Today we were very happy to meet Blitz, the dog purchased with our Grant funds, who has been trained as a K9 unit for the SOLEBURY TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT in PA. The Marilyn Lichtman Foundation also funded the agility training course for the K9 team. It was wonderful to see our philanthropy in action with this majestic animal! Blitz will help Officers locate missing persons, suspects, evidence and handle related patrol functions.
K9 units have multiple benefits for police departments, including:
· Community Relations - Dogs are often able to break down barriers that may exist between officers and citizens. A primary role of the K9 will be as an “ambassador” for the department
· Officer and Citizen Safety - K9’s will be trained to search buildings that could potentially contain dangerous suspects, this means exposing the officers to less danger.
· Tracking - K9’s are able to search for individuals, often times hours later. They are able to search for dangerous suspects, lost children or missing adults.
· Evidence Collection - K9’s can locate items with human scent on them that may have been discarded by suspects after committing a crime
To help continue support to this cause, please visit https://www.soleburytwp.org/police/pages/police-k9-unit
We were happy to support COLORADO HORSE RESCUE in Longmont, Colorado this month with a Grant award! CHR cares for an average of 60 horses at one time while actively rehabilitating, retraining, and rehoming this herd in order to help more horses in need. Responding to a steady upsurge in at-risk horses and surrender applications, CHR continues to improve their facilities and programs to train and rehome more horses. In 2019, CHR adopted out 61 horses, making it a record year for the organization! To find out more about this amazing nonprofit, please visit https://www.chr.org/
We were so happy to assist LITTLE ANGELS SERVICE DOGS with their renovation plans in Bartlett, NH. Their acquisition of a former motel and cottage resort nestled on 35 acres will provide the ability to have live-in trainers and home environment training. Our grant is going to help build a puppy breeding and development center. Little Angels Service Dogs provide assistance dogs for mobility assistance, seizure alert dogs, Autism assistance, hearing assistance and psychiatric assistance. They train and place fully trained dogs with approved disabled recipients. To find out how you too can help, please visit https://www.littleangelsservicedogs.org/.
We are honored to have a plaque placed on the North Shore Animal League America's donor tribute wall! The North Shore Animal League America is the oldest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization. We are happy to have helped them continue their successful mission!
Visit them at https://www.animalleague.org/
Today we supported INTERFAITH NUTRITION NETWORK, located at the Mary Brennan Soup Kitchen in Hempstead, NY. As a not-for-profit, volunteer-based organization, The INN provides a broad variety of essential services to assist those challenged by hunger, homelessness and profound poverty. They partner with those in need in a dignified and respectful manner to help them achieve self-sufficiency. Pictured are Iris Brull, Robert Brull, President of The Marilyn Lichtman Foundation, Jean Kelly, INN Executive Director and Robert Kammerer, INN Board Member. To find out how you too can help, please visit https://the-inn.org/
Today we supported GLEN COVE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB with a well-deserved grant. Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club at Lincoln House has been serving the community since 1903. The Mission of the Club is to provide a safe and caring environment that will inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive and responsible citizens. Pictured are Robert Brull, President of The Marilyn Lichtman Foundation and Franca Trunzo Chunga, Executive Director. Find out how you can help by visiting them at https://www.glencovebgc.org/
Today we happily supported FOODLINK, whose mission is to leverage the power of food to end hunger and build healthier communities. Pictured are Rich Yarmel, Secretary for The Marilyn Lichtman Foundation and Julia Tedesco, President & CEO, and Julie Burke, Director of Development. For more than 40 years, Foodlink has leveraged the power of food to end hunger and build healthier communities in Allegany, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates counties. Through good stewardship, innovation and collaboration, Foodlink mobilizes a diverse network of community partners to address both the symptoms and root causes of food insecurity. Find out how you can help by visiting them at https://foodlinkny.org/
We were honored to support THE LUSTGARTEN FOUNDATION for Pancreatic Cancer Research. Today’s grant was presented by Robert Brull, The Marilyn Lichtman Foundation President and his wife Iris Brull. Accepting the grant was Stephanie DerGarabedian, National director of Development, and Kerri Kaplan, President and CEO. The Lustgarten Foundation is the largest private funder of pancreatic cancer research, focused on improving patient outcomes and making progress every day. Thanks to separate funding to support administrative expenses, 100 percent of every donation goes directly to research. You can find out more about The Lustgarten Foundation and the great work they are doing at https://www.lustgarten.org/
We were delighted to present a grant to THE BLIND INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, located in the Denver Metro area. Pictured left to right: Michael Scott, President of Colorado Hospital Association Financial Advisors, Mike Hess, Founder and CEO of The Blind Institute of Technology, Mark Vivien, BIT Board of Directors Chairman, and Elaine Hussey for The Marilyn Lichtman Foundation. The Blind Institute of Technology works to advance the professional opportunities for people with disabilities across the United States. Their message is that professionals with disabilities possess skills and abilities that corporations may have overlooked or have yet to discover. Their strategy is to go directly to the C-suites of corporate America to provide a guiding hand into a successful diverse and inclusive culture, with the end goal to being employment for those who are disabled. For more information, please visit https://blindinstituteoftechnology.org.
We were happy to present a grant to FREEDOM SERVICE DOGS OF AMERICA in Englewood, CO. Pictured are Karen Aalund, Director of Philanthropy, CEO & President, Michele Ostrander, Elaine Hussey for The Marilyn Lichtman Foundation, Irene Fobe, trainer, and Lapis. Freedom Service Dogs transforms dogs into custom-trained, life-changing assistance dogs for people in need. The clients they serve live with disabilities like autism, traumatic brain injury (TBI), multiple sclerosis (MS), muscular dystrophy (MD), Down syndrome, cerebral palsy (CP), spinal cord injuries, and more. They also serve veterans with post-traumatic stress (PTS). FSD has been recognized nationally for its innovative approach and life-changing work. For more information visit https://freedomservicedogs.org/
We were very happy to present a grant to THE CENTER FOR YOUTH in Rochester, NY. Pictured are Dr. Elaine Spaull, Executive Director and Rich Yarmel, Secretary for The Marilyn Lichtman Foundation. The Center for Youth provides emergency, temporary & transitional housing, crisis nursery services, school-based counseling, street outreach and much more. They partner with youth to realize their full potential, by creating opportunities, removing barriers and promoting social justice. If you would like to find out more, please visit them at https://www.centerforyouth.net/
We were happy to return to THE NORTH SHORE ANIMAL LEAGUE to present another grant! Pictured are Jill Burkhardt, Senior VP of Development and Marketing and Robert Brull, President of The Marilyn Lichtman Foundation. You too can donate to this wonderful nonprofit by visiting https://www.animalleague.org/
Jill Burkhardt, Senior VP of Development and Marketing and Robert Brull, Foundation President
We were happy to present a grant award to LONG ISLAND CARES/BAXTER’S PET PANTRY. Pictured are left to right: Katherine Fritz-CDO, Iris Brull, Robert Brull – President of The Marilyn Lichtman Foundation, Rennise Adrion-Donor Relations and Paul Pachter-CEO of Long Island Cares. Baxter’s Pet Pantry operated by Long Island Cares, Inc. The Harry Chapin Regional Food Bank, which was developed in partnership with the Animal Relief Fund Inc. (ARF), makes free pet food and pet supplies available to pet-owning families in need. You too can donate to this nonprofit by visiting https://www.licares.org/
We are so proud to have supported K9s FOR WARRIORS in their mission to rescue and train shelter dogs to be paired as Service Dogs for Warriors with service-connected Post-Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury and/or Military Sexual Trauma. You can find out more about this wonderful nonprofit at https://www.k9sforwarriors.org.
We were thrilled to fulfill a grant request from WARRIOR SALUTE VETERAN SERVICES. Pictured are Rich Yarmel, Secretary for The Marilyn Lichtman Foundation, and Sankar Sewnauth, President & CEO of Life Transitions. WARRIOR SALUTE VETERAN SERVICES offers wellness services with individualized programs that specialize in treating a wide variety of trauma and related symptoms. They also offer all-inclusive supportive housing services, family and community support. We were honored to support this Veteran service nonprofit. You can find more information about them at www.cdslifetransitions.org/warrior-salute/about.
July 1, 2020
Pictured left to right are Amanda Chirco of ISLAND HARVEST, The Marilyn Lichtman Foundation President, Robert Brull, and wife Iris Brull. Island Harvest Food Bank is a leading hunger-relief organization that provides food and other resources to people in need. Always treating those it helps with dignity and respect, its goal is to end hunger and reduce food waste on Long Island through efficient food collection and distribution; enhanced hunger-awareness and nutrition-education programs; job training; and direct services targeted at children, senior citizens, veterans, and others at risk of food insecurity. Please visit them at www.islandharvest.org.
July 1, 2020
Today we were delighted to bestow a grant to LITTLE SHELTER Animal Shelter and Adoption Center; a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter nestled on six wooded acres in Huntington, NY, dedicated to saving abandoned dogs and cats and placing them into loving forever homes since 1927. Pictured are Dawn Lam and The Marilyn Lichtman Foundation President, Robert Brull. Visit www.littleshelter.org to make your own gift to this worthy nonprofit.
June 23, 2020
We are delighted to announce our support to THE NORTH SHORE ANIMAL LEAGUE in Port Washington, NY. The North Shore Animal League is the world’s largest no-kill animal shelter and have been leaders in animal rescue and adoption since 1944. Through our Grant Application link, we were able to process their Grant Request in under 30 days. Our philanthropy is here to assist nonprofit organizations in maintaining their noble missions. You can continue the support to this wonderful charity by going to https://www.animalleague.org
President Robert Brull & Diane Johnson, North Shore Animal League America VP of Shelter Operations
A photo of our Founder, Marilyn Lichtman, and the Chief of Police for Solebury Township, Bucks County, PA. Marilyn's generosity led the Marilyn Lichtman Foundation to fund a building for the Police Department, which included a lounge, lockers and showers for the officers. The Foundation also funded body cameras and their K-9 Unit.
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