There is a well-established support system in place for bereaved spouses and children of deceased, uniformed New York City employ- ees, such as cops and firefighters. That’s a good thing, but the options may be limited for the av- erage family struggling with a similar tragedy.
The Rubinhaim Foundation hopes to amend the disadvantage by opening the nation’s first free day care facility in Forest Hills, N.Y., for children trying to come to terms with the devas- tating loss of their mother or father. Angels Day Care Center will help widowed parents establish a stable environment for their children, while leading them through the painful transition to their new normalcy, pledge its founders, who en- courage you to leave your own lasting imprint with a generous donation at a fundraiser on Oct.
7 to help finance the project construction — with a ground-breaking planned for the fall.
The red-carpet banquet at Da Mikele Illagio Palace, 79-17 Albion Avenue in Elmhurst, N.Y., promises to be a one-of-a-kind affair, sponsored by Manhattan’s finest barbershops, Reamir & Co (reamir.com) and hosted by Z100’s Skeery Jones, with an international feast prepared by master chef Mikele Zavolunov. A celebrity-stud- ded line-up of stars and performances includes Dancing with the Stars, ballroom battle winner Allen Genkin and ballroom champion Amanda Spivock, the legendary Rose Sisters, Manolo the sound of Gypsy Kings, Nick Z from Comedy Cen- tral and Saturday Night Live, Kelly Bensimone of the Real Housewives of New York, and inter- national instrumentalist Didula.
All eyes, of course, will be on the prize — a brand new Angels Day Care Center, where a highly qualified, specially trained staff will do its best to provide fragile children with a qual- ity education, plus the sensitivity, understand- ing, and emotional support they deserve on their path to recovery and independence. An added boost? An on-site chef will prepare delicious, homemade, organic meals three times daily, so that young ones can nourish their mind, body, and spirit while they learn the support skills needed to cope with their lasting grief.
For more information about the Oct. 7 gala and Angels Day Care Center, visit www.Rubinhaim. org or contact info@ rubinhaim.org. All forms of donations are now being accepted, and parts of the facility will be dedicated to generous donors.