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Armonk Doctor’s CD to Benefit Hurricane Victims

September 6, 2006

By: Carlos Perkins

After learning of the devastation to the Gulf Coast caused by Hurricane Katrina last year, Dr. Kathy Reilly Fallon knew she wanted to do something to help the children of the area.

Her response – a children’s songbook and CD called “Heavenly Skies & Lullabies” – will not only benefit the children and families recovering from the hurricane’s damage one year later but will also provide enjoyment for those who pick up a copy, she said.

“It’s 11 songs and they’re all traditional and nontraditional lullabies,” the eight-year Armonk resident of the CD that accompanies the songbook. “The words are on one page and, on the opposite page are the (illustrations0, which are enchanting and soothing.”

Songs on the CD were sung by Fallon, a Manhattan-based foot and ankle specialist, and actor Frank Pellegrino, who has been featured on television in “ The Sopranos” and films including “Goodfellas” and “ Manhattan Murder Mystery.”

Pellegrino is also the owner of the popular Rao’s restaurant in Manhattan.

The book which, with the CD, will soon be available from Llumina Press for $29.95, was illustrated by Kansas City artist Becky Kelly, who has previously done her signature whimsical illustrations for Hallmark.

Dave Prescott of B12 Designs in Scottsdale, Ariz., provided the design work.

To benefit Katrina victims, Fallon said she and her collaborators decided to donate all of the book proceeds to a Federal Way, Wash.-based Christian relief organization World Vision, which has agreed to ensure funds are used for hurricane relief.

“When the hurricane hit, I if everyone would agree to donate all the proceeds,” Fallon said. “I’m trying to give the most for World Vision.”

The 39 year-old mother of a 5-year-old son, James, had a similar goal when she was working with foot injuries of relief workers after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

“I was so affected by what I saw. Everyone was so affected,” she said. “ I wanted my work to continue.”

Thus, she enlisted the assistance of friend Pellegrino and husband James Fallon who, along with working for a computer company, was also studing music at the Juilliard School at night.

With the help from 21 musicians including many from Juilliard, Kathy Fallon Created a 24-track with lullabies and instrumental pieces entitled “Heavenly Lullabies” which was released in 2003 and benefitted children who lost parents after the attacks five years ago.

Last year, the Fallons finalized the creation of the Heavenly Productions Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children in distress.

During this time, Kathy Fallon said she had the idea to pair the 11 lullabies on the Heavenly Lullabies “ CD with illustrations. A trip to the bookstore helped her find the artist she would ask for help.

“I spent literally four ours at the (bookstore), looking through children’s books,” she said. “I bought four and they were all from Becky Kelly.”

Kelly said that when she read an e-mail Fallon later sent her and began discussing the project over the telephone, she knew she wanted to be involved.

“There was something about when she first e-mailed me and called that touched me,” said Kelly, who worked as an illustrator for Hallmark for 15 years before starting her own studio. “Everyone’s looking for a way to help. It’s loo amazing to do something with art that can help others.”

Kelly added that her illustrations of fairies and other images inspired by 1920s and ’30s children’s books match well with the lullabies on the CD.

“I just think it’s the perfect combination ,” Kelly said.

Fallon Plans to mark the anniversary of Sept. 11 and Hurricane Katrina at a Memorial Mass at St. John the Baptist Church in Yonkers.

The service will be celebrated by the Rev. Gerard Critch of St. Thomas More Church in Sarasota, Fla., who worked alongside Fallon during the Sept. 11 relief.

“Often , the children are sort of lost in these events,” Critch said.”Hopefully , people will remember the children with this book.