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The Josephine Foundation

Newsletter - Jan 2019

From the Chairman's Desk

From The Chairman’s Desk I sincerely hope you all had a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and wishing you all a Happy Healthy 2019. In this fast paced world we are living in today, we sometimes forget all the wonderful things we have to be thankful for. I hope we all took time to step back to look at the …

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Editor's Message

Happy 2019 everyone and welcome to another edition of our newsletter.  It’s time to wave a goodbye to the old & embrace the new, full of hope, dreams and ambitions.  As we reflect on 2018 and think about our 2019 goals, it's important to remind ourselves of some of the skills (The Three C's) promoted by the arts which are important …

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Board Member Highlight

Board Member Highlight - John Schnakenberg   One of our distinguished board members of the Josephine Foundation is Mr. John Schnakenberg. John was born and raised in Queens, NY and as a young man he joined the carpenter’s union and was an active member for over 55 years. He worked 4 years as an apprentice and then became a journeyman …

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JOFO Performs at Lord and Taylor Manhasset

JOFO Performs at Lord and Taylor Manhasset Performers from the Josephine Foundation were invited to the Lord and Taylor Manhasset store on November 10th, 2018 and took part in the celebration marking the conclusion of their recent remodeling. Staff and shoppers alike were treated to a medley of musical standards in the new lofty glass entrance atrium. Sophy Rodriguez, Ariana …

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"In Their Own Words"

"In Their Own Words" by Caitlyn Reid (2017 Anthony Belluci Scholarship Award Recipient) Growing up, my dad always wanted me to be on a team, playing a sport and being social. Baseball, softball and cheerleading were teams I were part of but not teams I stuck with. I was on the team but it wasn’t a team that made you feel …

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A View from Backstage by Peter Carrozzo

A View from Backstage by Peter Carrozzo The staging of a theatrical production requires an extraordinary number of small, medium and large things to happen over a ridiculously short time. So many of these things seem to occur effortlessly, as if while everyone sleeps, enchanted theatre elves work to ensure each aspect of the show comes together. Sadly, that is …

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Winter Wonderland 2nd Annual Festival of Trees

  Winter Wonderland 2nd Annual Festival of Trees The Josephine Foundation 2nd Annual “Winter Wonderland” St. Mary's Festival of the Trees was held in December.  The major attraction to the festival was a brilliant display of beautifully decorated Christmas trees.  Many of the trees were sponsored by families, organizations and local businesses with each tree’s decoration uniquely themed based on the …

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Reconnecting through the JOFO… David Barlas

Reconnecting through the JOFO… David Barlas The Josephine Foundation’s mission is to bring together people with a common interest so they can work together and achieve great things. Sometimes, though, something happens that goes beyond that - like what happened at the JOFO Gala a few years back. At the annual Gala at the Crest Hollow Country Club, the Queens …

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Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery Events

Spirits Alive Our annual Spirits Alive Event at Maple Grove Cemetery took place on Saturday September 29, 2018 from 2:30 to 4:30. The weather was beautiful, and we were blessed with large crowds including many children. The theme of the event commemorated the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War 1 and many of the historical portraits had a …

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