Dianne Anderson founded the Casey Feldman Foundation and its sponsored project, EndDD.org (End Distracted Driving) after their 21 year-old daughter, Casey was killed by a distracted driver in 2009.  Through its educational awareness campaign and the help of volunteer speakers, the End Distracted Driving presentation has been provided across the United States and Canada to nearly 300,000 students, all without cost to schools.

The partnership with EndDD.org was a natural for Brad Dubrowsky, founder of the Original Inside Pocket Company, who started sewing pockets on the inside of his favorite sweatshirts and shirts some eight or nine years ago as a place to store his phone. “Like everyone else, I carry my phone with me everywhere and the temptation to look at it constantly is very difficult to resist. I thought that the inside pocket would help to keep me safe. That was how our name came about,” stated Dubrowsky.

The Casey

The Casey

Alarmed at the distracted driving epidemic and wanting to do more about it, Brad decided to produce his inside pockets in fashionable fleece jackets as a way to help facilitate change in the behavior of others. Brad and his partner, Jamie Zaroff quickly discovered EndDD.org and decided to go farther by donating 5% of the pre-order profits to EndDD to enable End Distracted Driving to continue its educational efforts and reach even more students. In memory of Casey, Brad named one of the ladies’ hoodie designs, “The Casey”.

“We are humbled by the benefaction of Brad Dubowsky and Jamie Zaroff and are excited to have this unique opportunity to partner with The Original Inside Pocket Company,” said Joel Feldman. “We have to continue to be creative in addressing the distracted driving epidemic, and this certainly falls within that category.”

About the Jackets

All internal pockets and seams are reinforced with triple needle cover stitching, allowing for stretch and movability. The rib is a 2×2 knit, made with lycra for maximum stretch and shape recovery.  Zippers are anodized metal YKK 2-way technology, allowing the coats to be zipped down from the neck or zipped up from the waist.

The Original Inside Pocket Company products are made in boutique factories in small batches. The design team has a combined 30+ years in the fashion industry. Workmanship is guaranteed for 10 years of free mending.

The Styles:

  • Women’s are available in two casual-chic styles: The Jamie hoodie and The Casey fleece
  • Men’s jackets are available in two handsome cuts: The Franklin hoodie and The Perry fleece, both also featuring inside chest pockets

The Colors:

  • Heather Grey
  • Dark Navy

For details about the design and construction of these jackets and to learn of the designer’s mission to curb distracted driving, watch the short video below.

Click here for more information and pre-order yours today. If you don’t desire to buy a jacket, crowdfunding contributions are available starting at $7.

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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.

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.

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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,

Brooke Burdge Runs the NYC Marathon in Memory of Casey

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

The back of Brooke's shirt

One of Casey’s best friends from Fordham University, Brooke Burdge, ran the NYC Marathon on Nov. 7, 2010 in Casey’s memory. The proceeds raised through the donations to Brooke’s race went to Back On My Feet, an organization that supports the homeless. Brooke completed her first marathon (26.2 miles) in an amazing 4 hours and 17 minutes!

According to Brooke in her pre-marathon reflection,” I think about Casey a lot when I run.  I guess it’s because of the overwhelming feeling I get that I am alive and present. Although she is not physically present with me each day, I still feel her with me and see signs of her…. I know I’d probably be getting a text from Casey before the marathon that said something along the lines of “Good luck, boo!!! You’re a beast!!”  And I know she’d be out in the crowd somewhere to watch and cheer me on…..  I won’t see her—but she’ll be there.”

 Brooke’s message immediately after the race: ” Lady Gaga played outside by a DJ at Mile 8… Casey!… Woman in front of me dressed in all pink as the Pink Panther at the start…

I had our picture on the back of my shirt… three other runners came up at different points and touched my shoulder and said “Caseys with you now”…

Touched her bracelets when I felt weak.  Felt a burst of energy at Miles 24-26…. 

Amazing amazing amazing day… happiest day of my life.”

View additional photos in the photo gallery on CaseyFeldmanMemories.org.

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

More:

Photos from the concert

Photos from the weeklong safety campaign

Concert videos

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.

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