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Friends of Danielle Organization Helps Student Receive Music Therapy

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Friends of Danielle, Ltd. is proud to partner with the Music Conservatory of Westchester for the third year in a row to support the Daneille Rinaldi Music Therapy Scholarship Fund in the amount of $2,500. The purpose of the program is to honor the spirit and legacy of Daneille Rinaldi by providing funds for individuals with disabilities and/or catastrophic illness, to receive the benefits of music therapy.  Danielle who valiantly fought Leukemia for seven years, surviving two bone marrow transplants died in 2008.  Matthew, who also survived two bone marrow transplants, is one of the recipients of this generous support.

(Pictured Left-to-Right) Daniel Chillemi from the Friends of Danielle visits with eight-year-old student Matthew Welling, and Dr. Tina Brescia, MT-BC, LCAT, director of Onsite Services at the Conservatory’s Music Therapy Institute.

Music Conservatory of Westchester Receives $6,075 Grant From The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


WHITE PLAINS, NY – (July 22, 2014) – Music Conservatory of Westchester, a not-for-profit community music school in White Plains, is proud to announce that it has received a $6,075 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The award was one of 73 grants totaling over $537,550 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that provide more opportunities, access, and daily quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, their families, and caregivers. Conceived by the late Dana Reeve, the program has awarded 2,380 grants totaling over $17.6 million since 1999.  

The Conservatory will use the grant for its Music Therapy Institute, which reaches nearly 2,000 children and adults with disabilities each year. Specifically, the school’s licensed therapists will utilize the power of music in working with children with disabilities, including those with paralysis-causing conditions, to help alleviate pain and stress, improve communication and language development, enhance social interaction and emotional expression, and accomplish growth, learning, healing and change.  

 “We are thrilled and honored to be the recipient of a grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation,” said Jean Newton, Executive Director.  “Dana Reeve grew up in Westchester and had a close connection to our community.  In fact, she attended high school in Edgemont where I live and raised my family.  This grant will allow us to bring the joy of music to children with Cerebral Palsy and other neurological disabilities starting this fall.  Our programs will enrich their lives with music activities that are therapeutic, motivating and educational.”

Donna Valente, Quality of Life Grants Director, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, said, “Giving the gift of independence for individuals living with paralysis is why the Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center was created. We are honored to provide these organizations with Quality of Life grants to help make this vision come true for the paralysis community nationwide.”

“The organizations receiving these grants will offer much needed services that will bolster their communities and strengthen the lives of those accessing these critical programs and resources."
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life Grants Program was created to address the myriad needs of children and adults with paralysis and other mobility impairments and their families. Grants support critical life-enhancing and life-changing initiatives that improve physical and emotional health and increase independence. Funded projects offer a diversity of services and approaches: improving access; providing education and job training; sponsoring organized sporting activities; and much more. Quality of Life grants are funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Award #U59DD000838).  

Broadway Stars Help Conservatory Raise Over $110,000 at Annual Golf & Tennis Classic

Tuesday, July 08, 2014