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A backpack filled with pens, glue sticks and notebooks may seem like a simple thing, but it can really make a difference for a child in need, say the folks at an Armonk-based nonprofit.
Heavenly Productions Foundation raised about $10,000 this year which it used to buy backpacks, school supplies, new library books and classroom necessities such as hand sanitizer and facial tissues for schoolchildren and teachers in Yonkers.
Its founder and president, Dr. Kathy Reilly Fallon, said the group was contacted by Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano about needy kids at an elementary school in one of the city’s poorer sections, P.S. 13 on McLean Avenue.
The city and schools, headed by Schools Superintendent Edwin M. Quezado, conducts a “Backpack to School” drive each year.
Fallon said Heavenly Productions was able to provide 645 supply filled backpacks to the elementary school.
It also donated 60 backpacks with school supplies to Lifting Up Westchester’s after school program at Roosevelt High School and 40 more backpacks and books for children who attend Westhab’s after school program at the Good Shepard Presbyterian Church. Both places are also in Yonkers.
Fallon said about 100 books were given to the library at P.S. 13.
Board games were also donated, she said.
Helping to raise about $8,000 for this year’s backpack outreach was Fallon’s son, James, who is a sophomore at Iona Prep in New Rochelle.
It was his summer project to seek funding from corporations such as Bob’s Discount Furniture and then to write thank-you notes to donors, Fallon said.
Also crucial to the success of the backpack outreach were its volunteers, Fallon said.
Among those who were lending a hand were Fallon herself; Sheryl Nolletti, a member of the foundation’s executive board; Byram Hills students Christian Kalian and Matthew Kalian; and volunteers Michelle Kalian, Anne Reilly and Audrey Fallon.
Heavenly Productions has donated 7,200 supply filled backpacks over the past six years, Fallon said.
MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. — Heavenly Productions Foundation, an Armonk-based nonprofit performed an Irish musical concert in the lobby of Maria Fareri Hospital in Valhalla, New York on Monday in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day this week.
Dawn Doherty performed a selection of Irish music on tin whistle and guitar along with singing and Dr. Kathy Reilly Fallon, Chairwoman of Heavenly Productions sang Irish lullabies and traditional lullabies accompanied by pianist, Lawrence McGowan.
Heavenly Productions board members, Donna Gizzi, Sheryl Nolletti and volunteers Terri O’Neill and Anne Reilly distributed teddy Bears, Heavenly Lullabies CD’s, “Stay Strong” monogrammed tote bags, Irish themed hats and necklaces to each one of the pediatric patients.
article courtesy of Mount Pleasant Daily Voice
Bob’s Discount Furniture recently teamed up with Heavenly Productions Foundation to deliver lullaby books to patients and staff at Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, N.Y. The visit was one of two that occurred throughout June in an effort to help children living with illnesses. To learn more about Bob’s Outreach program and how it’s helping schools and children’s charities near you, visit www.mybobs.com.
News 12 Westchester
May 13, 2014 8:36 PM
ARMONK – Armonk middle school students volunteered their time Tuesday to make teddy bears for sick children in various hospitals.
The students from H.C. Crittenden Middle School were working with the Heavenly Productions Foundation, a nonprofit that helps children in distress. The organization was started by Dr. Kathy Reilly Fallon in 2003 and provides teddy bears to sick children nationwide, plus in Haiti and Africa.
“It makes us very happy because we know we are helping the kids that don’t have much,” says student Arianna Tedesco.
The bears will be delivered next month to the Blythdale Children’s Hospital in Valhalla and the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia.
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Thanks to the Heavenly Productions Foundation, 600 backpacks and other school supplies were given to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy in Yonkers on Friday, September 12th. Senator Stewart-Cousins joined Mayor Mike Spano, Principal Natalie Davy, Dr. Kathy Reilly Fallon, Co-Founder and Chairwoman of Heavenly Productions Foundation, and John Wallace, former New York Knicks player and board member of the foundation.
by Nathan Bruttell 12/19/13
ARMONK, N.Y. — Members of Armonk’s Heavenly Productions Foundation recently visited schools in Far Rockaway that were affected by Hurricane Sandy to deliver 900 backpacks, toys and school supplies.
Executive Board Members Lori Rocco, Kathy Reilly Fallon and John Wallace joined adult volunteers from Bedford and Pleasantville and youth volunteers from Armonk, Bedford and Pleasantville to visit Public Schools 106 and 197.
Heavenly Productions Foundation delivered 900 backpacks, teddy bears, books, CDs, school/classroom supplies and a basketball for each of the schools. John Wallace, executive board member of the foundation and a retired player for the New York Knicks, signed autographs and provided photo opportunities with students and the staff.
“It was a day filled with joy and love giving to these children in need that were affected by Hurricane Sandy,” foundation representatives said. “Our Foundation believes in the words spoken from the great Martin Luther King Jr. that states ‘Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.’ We find this quote very fitting for today’s backpack outreaches.”
by Justin Quinn 11/21/13
ARMONK, N.Y. — President Louis Levine of the New York College of Podiatric Medicine (NYCPM) bestowed an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters and a medal to Armonk resident Dr. Kathy Reilly Fallon last week.
Dr. Fallon, a member of the board of trustees of the college, was honored for her charity work as Founder & Chairwoman of Heavenly Productions Foundation, a nonnprofit dedicated to helping children in need, as well as for serving on the Executive Board of Trustees for the March of Dimes here in Westchester.
She also received congratulatory letters that evening from N.Y. Governor Andrew Cuomo, N.Y. Senator Charles Schumer, U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, N.Y.C Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Commissioner of N.Y. State Department Health, D. Nirav Shah and the Ambassador of Ireland, His Excellency Michael Collins.
“I am filled with gratitude to NYCPM that they chose me as the recipient of this degree. I am honored and humbled having received this most prestigious Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters by NYCPM. I am forever grateful and it will serve as kind reminder each day of my life to continue to serve my patients and children in need with the utmost care and compassion,” Dr. Fallon said in a statement.
She is a board-certified wound care specialist and foot & ankle specialist and has authored several medical journal articles and books.
Fallon has worked at the Midtown Health Center in Manhattan for the last 16 years, and for more than 10 years at St. Vincent’s Midtown Hospital and St. Vincent’s Family Health Center as a doctor and surgeon.
Dr. Kathleen Reilly Fallon recently took part in a special recording session of ‘No Time At All’ with actress, Andrea Martin and Stephen Schwartz, composer of PIPPIN.
Fallon sang on the new Broadway Cast Recording of PIPPIN. The recording took place at the Concert Hall in the New York Society for Ethical Culture in New York City, NY.
source: Podiatry Management
On the evening of Thursday, November 14, 2013, the College will be holding a Convocation honoring Women in Podiatry. This honor will be given to three doctors – Drs. Susheel Bathla, Kathleen Reilly Fallon, and Halina M. Semla-Pulaski, all graduates of NYCPM.
These women will be recognized by President Louis L. Levine and the Board of Trustees both for their professional and personal contributions to podiatric medicine, and for their community service. The ceremony will take place at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manhattan.
source: Podiatry Management
Last night, with pomp and circumstance, the New York College of Podiatric Medicine (NYCPM) held a Convocation honoring Women in Podiatry. Drs. Susheel Bathla, Kathleen Reilly Fallon, and Halina M. Semla-Pulaski, all graduates and Board of Trustees members of NYCPM, received honorary doctorates in humane letters.
These highly accomplished women were recognized by President Louis L. Levine and the Board of Trustees both for their professional and personal contributions to podiatric medicine, and for their community service. The ceremony, gala dinner, and silent auction were held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manhattan and raised money for student scholarships.
source: Podiatry Management