Mark and Ilene Weiss from Congers, NY, turned 60 this year and wanted to give back. Ilene was a special education teacher for over 30 years. She knew of the good work Jawonio does to help those with special needs and wanted to support them in some special way. As she and her husband were preparing to celebrate this great milestone with a big party, they reached out to their loved ones. Here is what Ilene had to say:
“My husband and I did not want people to feel that they had to buy us something if they wanted to come to our birthday party. Thankfully, there is nothing that we need and can buy anything we may want. We have reached an age where we want to clean out, not have more stuff!
I grew up in Rockland, and worked with special needs children and their families for over 36 years. There was no discussion when we were choosing our charities; we both knew Jawonio would be one of them. We are truly blessed with our family and friends, but know that not everyone can say that. We are glad we can do something to help others.”
The gifts came pouring in. Many beautiful cards were sent with wonderful sentiments about Ilene and Mark and how happy they were to give back to Jawonio. All of the donations totaled $1,194.00!!
From the entire Jawonio organization, we would like to personally thank each person that gave to us in the Weiss’ honor. We would like to acknowledge all of these generous people who are now part of the Jawonio family:
Marilyn Taragano, Rosalyn Mintz, Cecile & Marvin Benjamin, Pam & Mike Finley, Jill & Theodore Goodman, Rose & Bruce Pollack, Nancy Ciraldo, Donna Bartunek, Naomi & Michael Feinkind, Judy Warren & Eileen Casey, Judith Gitnick, Gail Goldstein, Randy & Glenn Ascher, Debbie Compito, Elaine & Howard Gosman, Doris & Stan Haas, Louise & Warren Kaufman, Robin & Bert Liberman, Trish & Jim McShane, Linda & Jeff Sontag, Karen Stazzone, Catherine Spinney, Beverly & Ira Asinofsky, Vera & Anthony Corato, Helen Sontag, Tracey Paladino-Sherding, Mary Wolchan, and Sherry Parker.