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The West Chester University Alpha Epsilon Chapter of the national honors fraternity, Phi Sigma Pi, will be hosting a 5K walk/run on Sunday, April 26, 2015 as its  annual fundraiser for the Casey Feldman Foundation  (sponsor of EndDD.org – End Distracted Driving.). Since April is also Distracted Driving Awareness Month and Casey was killed by a distracted driver, the fraternity hopes to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving through their race.

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 first three benefits were 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. In 2013, Phi Sigma Pi held its first 5K fundraiser.

The fraternity has 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 in downtown West Chester, PA. with the race kicking off at 1:00 p.m. from Kildares Irish Pub, 18 W. Gay St, 19380. Check-in is 11:30 to 12:45 pm. Tickets are $20.  Registration in advance is strongly encouraged.

If you cannot attend,  please consider making a donation so that the  Casey Feldman Foundation  may continue  to save lives through our distracted driving efforts.

 

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Click here to view photos and videos from the prior four Phi Sigma Pi fundraisers and here to view articles about Phi Sigma Pi’s past efforts.

Phi Sigma Pi – Alpha Epsilon Holds 3rd Annual Casey Feldman Benefit Concert April 2012

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

Ryan Gellar (L) and Jimmy Donahue completing forms to commit to safer driving

By Dianne L. Anderson

The West Chester University chapter of the national honors fraternity, Phi Sigma Pi, held the third annual Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation benefit concert on April 14, 2012. Over $1500 in proceeds were raised on behalf of the Foundation.

Donating their musical talents in the ballroom at the Sykes Student Union were Ryan Colestock and the bands, Reservoir and The GoAround. Students paid a $5 donation at the door, and were able to purchase EndDD.org (End Distracted Driving) wristbands, keytags, bumper magnets and t-shirts. All attendees were also able to purchase raffle tickets for goods and services donated by local vendors. “Casey” tables were in place where students could view collages of photographs of Casey.

Phi Sigma Pi brothers don their "Because of Casey" t-shirts

Casey Feldman’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 a summer afternoon at the Jersey 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 and spoke to the students about the issue of distracted driving.

Stated Mr. Feldman, “As Dianne and I speak with students in high schools and colleges as part of April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month, we are encouraged by the willingness of young people to examine their driving behaviors and commit to becoming safer drivers. This is the feedback similar to what we have received from the hundreds of trial lawyers around the country and Canada who are also speaking with students as part of the Casey Feldman Foundation’s  www.EndDD.org initiative.”

Joel Feldman gets a hug from Amber Staska, Casey's friend and former Fraternity President who planned the first concert in 2010

The students at the Phi Sigma Pi sponsored concert exhibited the same willingness and completed forms committing to specific concrete actions for driving safer. “Hopefully you can all talk to your parents as well when you go home, since distracted driving is not just a young people’s problem. It is everyone’s” stated Joel.

 

Related Links:

Photos from the 2012 concert

Phi Sigma Pi Alpha Epsilon

Photos and videos from prior years concerts and traffic safety campaigns

All  Foundation articles on Phi Sigma Pi

 

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.

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

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