The Friends of Matheny

Friends of Matheny officers, from left: Jean Wadsworth, recording secretary; Andrea Szott, vice president, fundraising; Lisa Lee, vice president, fundraising; Liz Geraghty, president; Dorothy Carter, vice president, membership; Lisa Novella, corresponding secretary; Nancy Hojnacki, vice president, membership; and June Cioppettini, immediate past president.

Friends of Matheny officers, from left: Jean Wadsworth, recording secretary; Andrea Szott, vice president, fundraising; Lisa Lee, vice president, fundraising; Liz Geraghty, president; Dorothy Carter, vice president, membership; Lisa Novella, corresponding secretary; Nancy Hojnacki, vice president, membership; and June Cioppettini, immediate past president.

The Friends of Matheny is an organization dedicated to providing support to Matheny. Since its inception in 1983, the organization has raised more than $3 million to support Matheny’s programs and services. Recent projects have included renovation of the lobby in the Main Building to enhance both the appearance and security of the reception area; constructing and planting a courtyard garden/waiting area in the Center of Medicine and Dentistry; purchasing student vans, adaptive and therapeutic equipment; funding the construction and furnishing of a special family dining room; outfitting the Matheny sports teams; providing the funding to make it possible for children and adults to attend special events and performances both at Matheny and in the community; the donation of an interactive computer system; and the purchase of “Rocky” a therapy device that mimics the movements of a horse.

Friends of Matheny provide breakfast at Miles for Matheny.

Friends of Matheny provide breakfast at Miles for Matheny.

Please consider joining the Friends of Matheny. The Friends often need help at special events such as the Iris Ball, Miles for Matheny and holiday and graduation celebrations. New Board members are always welcome!

The Friends of Matheny also operates the Second Chance Shop. This year, the shop raised more than $85,000, through the sale of gently used items. Located adjacent to the Gladstone United Methodist Church on Jackson Avenue in Gladstone, the shop is open Mondays from 9:30 am to 6 pm; Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 am to 4 pm; and Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm. Donations of items in good condition are accepted on Mondays only.

For more information about the Friends of Matheny, please call 908-234-0011, ext. 282.

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