The News of Delaware County: “SHS theater family remembers beloved actress”

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

By Amy A. Winnemore
LIFE EDITOR

Published December 16, 2009

Joel Feldman (right) speaks at the special "Pink Performance" of 'The Laramie Project' while SHS Theatre Director John Guildea and Dianne Anderson look on. The Springfield Theatre Workshop created a plaque in honor of Casey.

With smiles and tears, the Springfield High School theater family paid tribute to the memory of one of their brightest stars.

Casey Feldman, a 2006 graduate of Springfield High School, was walking to her job July 16 on the Ocean City boardwalk when she was struck and killed by a motorist.

“With Casey’s passing, our theater family lost one of its brightest stars. She was a beloved alumnus who radiated warmth, love and compassion for everyone around her. Casey was a star in life and she is now a star in heaven. She will always be there for us as our guiding light,” said SHS English teacher and theater director John Gildea.

L to R: Brooke Burdge, Marie Larson, Kelsey Butler, Dianne Anderson, Jamie Gallagher and Janine Repka at the reception before the performance

The Springfield Theatre Workshop (STW) season has been dedicated to Feldman’s memory. They recently finished a four-night run of “The Laramie Project,” the first show in which Casey performed in 2004 when she was a sophomore.

One of the shows, for only Feldman’s friends and family, was a special memorial performance in her honor.

“It was a beautiful tribute,” said Feldman’s mother Dianne Anderson.

STW has created a plaque to honor all of Feldman’s accomplishments, which will be hung on the Knorr Theatre wall, “so that she will always be guiding us throughout our rehearsals and performances,” said Gildea.

Throughout her high school acting career, Feldman appeared in every theater production including “Our Town” as Professor Willard, “Arsenic and Old Lace as Elaine Harper, “The Odd Couple” as Gwendolyn Pigeon and “The Mousetrap” as Mollie Ralston. Friends say Feldman brought leadership and experience to the theater department. She was a STW officer her senior year, served as the 2006 Cappies Team Lead Critic and was voted “Best Actress” that year.

Casey as Gwendolyn Pigeon in The Odd Couple

“She also brought kindness and compassion for everyone around her,” said Gildea.

To continue her spirit, her family has created The Casey Feldman Network and the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation. The foundation was set up to provide financial support to individuals, groups and institutions that share Feldman’s interests, qualities and goals. The Foundation will also be sponsoring a scholarship in her name to give to a Springfield High School graduating senior. The recipient will showcase all the qualities that Casey possessed.

“When it came to acting, Casey was a perfectionist. She always made sure her lines were memorized quickly. She was always prepared for each rehearsal, and she also asked a lot of questions when she was unsure about her particular movements or how to say a particular line. Casey simply shined when she took the stage. She worked endlessly to make each of her roles memorable for the audiences,” said Gildea.

[Note: Click here to view photos and videos from the reception, plaque dedication and performance. Click here to view the High School Theater Galleries on the Casey Feldman Memories site.]

The Springfield Press and The News of Delaware County (12.30.09) “Her sparkling spirit remembered”

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

 

The Feldman family used some 19,000 pink lights to decorate their 300 year old sycamore tree in Casey's memory.

Published: December 30, 2009, Springfield Press and The News of Delaware County

With the help of local arborist Steve McFarland, Dianne Anderson has decorated an 80-foot-tall Sycamore with 19,000 pink lights. The lights are to memorialize the sparkling spirit of Anderson’s daughter Casey Feldman who lost her life last summer while crossing a street in Ocean City, N.J. McFarland of Aldan, and a former Longwood Gardens employee, used a piece of cherry picking equipment to decorate the 325-year-old, native Sycamore tree with pink lights, which was Feldman’s favorite color.  Four workers took helped in the project, which took three full days to complete The tree, on Ridge Lane in Springfield, is to remember Feldman, a Springfield High School graduate and a student at Fordham University, who loved Christmas.

Read the original article here.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (front page, 1-7-10), “Loss of daughter helps lawyer feel clients’ pain”

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Joel Feldman with his daughter, Casey, in a family photo. He used the skills he made making settlement videos put together a DVD about her. Go to Remembering Casey DVD to see the video.

“Loss of daughter helps lawyer feel clients’ pain”By Chris Mondics                                                                                   

Posted on Thurs, Jan. 7, 2010

The phone call every parent dreads came July 17, late in the afternoon, just as plaintiffs’ lawyer Joel Feldman was wrapping up a videotape interview in a medical-malpractice case with a cancer patient and his parents, who spoke of their emotional devastation.

For decades, Feldman has made a good living suing insurance companies, construction firms, and manufacturers on behalf of accident victims.

One reason he has done so well is that he has gotten adept at conveying the physical and psychic trauma visited on victims and survivors by acts of negligence that, at their core, result from someone else’s bad judgment – an inept physician, a reckless tractor-trailer driver, a construction company that failed to properly protect an employee’s safety.

Feldman helped pioneer the use of a powerful trial lawyers’ tool called a settlement video. The 15-minute DVDs typically feature interviews with surviving victims, family members, and expert witnesses that give defendants a taste of what they might face if they go to trial.

The intellectual and emotional message of the videos can be withering. Defendants often settle after viewing them. And that is the goal.

Over the years, Feldman says, he thought he understood the emotional turmoil of his clients and their devastation. But now he knows he did not.

The phone call that day came from police in Ocean City, N.J., who said Feldman’s 21-year-old daughter, a beautiful and vivacious communications major at Fordham University, had been hit by a delivery van as she walked to her job as a waitress on the boardwalk. (more…)

The Fordham Alumni News (December 2009), “Family Endows Fund in Daughter’s Name”

Monday, January 11th, 2010

  Read the article as originally published online.

Family Endows Fund in Daughter’s Name

 
Contact: Bob Howe
(212) 636-6538
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The family of Casey A. Feldman, a senior at Fordham College at Lincoln Center who was struck by a car and killed this summer, has created the Casey A. Feldman Memorial Endowed Fund with a $50,000 gift to the University which will support one student during an unpaid communications internship each year.

“Casey was able to take full advantage of the internship opportunities available while a student at Fordham,” said Dianne Anderson and Joel Feldman, Casey’s mother and father. “Her internship experiences helped her focus her interest in journalism, gain practical experience in her field and make professional contacts. We are very proud of what Casey was able to accomplish while a student at Fordham and are proud to be able to help future Fordham Lincoln Center students achieve their career goals through the internship experience.”

Feldman, former news editor of the Lincoln Center student newspaper The Observer, lived in a Philadelphia suburb with her family, and was working at a summer job in Ocean City, N.J., where she died on July 17. She was a communications major who graduated from Springfield High School in Pennsylvania. Feldman joined The Observer as a freshman and was named assistant news editor as a sophomore. While serving as news editor in her junior year, Feldman was named a finalist for the 2009 Chandler Award for Student Writer of the Year in Religion, sponsored by the Religion Newswriters Association. Feldman had planned to return to her Observer position in the fall, and was to begin an internship at New York 1 television station. (more…)

Foundation set up to honor memory of Springfield graduate

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Casey Feldman’s family establishes network where friends can share memories or volunteer time or money for one of many charities

Casey Feldman, second from left, with her father Joel, mother Dianne Anderson and brother Brett at Christmas 2008.

Published: Sunday, November 15, 2009

By TIMOTHY LOGUE

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While sitting in the family shorehouse in Sea Isle City, N.J. last summer, Joel Feldman turned to his daughter and asked if she was happy.

“What do you mean, dad — today or in life?” 21-year-old Casey Feldman said.

“Both,” her father said.

After a few seconds, his first born smiled and said, “Yes … and yes.”

The short back-and-forth occurred on the evening of July 16. The following afternoon, while walking to her waitressing job at Bob’s Grill on the Ocean City boardwalk, Casey was struck by a passing motorist.

She died five hours later in the trauma unit of the Atlantic City Medical Center.

Joel Feldman and Dianne Anderson’s daughter was growing up to be everything they could have hoped for and had cornered the market on qualities that make parents proud.

Casey was smart, beautiful, hard-working, thoughtful, focused and funny. She was also a good listener and absolutely fearless, traits that helped the rising Fordham University senior become an award-winning reporter and editor of her school newspaper, The Observer.

“She liked to listen and she was patient with people, letting them tell their story,” Joel said. “She knew that if you are an open and honest person, and value what people have to say, they are probably going to talk to you.

“Along with being a little pushy and a little assertive, those are great qualities for a reporter to have. And a great quality for a friend to have.”

In addition to her schoolwork and hours spent on The Observer, Casey devoted her time to several causes in New York City, a metropolis she fell in love with as a young teenager during shopping excursions with her mother.

Casey also volunteered at the West End homeless shelter, Momentum Soup Kitchen, Animal Haven Shelter and, closer to home, the German Shepherd Rescue of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

She tackled internships at KYW News Radio, CBS Channel 3, The News of Delaware County, AM New York and Philadelphia Style and was to have begun an internship with the Manhattan-based television station NY-1 this fall.

“Every time I see a news anchor, I look and think, ‘Gosh, that could have been, or should be, Casey,’” Joel said. “Consequently, I don’t really watch the news. I’ll listen but it’s tough to watch.”

CASEY FELDMAN - Springfield grad killed in Ocean City, N.J.

To keep her spirit alive, the family has created The Casey Feldman Network and the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation (information on both, along with recollections, photos and Casey’s writings, can be found by visiting www.caseyfeldman.com). (more…)

Foundation Honors Delco Girl Killed at Jersey Shore

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

kyw-newsradio-logoby KYW’s Brad Segall

A Delaware County, PA. family who lost their daughter and sister over the summer in a traffic accident at the Jersey shore will announce a foundation in her memory later this week, hoping that some good will come from their tragic loss.

Casey Feldman would have been a senior at Fordham University this year but her young life was cut short in July when she was killed in a crosswalk while walking to her summer job in Ocean City.

Her family is establishing the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation, which according to her father Joel Feldman, will help students and causes that were close to his daughter’s heart:

“Including helping those were homeless, hungry, those afflicted with HIV on the one hand and the other part of it is helping students through various scholarships.”

One of those scholarships will be given to a graduating senior at Springfield High School in Delaware County.

Scholarships will also be established at Fordham and the University of Colorado where her brother attends college.

The family will announce the foundation and the scholarships at the high school this Friday.

Click here to listen to the the KYW Interview.