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

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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.

Casey Feldman’s Parents Receive Courageous Advocacy Award in Massachusetts

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Casey's parents, Joel Feldman and Dianne Anderson holding a picture of their daughter, Casey, who was killed by a distracted driver in 2009

In creating the Casey Feldman Foundation and EndDD.org and bringing their “End Distracted Driving” (EndDD) message to the public throughout the country, Joel Feldman and Dianne Anderson “have given their daughter a powerful and important legacy,” the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (MATA) concluded, recently awarding the couple the group’s 2013 Courageous Advocacy Award.

Casey Feldman was 21 when she was killed by a distracted driver in 2009. MATA recognized her parents, Joel and Dianne, for “their courage, selflessness and commitment to preventing similar tragedies,” calling it “extraordinary.”

“Casey Feldman taught her friends that everyone had a story – both unique and beautiful. She believed that telling someone’s story made a difference—to both the story-teller and their audience. Casey believed that stories change lives. In telling Casey’s story, Joel and Dianne are not only changing peoples’ lives, they are saving them. What could be a more important message and unforgettable tribute to their daughter Casey’s memory,” explained the program for MATA’s Annual Meeting and dinner on May 22nd in Newton, MA.

Feldman accepted the award from MATA President Tim Kelleher, telling the crowd of approximately 400 guests, “We are so appreciative of being honored by MATA and for their hard work to bring our End Distracted Driving presentation to teens in high schools across the state.”

MATA members have taken the EndDD.org presentation to high schools in Massachusetts since the campaign was launched in that state  in March.

“As trial lawyers, we see the awful consequences of distracted driving,” said Feldman, “But our End Distracted Driving program can help prevent these terrible crashes and make a difference in all of our communities.”

Joel Feldman, Casey's father, addressing MATA upon acceptance of the Courageous Advocacy Award

“I can’t bring Casey back, but I can tell her story and have others tell her story so that we all drive safer,” Feldman said.

“In our society, many people are uncomfortable talking about grief and loss and don’t know how to support those who are suffering,” said Feldman. “As trial lawyers, our clients are suffering and not only do we have an obligation to represent our clients , but an obligation as compassionate human beings to offer support that our clients and their families need.”

Related Links:

EndDD Campaign Initiated in Massachusetts at State Capital; Gov Issues Proclamation; H.S. Students Hear Presentation; TV News Coverage, EndDD.org, March 10, 2013

 

Delco, Montco and the Commonwealth of PA Establish Distracted Driving Awareness Month at the Urging of the Casey Feldman Foundation

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

By Dianne L. Anderson

Joel Feldman Speaking at the Montgomery County Commissioners Meeting

At the urging of the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation and Casey’s Feldman’s father, Joel D. Feldman,  the Commonwealth of Pa and Delaware County, Pa.  established April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month.  A similar resolution was passed last week in Montgomery County. Casey’s parents, Dianne Anderson and Joel Feldman were on hand at the County Commissioners meetings in Delaware and Montgomery Counties to speak and were presented with copies of the resolutions.

“We all have to make a decision as to how we will drive,” stated Joel Feldman. “Will we continue to take chances, continue to multitask and continue to drive selfishly, or will we decide that driving distracted can never be worth the risk? It took my daughter’s death for me to change the way I drive. It should not take personal tragedies for all of us to change the way we drive.” (more…)

Feldmans Honored at Luncheon for Traffic Safety

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

L to R: Joel Feldman, Teresa Thomas (SJTSA), Charles Simonson (Ocean City, N.J. Police Dept) and Dianne Anderson (Feldman) at the luncheon

Casey’s parents, Dianne Anderson and Joel Feldman were recently recognized for their work with law enforcement officials and traffic safety experts to educate the public on pedestrian safety issues.

Casey's grandparents, Martin & Winnie Anderson at the awards luncheon

A luncheon was held on October 27 by the South Jersey Traffic Safety Alliance (SJTSA), and in addition to the Feldmans, 11 other individuals and organizations were honored for their contributions in the past two years.

The Feldmans helped to create “Casey’s Law”  which requires motorists to stop and remain stopped for pedestrians in crosswalks (See  Media Coverage 2010 – N.J. Pedestrian Law on the Memories website). They have also lent Casey’s image to be part of a pedestrian safety education and awareness campaign throughout South Jersey, as well as dedicated several pink remembrance trees to loved ones who were lost in traffic crashes. View photos from the awards luncheon.  To learn more about SJTSA, click here and to learn more about pink remembrance trees, click here.

Award recipients

Casey Receives Honorary Diploma from Fordham University

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Casey's roommates: L to R Christina Halligan, Cassie Foote, Janine Repka, Kelsey Butler

On Saturday, May 22, 2010, Casey’s class of 2010 graduated from Fordham University. In addition to Casey being recognized by many of her classmates and friends with a single pink rose pinned to their graduation gowns, the University recognized her as well. Casey’s name appeared in the commencement program and she was remembered in prayer at the morning commencement for the entire University. At the separate diploma ceremony for the Fordham College Lincoln Center students in the afternoon, Casey was mentioned by the student speaker in the class address given by Dave de la Fuente. The first diploma awarded by Dean Grimes was to Casey, which was accepted by her parents. Dean Grimes and the Fordham University community lovingly acknowledged that Casey, one of their own, was not physically present on this memorable day, but was there in spirit to guide over and watch her fellow classmates and friends accept their diplomas.

View more photos of the graduation. Click  on the video below to watch Dean Grimes present Casey’s diploma.

Marie Larson and Brooke Burdge each wearing one of Casey's dresses under their graduation gowns

Casey's parents Joel Feldman and Dianne Anderson accepting Casey's dipolma from Deans Grimes and Greif

Casey's dipolma

Feldmans Participate in Press Conferences Announcing New Pedestrian Safety Law – “Casey’s Law”

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

 

Casey’s mother, Dianne Anderson speaking at the press conference in Ocean City

On Wednesday, March 31, Casey’s parents, Dianne Anderson and Joel Feldman were part of a series of press conferences in  Newark, Cherry Hill and Ocean City, New Jersey which announced “Casey’s Law” which will go into effect today,  April 1, 2010 and was inspired in part, by Casey.  The new law requires motorists to stop and remain stopped for pedestrians  in marked crosswalks or  who are crossing at intersections where there are no marked crosswalks. The new law will replace the former law, which used the term “yield to pedestrians”.

This is the first change in N.J. law regarding pedestrian safety in more than 50 yrs. and comes in the aftermath of some 157 pedestrian fatalities in the state in 2009. This figure, representing some 27 percent of car crash fatalities in N.J., is more than double the national average, giving N.J. the distinction of being first in the nation in pedestrian deaths.

Mr. Feldman asked those in attendance to imagine the horror of losing someone so  special to them as a result of distracted driving. He also asked them to consider that they had been the driver and had, through their lack of attention, killed someone’s child. He wanted everyone to know that there are  two  sides to the story and that no one would want to be on either side. He asked for all to take a picture of someone they loved and could not bear to lose and to put it in their car so that they saw it every time they got in  to remind them that only a second of distraction can so drastically change so many lives.

Casey’s father, Joel Feldman presenting a pink bracelet to N.J. Atty Gen. Paula T. Dow in Newark. Pam Fischer, Director of the Division of Highway Traffic Safety looks on.

Mr. Feldman expressed his hope that as a result of the new legislation and the attention being given by virtue of Casey’s death that  ” no new pedestrian death stories would be written in New Jersey.”

Wrapping up in Ocean City, a mere five blocks from the intersection where Casey’s accident took place, Mrs. Feldman (Dianne Anderson) took her turn at speaking out.  She said, “I am here to put a human face on the story of the tragic consequences that can result from distracted driving and failing to stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk. I wish I could say that it is my face, but it is not.” Holding up a picture of Casey for all to see, Mrs. Feldman said through tears, “This is the face. This is Casey Feldman and she is my daughter, our daughter. If, as a result of this new law we can prevent just one single tragedy so that no one else has to experience the grief that we have, then we would have accomplished something huge in the wake of Casey’s death.”

Related Links:

–  TV news coverage and photos

News articles about this significant event marking a change in N.J. law inspired by Casey’s story

The Feldmans Meet With CU Students From the Volunteer Resource Center

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Brett Feldman (Casey's brother) and Kylie Bearse

Casey’s parents, Dianne Anderson and Joel Feldman, combined a trip to CO during the weekend of February 5th to attend a board meeting of the CU Parents’ Association with a dinner to meet with students of the Volunteer Resource Center at CU. Casey’s Fordham University roommate, Kelsey Butler and Casey’s cousin, Jamie Gallagher, accompanied the Feldman’s and enjoyed the opportunity to meet with the CU students. The students were excited to discuss recent happenings in the volunteer office as well as plans for the upcoming alternative spring break trips.

A pleasant surprise was the appearance of CU student, Alex Mondics, whom the Feldman’s met for the first time. Coincidentally, Alex’s father, Chris Mondics, Staff Writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, wrote the January 7th front page article on Joel Feldman, “Loss of daughter helps lawyer feel clients’ pain”.

Scott Gemperline, Kelsey Butler (Casey's Fordham U roommate), Austin C. Grafa and Jamie Gallagher (Casey's cousin)

Allie Mills, Dianne Anderson, Devyn Lacey, Erica Larson, Sarah Mandos

Sarah Mandos, Scott Gemperline, Joel Feldman, Erica Larson , and Alex Mondics

The Feldmans Meet with Fordham Univeristy’s President McShane

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

 

Fordham University President Joseph M. McShane, Joel Feldman, Justine Franklin and Dianne Anderson (seated)

Fordham University’s annual Philadelphia area alumni reception was held on January 27, 2010 at the Ritz Carlton in Philadephia. University President Joseph M. McShane, S.J. and  Fordham’s Director of Major Gifts, Justine Franklin, met in advance with Casey’s parents, Joel D. Feldman and Dianne  L. Anderson. Father McShane spoke about Casey, whom he knew personally and discussed the scholarship established at Fordham in Casey’s memory.  It is anticipated that an annual luncheon will be held for the scholarship recipents and their families which will include the Feldmans and professors who knew Casey. The recipients will have the opportunity to speak about their internship experiences funded by the scholarship and all will  be able to include  their memories and thoughts of Casey. The annual lucheon will include all former scholarship recipients as alumni,  thus enabling all to remain connected with the University and Casey’s spirit  in the years ahead.

According to Father McShane, ” Casey was a remarkable young woman….She was a restless, creative star who was always in motion, always spending herself to bring life and joy to all who were lucky enough to have her in their lives. At Fordham, she was the center of a series of loving and loyal communities, all of which benefitted from her generosoty of spirit and her great energy. Therefore, her death has left a void at the very heart of the University. At the same time, however,…she continues to be a very real (and quite vibrant) presence in our community….[S]he taught others how to love, how to write, how to see the world in new and exciting ways, and how to be a true “woman for others”. Therefore, she continues to inspire the members of the entire Fordham community….Casey’s influence was (and remains) so powerful in the life of the University….”

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.]