The Julia Anne Kirsch Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is dedicated to improving the lives of those with significant developmental disabilities and their families. The Foundation honors the memory of a very special girl, Julia Anne Kirsch, who had multiple disabilities and faced many medical challenges. It was through Julia that her parents, Teri and Cliff, became aware of the real challenges and barriers that the disabled and their families face every day of their lives. It was also through Julia that they learned of the special potential each individual holds and that they and their families can lead a full and happy life.
The Foundation is proud to sponsor an on-going series of healthy cooking classes for disabled adults. Chef Joel Schenzeit, executive chef of Grange in Westwood and former owner of Joel’s Malibu Kitchen in Ridgewood, teaches simple, healthy meal preparation in a fun and festive environment. We . . .
We thank the Immaculate Heart Academy, who hosted The Games, an annual high school girls basketball tournament. Proceeds from this year’s event were donated to the Foundation. We very much appreciate everyone’s generosity! . . .
The Foundation extends a huge thank you to Diane B. Henriques and Andrew “Buddy” Donouhe for leading a fascinating discussion last night about Henriques’s book, the Wizard of Lies, which tells the true story behind Bernie Madoff’s lies. The evening featured a cocktail party and lively discussion. We . . .
The Foundation helped support a ballet program at a Bergen County school for students with multiple disabilities. It’s so wonderful to see the joy on the children’s faces as they perform! . . .