Huntington Hospital Emergency Department Grand Opening

In 2016, Huntington Hospital celebrated its 100th anniversary with the opening of an expanded, ultramodern emergency department. Emergency services are critical to the region — Huntington Hospital sees almost 60,000 emergency patients each year. Huntington Hospital’s mission is to improve the health and quality of life for the people and communities it serves by providing world-class service and patient-centered care. The completion of the new emergency department and other facility improvements, along with program and service growth, are vital to this mission. The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation supports Huntington Hospital’s efforts to provide the highest level of care and research that leads to life-saving medical breakthroughs. Click here for more information Huntington Hospital


The 14th Annual Woobury Ball for Autism Honors Peter J. Klein

On Thursday, April 20, 2017, the 14th Annual Woodbury Ball for Autism, hosted by Woodbury Magazine, will honor select Long Island leaders recognizing their contributions to their respective nonprofits that work with people with special needs.  Peter J. Klein, President of the Claire Friedlander Family Foundation, is a Champion of the Life’s WORC Family Center for Autism. The support made from Peter Klein and the foundation are making it possible for many economically challenged families with a loved one on the spectrum to participate in programs at the FCA. These donations also made it possible to engage school districts on Long Island to call attention to the bullying of people with special needs. For more information about Life’s WORC visit  For event details  Click here for information on Woodbury Ball


T1D Exchange Making Strides for Diabetics

The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation is supporting the T1D Exchange, a nonprofit organization founded on the belief that people affected by type 1 diabetes (t1d) need better solutions faster – better treatments and better care. T1D Exchange takes an innovative approach that puts the community of people touched by type 1 diabetes at the center of research that will meaningfully impact their lives. Their integrated model offers researchers access to aggregated clinical, biological, patient-reported data, all while fostering collaboration among patients, physicians, researchers and industry.

T1D Exchange’s mission to accelerate therapies and improve care for people with type 1 diabetes guides them to find solutions to improve type 1 diabetes outcomes in many ways. Our strong connection to the community helps inform how we invest our resources to advance innovation in better treatments, devices and solutions – targeted to what people living with T1D really need and want.

T1D Exchange has made improvements that support the growth and engagement of their online community platform Glu (, which offers education, peer-to-peer support and the opportunity for people touched by type 1 diabetes to participate in research activities. Glu is a core component of their patient-centered research initiative. Since receiving the Claire Friedlander Family Foundation grant, T1D Exchange has added approximately 7,000 new participants into this community, which today is at 20,000.  Their goal is to reach 25,000 by the end of 2018.

Financial support contributed by The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation has enabled T1D Exchange to develop new content strategies that have helped them reach and engage a broader population of people affected by type 1 diabetes and lead them back to Glu. When they join the community, it provides ongoing opportunities to engage them with educational and research activities. The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation is proud to support T1D’s mssion so they can further enhance the resources necessary to provide greater positive impact on outcomes in the T1D community. For more information visit

YouTube T1D Exchange: Creating A Worry Free Life


Chaminade’s Science, Technology & Research Center

The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation has made a grant to Chaminade High School in Mineola, NY, to support the development of their new Science, Technology, and Research Center. Scheduled for completion in December 2017, the Center will house new state-of-the-art Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics labs featuring the latest technologies.  A research lab will provide students with a space to study human and translatable science.  The Center’s rooftop will serve as an “outdoor classroom” for meteorological and astronomical observation.  The only high school building of its kind in the New York metropolitan area, and one of the first in the nation, the Center promises to prepare Chaminade students to meet the needs of a competitive workforce that demands minds with a thorough understanding of science, technology, and research.

Chaminade High School is a Catholic school for young men on Long Island.  Its 1,700 students follow a rigorous college-preparatory, liberal-arts curriculum in an atmosphere that emphasizes the development of Christian community and education of the heart.  Chaminade combines proven methods of tradition with modern educational advances to provide students with a rich, qualitative academic experience.

Founded in 1930 by the Society of Mary, the Marianists, Chaminade is staffed by Marianist brothers and priests as well as lay men and women.  100% of Chaminade graduates attend colleges, universities, prep schools, and service academies.  The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation is proud to assist Chaminade in preparing young minds for the future. For more information, visit


Waterkeeper Alliance Working for Clean Water Worldwide

The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation is proud to support Waterkeeper Alliance, a nonprofit whose mission is to strengthen and grow a global network of grassroots leaders protecting everyone’s right to clean water. Waterkeeper Alliance is the largest and fastest-growing nonprofit that’s solely focused on clean water. It unites a global network of over 300 Waterkeeper Organizations and Affiliates, holding polluters accountable and protecting rivers, lakes and coastal waterways on six continents. Their goal is to insure drinkable, fishable, swimmable water worldwide.

Waterkeeper Alliance’s story started in 1966 when commercial and recreational fishermen, many of them veterans, united to save their river and formed the Hudson River Fishermen’s Association. These fishermen recognized that outspoken, citizen-led advocacy was the only way to ensure that laws were enforced and their river, livelihood and the health of their families were protected. They took on many of the nation’s biggest industrial polluters and won.

In 1983, they hired the first full-time Hudson Riverkeeper to patrol the river, to restore its abundant fisheries and to lead citizen-based enforcement of environmental laws. Since those early days, Hudson Riverkeeper has brought hundreds of polluters to justice and forced them to spend hundreds of millions of dollars restoring the Hudson to health. Their success spurred an explosive growth of similar grassroots programs across the globe, and in 1999 Waterkeeper Alliance was founded to support these programs.

Today, Waterkeeper Alliance is made up of over 300 Waterkeeper Organizations and Affiliates protecting rivers, lakes and coastal waterways on 6 continents. The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation is proud to be part of the global network of organizations who support their vision for clean water and strong communities.

For more information visit

Long Island’s Best: Young Artists at The Heckscher Museum

The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation is a proud supporter of The Heckscher Museum of Art’s K-12 arts education programs that reach students in nearly 70 percent of Long Island school districts. This past year, over 7,000 students participated in learning experiences that utilize original works of art to ignite each student’s curiosity and imagination, foster creative and critical thinking skills, build vocabulary, and promote collaboration and the exchange of ideas. Educational content aligns with New York State Common Core Learning Standards, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) multidisciplinary curriculum.The Heckscher Museum is especially dedicated to collaborating with school districts that have a high percentage of students enrolled in free or reduced price lunch programs.

Long Island’s Best: Young Artists at The Heckscher Museum is the centerpiece of programs offered for grades 9-12. Long Island’s Best spans the school year, beginning in September and culminates with the Museum’s month-long juried exhibition of student artwork the following spring. Long Island’s Best substantially increases opportunities for students to discover, explore, advance, and gain recognition for their cognitive and creative skills.

The number of participating high schools in Suffolk and Nassau Counties has grown to 57. For the Spring 2016 Long Island’s Best juried competition, the Museum received a record number of 357 entries. Through the juried process, 83 works were selected for exhibition.

The Long Island’s Best exhibition is professionally presented in the Museum’s galleries and is accompanied by the publication of a full-color exhibition publication. The Heckscher Museum’s website,, is home to the exhibition page, and the Museum’s social media pages are used to share these amazing works with broad audiences. Inclusion in the Long Island’s Best exhibition is a prestigious accomplishment for students. For many young people, the experience is life changing.

The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation is an important partner in the Museum’s mission to promote arts education for young people.



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