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  • Puppet Campaign 2018

    Our 3rd Annual Sponsor-A-Puppet in Memory of Jim Lassus is underway!  Several years ago our program was blessed with the addition of an amazing volunteer, Liz Lassus.  In fact, she was our 2014 Volunteer of the Year.  In her acceptance speech she thanked her husband, Jim, for his support of her volunteer activities.  Over the years Jim went from supporting Liz to becoming a volunteer in his own right.  Jim passed away quite suddenly in August 2015.  In lieu of flowers, donations to PeerPals.org were suggested.  This act of generosity in Jim's memory raised enough money to sponsor more than a dozen play dates. To show our appreciation and find a way to honor Jim's memory we have named the PeerPals.org welcome puppet Jim.  Each child is welcomed  into our program with a puppet.  This way they have a puppet pal to play with while they wait to be matched with a real pal.  Our puppet is a chef because at PeerPals.org, we're "cooking" up friendships!  Each time we pack a puppet to send to a new family, we remember Jim and the gift of his friendship. Please consider a donation of $20 to sponsor a puppet that will be sent to welcome a new child to PeerPals.org.  Thank you for your support of our mission of inclusion for children with disabilities.
  • Thank you Gymboree!

    Very sad to hear the Gymboree Play & Music on Long Island will be closing later this month. Our very first play date in 2009 was held at the Woodbury Gymboree and we've been building friendships there ever since. We will always be grateful to all the folks at Gymboree for embracing our message of inclusion and giving our pals a fun and safe place to play!
  • Mark your calendar!

    Grab your running shoes and a friend for the 3rd Annual A Run Through History 5K on Saturday, September 8, 2018, in the picturesque hamlet of Oyster Bay, NY!  To register for the race, go to arunthroughhistory.org Be sure to check out our new video for the run!
  • Planting Seeds of Community

    Wanted to take a moment to thank Sean Acosta for all of his efforts to raise money for and awareness of the PeerPals.org mission.  Sean was honored as our Community Champion at our 8th Annual Planting Seeds of Community Dinner on April 12, at the Jericho Terrace.  This fundraising dinner provides 85% of the funding for our program.  Thanks to all of our donors who provided the items for our raffle and silent auction.  Also, many thanks to our supporters who come back year after year to make the Planting Seeds of Community dinner a success!

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