What's New at CLF

CLF Sponsors Gender Equity Grant at Monmouth Medical Center Foundation

The Charles Lafitte Foundation (CLF) will pledge $75,000 over a five-year period for the Gender Equity Internship at Monmouth Medical Center Foundation. These funds will begin in January 2018 and will be applied to financing, advertisement and selection of internship applicants.

The purpose of this gift will be to establish a grant that supports internships focused on working with employee resource groups at MMCF to create, update, and support LGBTQ+ inclusive information and work environments. The interns selected will be pursuing majors or minors in gender and sexuality studies. They will work with LGBTQ+ community leaders to plan and/or support events, create new pathways for LGBTQ+ inclusive hiring efforts and mentoring and work on strategic planning for a PROUD clinic at MMCF.

Located in Long Branch, N.J., Monmouth Medical Center, an RWJ Barnabas Health facility, along with The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, is one of New Jersey’s largest academic medical centers and has been a teaching affiliate of Philadelphia’s Drexel University College of Medicine for more than 40 years.

Kyra Citron, daughter of Jeff and Suzanne Citron (CLF founders) has a special interest in the Gender Equity Grant and actively participated in its development. “Monmouth Medical Center (MMC) is making a strong effort to provide the LGBTQ+ population with informative and friendly healthcare. I am happy CLF can support their efforts. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, it is important to me that my local hospital be able to create a safe and compassionate environment for their patients and providers. Through their funding of the Gender Equity Internship, CLF hopes to create and foster partnerships between local college students and the medical center. Interns employed through this internship will learn about the healthcare system and how to effectively integrate diversity and inclusion. My hope is that the Gender Equity Internship will allow both the intern and Monmouth Medical Center to continue evolving in their healthcare knowledge and skills regarding the LGBTQ+ population. I look forward to seeing how the MMC will maximize their impact and increase their outreach.”

Maja Meighan, AVP at Monmouth Medical Center, is inspired by the donation and the work and education that the grant will allow. “It shouldn’t matter if a person is gay, straight, black, white, transgender or bisexual. The Gender Equity Internship will aid in making necessary change. We are grateful to the Charles Lafitte Foundation for the resources the grant will provide to the LBGTQ+ program at MMC.”

The Charles Lafitte Foundation (CLF) supports innovative and effective ways of helping people help themselves and others around them to achieve healthy, satisfying and enriched lives. The Foundation supports organizations working in four main areas: education, children’s advocacy, medical research & issues, and the arts. To learn more about CLF, visit: www.charleslafitte.org

To learn more about Monmouth Medical Center Foundation and their work visit: http://www.barnabashealth.org/Monmouth-Medical-Center.aspx


Fall 2017 Essay Contest – Bullying Prevention Month

Extended! Summer 2017 Essay Deadline

Back to school is a busy time! Therefore, we have decided to extend the deadline for our Summer 2017 essay contest until September 15th! We can’t wait to read your essay and remember, the winning essay receives $1,000 for their school library AND a personal kindle! What a great way to start the school year!

Meet Rosie!

Rosie is our current sponsored puppy through the Puppies Behind Bars (PBB) program. We will be tracking and posting Rosie’s progress through her training program at Otisville Correctional Facility in New York. We will be receiving updates from her trainer, an inmate at the correctional facility. We are excited to see how she progresses and will hopefully become an exceptional service dog to a wounded veteran!

In July 2017, we received the following letter from her trainer:

To learn more about our partnership with the Puppies Behind Bars program, visit our impact story here: http://charleslafitte.org/impact/stories/puppies-behind-bars-2/

CLF raises $20K for the International OCD Foundation

Earlier this month, CLF walked for the International OCD Foundation in their 1 Million Steps 4 OCD walk and raised nearly $20K! Founders Suzanne and Jeffrey Citron, learned of this walk from their daughter, Kyra. Kyra has struggled with OCD since the 7th grade. OCD has impacted the entire family, as mental illness is never fought alone. The 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk is an annual grassroots awareness-building and fundraising event to support the work of the Internatinoal OCD Foundation (IOCDF) to help individuals with OCD and related disorders live full and productive lives. Thank you to everyone who helped support Kya and this wonderful cause!


Summer 2017 Essay Contest

CLF donates $10K to SAY

The Charles Lafitte Foundation proudly announces their $10K gift to SAY: The Stuttering Association for the Young.

Over 70 million people stutter on a daily basis, including 5% of all children. Young people who stutter often face unimaginable fear and cruelty from a world that doesn’t understand them. Over time, they may recoil from the world, silencing themselves to hide their stutter, embarrassment and shame. Young people who stutter may also feel incredibly isolated and a…lone, and many face daily ridicule, teasing and bullying.

Since 2001, SAY has offered comprehensive, innovative programs that address the physical, social and emotional impacts of stuttering. Supporting SAY makes things possible in the life a child who stutters. Transformation occurs when children who stutter develop the self-confidence, lasting friendships and support they need to express themselves fully and follow their dreams. SAY believes that every young person who stutters has a voice that matters and it is a voice that deserves to be heard.

To learn more visit, www.say.org


Place of Hope Receives $75,000 Multi-Year Grant from CLF

Representatives from Charles Lafitte Foundation and Place of Hope, December 2016

Place of Hope was the recent recipient of a $75,000 multi-year grant from the Charles Lafitte Foundation.

Located in Palm Beach Gardens, FLA., Place of Hope is a unique, state-licensed children’s organization providing emergency and long-term, family-style foster care. The dedicated staff provides family outreach and intervention, maternity care, safety for victims of domestic minor sex trafficking, transitional housing and support services, and foster care recruitment and support.

CLF is proud to partner with this wonderful organization to better the lives of abused, abandoned, neglected and exploited youth in Florida.

To learn more about Place of Hope, visit www.placeofhope.com

Enter Our Spring 2017 Essay Contest!

Charles Lafitte Foundation’s Charity Golf Classic raises $1,000,000 for Count Basie Theatre

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