12-06-17 Guests Barbara Saltzman & Wendy Fachon
Give as a gift for the holidays and an ill child receives the same!!
Special Offer until December 31, 2017 from The Jester & Pharley Phund and President Barbara Saltzman:
Buy David Saltzman’s illustrated children’s book The Jester Has Lost His Jingle or Jester & Pharley Doll on their website and The Jester & Pharley Phund will match it and give to a child at a New England Hospital.
Call 1-800-9 JESTER
Founded in 2000, the non-profit The Jester & Pharley Phund developed from the overwhelming national response to David Saltzman’s illustrated children’s book The Jester Has Lost His Jingle.
This year, The Jester celebrates its 22nd anniversary, with more than 330,000 books in circulation.
The Jester was David’s senior project at Yale. Before his death from cancer at 22 in 1990, his family promised him that his book would be published as he envisioned it and that its universal message of hope, laughter and self-empowerment would be shared with children coping with cancer and other illness.
The Jester & Pharley PHund has received many awards and honors for its programs benefiting ill children and literacy.
Phund Accomplishments Include:
●189,000 Jester books and dolls donated
●51 Jester & Pharley Smile Carts in hospitals, shelters nationwide
●263-plus schools participating in Jester Read-A-Thons to help young patients
●45 million pages read by students to help ill children
Neil Fachon~ The Student Leadership Training Program (SLTP) has used The Jester to inspire teens since it began over 25 years ago. Neil was one of several SLTP alumni who volunteered to run the Phund’s Reading to Give Program in the East Greenwich Schools. Neil planned meetings, worked on the paperwork and helped thread the beaded jingle bells given to each participant as a way to keep a reminder of the Jester and his joyful spirit. Neil added funny voices for Pharley to make the story come alive for his young listeners. Neil helped raise money for the gift he never knew would one day inspire him to fight cancer himself. Neil passed away from cancer this past year at age 20.
Barbara Saltzman President is filled with such energy that she is an inspiration to listen to and watch. The mother of author-illustrator David Saltzman has worked tirelessly to bring her son’s book to children and adults across the country — first publishing the book and now telling the world about it. The guiding light behind The Jester & Pharley Phund, The Jester’s Mom has traveled the country inspiring children and helping youngsters realize that it’s up to them to make a difference, it’s up to them to care. An honor graduate of the University of Southern California School of Journalism, Barbara was an editor at the Los Angeles Times before publishing her son’s book and overseeing the creation of The Phund. In schools and hospitals, auditoriums and libraries, bookstores and business conference rooms Barbara is a sought-after inspirational speaker. It doesn’t matter if she’s reading The Jester to students or to children undergoing chemo or to teachers looking for new ways to motivate students…