Casey’s Virtual 30th Birthday Party – April 6th

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

Casey Feldman would have been 30 years-old this April 6th, had she not been killed by a distracted driver on July 17, 2009.  We are celebrating her birthday with a virtual party on Facebook, where we are asking you to share how you have been inspired by Casey’s life or, death. You need not have known Casey to participate.

Why? Following Casey’s death we were told by scores of people how they were inspired to do better, be better or make positive changes in their life, including those who never even knew Casey. Friends, family and strangers vowed to volunteer more, lead a more balanced life, laugh more, or put away their phone while driving.

If you have been inspired by Casey, tell us how you have been inspired, by sharing on our Facebook event.  Include #BecauseofCasey and tag @CaseyFeldmanFoundation in your Facebook post. Include a photo, video, music or graphic with your post if possible. Feel free to be creative. Of course, we will all appreciate seeing a photo of you and Casey. If birthday balloons are what you’d like to share, do so!

We will share all of the posts throughout the rest of the month of April on Facebook.

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Note: To see how others have been inspired, view the 14 minute video, “Remembering Casey” or, the Casey Feldman “Faces of Distracted Driving” video below. Read Casey’s bio here.

 

The Casey Feldman Foundation Welcomes Two New Board Members

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

By Morgan Steward*

The Casey Feldman Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of two new board members to the Foundation’s board of directors: John Bair and Janine Repka. The Board provides the Casey Feldman Foundation leadership for carrying out the Foundation’s mission to provide financial support to individuals, groups, and institutions whose interests and goals align with those of Casey. This includes providing scholarships to deserving students and promoting safe driving through our sponsored site, EndDD.org (End Distracted Driving).

Janine Repka is the Assistant Director of Leadership Giving at St. Peter’s University in Jersey City, New Jersey. She has previously worked at Mount Sinai Health Systems as a major gift coordinator and then project manager and at Atlantic Theater Company as manager of individual giving and special events.

Janine’s relationship with the Feldman family began back in 2006 when she and Casey were randomly selected to be roommates at Fordham University their freshman year. The two immediately hit it off, becoming best friends and choosing to remain roommates the following two years, until the time of Casey’s death. Prior to being asked to officially join the Board, Repka has worked with the Foundation on a variety of projects, including writing blog posts, managing their social media accounts and giving presentations about the dangers of distracted driving at high schools and museums in Pennsylvania.

Coming from a career in nonprofit fundraising, Repka hopes to put those skills she has developed in her personal career to good use at the Casey Feldman Foundation. She looks forward to expanding fundraising and scholarship opportunities as well as promoting Casey’s story and inspiring others to examine their dangerous driving habits.”I am thrilled to be able to continue to honor Casey’s life through working more closely with the Foundation,” said Janine.

John Bair is the owner and founder of Milestone Consulting, the co-founder (along with his wife Amy) of the Bairs Foundation, and an active member of the Association for Justice (AAJ) . Bair first became connected with Casey’s parents, Joel Feldman and Dianne Anderson (founders of the Foundation) in 2010, right after the launch of EndDD.org. Casey’s story really resounded with Bair, whose daughter was a freshman in high school at that time, and he seized the opportunity to get involved with the organization.

Bair is joining the Board with three fundamental strategic issues he hopes to tackle. First, he hopes to advise and counsel the founders in an attempt to help them actualize their long-term goals for the Casey Feldman Foundation. Secondly, he hopes to fundraise for the Foundation to create a viable and systematic flow of money into the Foundation so that the organization can fully focus on spreading awareness and teaching others the dangers of driving distracted. Finally, Bair hopes to help the Foundation network throughout the country to recruit other strong willed advocates to support the organization in whichever ways they are capable.

“I didn’t appreciate how much of an epidemic we were sitting in the middle of,” Bair explained when asked why he ready to take on a bigger role in the Foundation. “Being exposed to Joel and Dianne’s loss— Casey being killed— was a wakeup call. I recognized that I was an unsafe driver and I drove distracted. The personal message delivered by Joel, that we can all make such a huge difference in our communities and in the networks of people we are close to, by just becoming an advocate made me think.”

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*Morgan Steward is a junior Communication and Media Studies student at Fordham University at Lincoln Center (Casey’s alma mater). Born in Beaumont, TX, she to moved to New York City to pursue a career in the media. She is the Editor-in-Chief of The Observer, Fordham’s student newspaper (where Casey was the News Editor).

 

Help Us Celebrate Casey’s 29th Birthday this Thursday, April 6th

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

This Thursday, April 6th, Casey would be turning 29 years-old if she were still with us. To honor Casey’s life and celebrate the day, we are hosting a virtual birthday party for Casey on Facebook. We are asking everyone to post a picture of themself with Casey, a favorite Casey memory or anything else to commemorate the occasion. The posts should be placed on the Casey Feldman Foundation Facebook page or on your own page and tag @CaseyFeldmanFoundation.

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Casey Feldman Foundation Founders on The Today Show – View the Segment

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

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Parents of the late Casey Feldman and founders of The Casey Feldman Foundation, Joel Feldman and Dianne Anderson were on The Today Show this morning talking about Casey and distracted driving.

View the segment from The Today Show’s website here.

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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Brooke Burdge Runs the NYC Marathon in Memory of Casey

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

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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.

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Monday, February 7th, 2011

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Foundation Donates $1,000 to Haiti Relief

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

In keeping with Casey’s compassion and kindness towards others, the Casey Feldman Foundation has generously donated $1,000 to the relief efforts in Haiti. The donation was made last week through the American Red Cross.  In her all too short life, Casey made the time to reach out to help those in need. The foundation is proud to provide support to the Hatian people in Casey’s memory, honor, and spirit.