Grant for Powerful New Genome Sequencer at Cold Spring Harbor Labs

The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation recently pledged a very generous grant for a powerful new genome sequencer located at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s (CSHL) Genome Center. CSHL is a world-renowned, private research and science education institution with more than 50 labs focused on cancer, neuroscience, quantitative biology, and bioinformatics & Genomics and plant biology.

Scientific interaction and exchange of new ideas within the institution’s research community is enhanced by shared resources and a robust Meeting and Courses program that attracts approximately 9,850 scientists from around the world each year to CSHL facilities on Long Island.  A new meeting venue in China attracts an additional 2,650 participants.

Peter Klein, President of the Claire Friedlander Family Foundation, credits his formative years as a student at Bronx High School of Science with his continued interest in the potential of scientific research.     “My years at Bronx Science taught me to work in a team as well as how to manage time, which I had very little of, and sparked my intellectual curiosity which today continues with my amazement by scientific advances.”

Mr. Klein joined the Laboratory’s President’s Council in 2013 and was struck by lectures on genomics technology advancements behind the promise of personalized medicine.  These advances now influence his philanthropy as well as his work as a wealth manager.   The Foundation’s mission is somewhat broad but always focused on making a difference.  It aims not only to provide financial support, but to invest in its grantees by encouraging collaborations, growing new relationships and bringing new resources to the table.  Mr. Klein also provides his business acumen to assist in further development where needed.

CSHL stands out among the many excellent causes supported by the Foundation because as Mr. Klein noted, “As the old saying goes, the Lab had us at ‘hello’.”  When he and his wife Irene, Vice-President of the Foundation, first attended an event at the Lab, they knew “it was a special place with highly engaged, brilliant folks doing impassioned work,” and they wanted to help.  What impresses each of them most of all are the people.  “The people are the most important assets of any knowledge-based enterprise, which is very much the case at Cold Spring Harbor Lab.”

For more information visit CSHL website



Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation Award


Peter J. Klein, CFA, Managing Director and Partner, HighTower Advisors and President of The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation, Huntington, NY, was honored by the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation (LIAF) with the “Outstanding Philanthropic Achievement Award” at LIAF’s Making Memories: Cocktails & Casino Night.  The event, held recently at Carlyle on the Green, Bethpage, NY, also recognized Gary L. Bernardini, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Neurology, Chairman, Department of Neurology, New York-Presbyterian/Queens and Vice-Chair, Department of Neurology, Weill Cornell Medical College, with the “Outstanding Physician Award.

Proceeds from the event will benefit LIAF’s Memory Fitness Center as well as its mission in improving the quality of life for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and related memory disorders along with their caregivers.

“The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation is proud to support LIAF as they offer innovative programs to help those struggling with Alzheimer’s disease and also focus on providing important respite programs for their caregivers,” said Klein.

As President of the Claire Friedlander Family Foundation, Klein oversees the grant making process to some of Long Island’s most worthy organizations.  With significant contributions in the area of tolerance education and Holocaust remembrance, the foundation has also adopted a multi-faceted platform of supporting nonprofit, charitable organizations in the fields of fine arts, healthcare, education and pets and wildlife; all causes and passions near to the late Claire Friedlander’s heart.

For 25 years, LIAF, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, has provided supportive community-based services to Alzheimer’s families on Long Island. LIAF has been a pioneering leader in the development of innovative and effective services that foster the independence, dignity, well-being and safety of individuals with Alzheimer’s, thus aiding in the prevention of premature nursing home placement. Its programs offer help and hope for families grappling with Alzheimer’s disease while providing support for their caregivers. For information about LIAF programs and services visit


YMCA College-Bound Counselors & Campers Awarded

The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation recently awarded three college-bound YMCA of Long Island camp counselors $2,500 each for exemplifying Claire Friedlander’s legacy of helping others, showing kindness to all and instilling hope in the midst of difficulty.

Delanna Richardson, Joshua Kaplan and Michael Wegmann received their awards at a ceremony held at the YMCA in Huntington, NY.

The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation is focused on investing in nonprofit organizations and initiatives that promote kindness and help enhance the quality of life for others. In addition to awarding grants to the three award recipients, the Claire Friedlander Family Foundation also gifted the Huntington YMCA $7,500 to underwrite the final week of camp for 20 local Huntington Station campers who are entering grades Kindergarten through third.

“We are thrilled to partner with the YMCA of Long Island and to award these select college-bound counselors, who are wonderful community leaders in their own right and who demonstrate the willingness to care for others,” said Peter Klein, President of the Claire Friedlander Family Foundation and Managing Director/Partner of Klein Wealth Management. “We wish these individuals the best and are so honored to invest in their futures.”

The Summer Camp at the Huntington YMCA creates the opportunity for youth to benefit from academic enrichment while participating in fun camp activities. Programs offered at the Summer Camp at the Huntington YMCA include Capital One Y Readers, which provides every camper the opportunity to read a book of their choice for thirty minutes each day. In addition, the Summer Camp at the Huntington YMCA features exciting, interactive workshops focusing on Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM). The YMCA of Long Island provides youth with developmentally appropriate programming founded on the principles of the Y-USA Youth Development Roadmap. For more information visit




Long Island Imagine Awards Announces The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation Award for Arts & Culture


The Cerini & Associates LLP 5th Annual Long Island Imagine Awards is a nonprofit grant competition that awards $5,000 to 501c3 organizations who apply in the following categories: Social Impact, Social Entrepreneurism, Innovation, Leadership Excellence, Rising Star and a new category – Arts & Culture.  The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation has been a proud supporter of the Long Island Imagine Awards since it’s inception and we have decided to sponsor the Arts & Culture category to shine a spotlight on the region’s hard working creative organizations. This award is available to any arts and/or cultural organization that has had a significant impact on Long Island.  This includes organizations that have had a significant, measurable impact on their community, developed new and/or innovative programming, developed effective fee-generating programs, or have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their artistic and/or cultural field.

Applications are are due by Monday, November 28th and are available by visiting




Aleta Thomas was the second place winner of an essay competition sponsored by, Life’s WORC ( and The Family Center For Autism ( in Garden City, New York together with The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation (Huntington, New York).  There were 148 high school students from public and private schools in Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk who addressed:  WHY AUTISTIC AND DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED PEOPLE BECOME TARGETS OF BULLIES, AND HOW CAN MY SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY PREVENT IT?

Thomas, a tenth grade student at Herrick’s High School, submitted the following winning essay which highlights the importance of volunteering as a way to foster a sense of empathy and community in our youth.

Aleta Thomas, Herricks High School

Why Autistic and Developmentally Disabled Individuals Become Targets of Bullies, and How Can My School and Community Prevent It?

I lean over the table, explaining to Julia the basics of chess, emphasizing that she cannot just knock all my pieces down even when she is losing. Volunteering at the after-school recreation program in my local elementary school, which about fifty students are part of, I am usually not surprised when the supervising adults in the room have to raise their voices to discipline the tired, distracted children.

However it was a very quiet Thursday evening in the large cafeteria when Mrs. C barked from across the room, “Boys, stop that right now! Not appropriate! Not appropriate at all!” By the time I turned around, two fifth-graders were slinking away from Josh, an enthusiastic fifth grader who had some form of autism. Eyewitness accounts from the third-graders nearby confirmed that the boys were mocking Josh by imitating him. It all seemed wrong to me. I worked with those boys every day; they were not bullies. When I pried them for the reasons for their actions, one boy innocently asked me, “What is wrong with Josh?” Nothing is wrong with Josh. He has a disorder called autism. “What is autism?” It shocked me that two well-educated fifth-graders had no clue of the developmental disorder which affects 1 in 68 children throughout the world. Autistic and developmentally disabled individuals become targets as a result of the ignorance of people who attack others, knowingly or not, based on their differences.

The flower of knowledge can be the root of peace in situations where ignorance can destroy the livelihood of a group of people. The school community should better educate younger kids on developmental disorders like autism, because exposure to knowledge destroys the film of ignorance. School assemblies, class discussions, and visits by public officials can all grab the attention of kids to this situation.

Also, encouraging teenagers and tweens to volunteer and help out at community events and programs will foster a sense of empathy in the community. The impenetrable glue that binds a community together can be found at the heart of every children’s program. Over the course of my high school career, I’ve completed over 180 community service hours by helping out at local public institutions.

For example, I volunteer at a Special Needs Catechism program at my local church, and this opportunity has taught me that every child is special and has the right to learn and grow. Over the summer, young adults should be pushed to volunteer and provide services at summer camps intended for autistic and developmentally disabled children. This summer, I have been accepted by the Hofstra REACH program to be a volunteer and aide. These kinds of actions taken by young adults can help prevent bullying and out casting of autistic individuals.







Peter J. Klein to be honored by Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation

The Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation (LIAF) is pleased to honor Peter J. Klein, President, The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation, with the “Outstanding Philanthropic Achievement” Award at their annual awards event Making Memories: Cocktails & Casino Night on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 6:30pm at Carlyle on the Green, Bethpage, NY.   The evening’s festivities will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, buffet dinner, casino and prizes.  Funds raised will support LIAF’s mission to help improve the quality of life for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and related memory disorders, and their caregivers. For more than 25 years, LIAF has been providing supportive community-based services to Alzheimer’s families on Long Island. LIAF takes considerable pride in its pioneering role in the development of cutting edge services that foster the independence, dignity, well-being and safety of individuals with Alzheimer’s, thus aiding in the prevention of premature nursing home placement. LIAF’s programs offer help and hope for families grappling with Alzheimer’s disease.

“I am pleased and very honored to represent the Claire Friedlander Family Foundation and be recognized by LIAF. We are proud to support their numerous programs for patients and caregivers on Long Island and in Queens,” said Klein.  “LIAF has a deep impact on families struggling with Alzheimer’s and I look forward to a successful and fun Making Memories event.”

For information on tickets and sponsorships and to learn more about LIAF visit or contact



Essay Contest Winner Announced!

Congratulations go to Ryan Harvey as the first place winner of an essay competition sponsored by, Life’s WORC ( and The Family Center For Autism ( in Garden City, New York together with The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation (Huntington, New York).  148 high school students from public and private schools in Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk submitted essays that addressed:  WHY AUTISTIC AND DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED PEOPLE BECOME TARGETS OF BULLIES, AND HOW CAN MY SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY PREVENT IT?

Harvey, a ninth grade student at The Village School of Great Neck, is a 14-year-old with high-functioning Autism who was targeted by his peers for being different from them, causing him to eventually transfer to the Village School in Great Neck as an escape. In his essay, Ryan explained how communities can prevent autistic and developmentally disabled people from being bullied.

Ryan Harvey, The Village School of Great Neck

My name is Ryan Harvey and I am 14 years old. I have a diagnosis of high- functioning Autism. I also have a brother with severe autism. I have spent most of my life trying to fit in. I have always felt different and left out. When people made fun of me, I pretended to be with okay with it, but it killed me inside, slowly but surely chipping away at my self-esteem. My appearance  (an arachnoid cyst and hydrocephaly making my head appear larger), my lack of athletic ability (low muscle tone), my sensitivity( a side effect of my autism where I take things very literally), and lack of social awareness, made me a prime target for many years. I have always been a protector and supporter of my brother Luke who does not speak and needs help in all aspect of his life. My heart hurts when I think of the suffering that he may be enduring, but is unable to report because he is non-verbal.

In 9th grade. I hit an all-time low. High school was a nightmare. People laughed at me, and mocked my physical appearance, and diagnosis of autism. They called me a loser and told me I was weird because of my difference in interests. This made me feel hopeless and helpless. When my mom tried to help and report these incidents to the school, we were told that maybe I was being “too sensitive”. Their advice was to skip lunch period and go to study hall instead to avoid the bullies. I was also told to avoid certain hallways so I would not come in contact with the bullies, making my life harder and I would sometimes be late to class because of this. The victim was punished instead of the perpetrator.

Finally, when I was targeted on social media, I knew I could never go back. I became so desperate that I came up with a plan to end my pain. I was going to jump off the roof of the high school. Luckily, I shared this feeling with my family and private counselor. I was hospitalized for two weeks and ultimately transferred to an alternative school. I started feeling healthy again and finally like I mattered. The Village School changed my life.

My advice to my high school is to look at us as contributing members of the school system. We have so much to offer, but we need your help. When bullying is reported, it should be taken seriously and not disregarded. It is important that you let students know that you care about their well-being. Please let the bullies know that is not okay to prey on those who are different. In words of Temple Grandin- an adult autistic individual who is an advocate for the autism community- “we are different, not less”.

I believe that some type of social-emotional learning should be incorporated into the curriculum at schools. Empathy can be taught the “second step” program. Activities such as Challenge Day (a one day workshop to promote acceptance and unite students) should be mandatory and assemblies like “Ryan’s Story” (chillingly about a boy with the same name as me who committed due to the bullying he endured in his school) should be shown. Students need to see what the effects of bullying looks like. Social skills groups facilitated by the school social worker may be effective as well. All school staff should be well-versed in and in compliance with the Dignity Act, as it is now a law that states that all students are entitled to a school environment that is free of harassment and bullying.

I know this will be an uphill battle, as there are many bullies out there, but if given the chance, we just may change the world. I feel very fortunate to have gotten out of the path of my bullies, but so many off us do not. People like my brother, and maybe even people like you. We look for adults to look out for us. If they don’t, who will? Take the leap, make the change. I promise you won’t regret it.


Ryan Harvey: a voice for those who cannot speak.







The Bronx High School of Science

The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation proudly supports the Bronx High School of Science. Often cited as the most renowned high school in America, The Bronx High School of Science educates an academically gifted community of learners through a rigorous Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum. All academic disciplines are taught through the lens of inquiry to emphasize critical thinking and problem solving. Bronx Science creates a diverse community of lifelong learners who discover their passions through a collaborative and supportive network of students, educators and alumni.

Students explore complex problems and have access to a rich offering of resources to develop solutions. Drawing upon a long tradition of academic success, The Bronx High School of Science prepares students to flourish in the best colleges and universities. They create the leaders and visionaries of the future. The Bronx Science Endowment Fund, Inc., exists as the development arm of the school and strives to provide the resources for the school to enhance its curriculum, facilities and experiential education programs.


The Italian Language Foundation

The Italian Language Foundation (ILF) is dedicated to promoting and sustaining Italian language education in the United States and supporting the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) program in Italian Language and Culture. The Foundation is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation qualified by the Internal Revenue Service to receive tax deductible contributions.

The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation supports the Italian Language Foundation as it’s efforts have resulted in the addition of AP Italian to the College Board AP Language Program in 2005. Thanks to the dedication and intervention of Mrs. Matilda Raffa Cuomo and Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D.,  Italian was the first new AP Language Program to be offered in 50 years, thus allowing  committed young men and women to earn college credit or advanced standing for their high school work that can help students graduate early from some colleges and universities. Early graduation saves them or their families thousands of dollars in tuition fees. AP courses are offered in cities and towns across the country, providing students who may never travel overseas exposure to Italy’s great language and culture. To learn more about the Italian Language Foundation visit




The Barton Center for Diabetes Education

The Barton Center for Diabetes Education, Inc. is one of the largest, independent camping and educational programs in the country dedicated to children who live with diabetes and the people who care for them. More than 2,000 children and their families participate in their programs each year. The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation is pleased to support the Barton Center’s mission which is to improve the lives of children with insulin-dependent diabetes through education, recreation, and support programs which inspire and empower.

The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation presented a grant to The Barton Center that will provide financial assistance for children, ages 3-18 with type 1 diabetes, from low-income families to participate in our resident and day camps as well as funding to offset the cost of medical supplies that are no longer being donated.  Additionally, funding from this grant has helped them to establish a scholarship in honor of Claire Friedlander to be awarded to qualified summer staff members who work extremely long hours throughout the summer providing “good deeds” as symbolized by the pomegranate logo of The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation.