Shine Bright: A Beautiful Night Celebrating Our Volunteers

In 1994 Friendship Circle started with 8 volunteers and 4 families. Now, 20 years later, Friendship Circle helps over 300 families supported by over 800 volunteers of the Morrie and Sybil Fenkell Volunteer Club On May 13th Friendship Circle held it’s annual volunteer recognition entitled Shine Bright. Families, Supporters, Friendship Circle staff and parents of volunteers came together to express our sincerest thanks to the amazing volunteers who have put so much effort into creating special friendships with their buddies.

The Event

The event opened with with an original performance by Friendship Circle’s Music and Drama program entitled “G-d is Everywhere.”

Bassie Shemtov, Director of Friendship Circle, thanked each and every volunteer in the audience for being the strength for the children of Friendship Circle and showing them unconditional love.

Alumna volunteer, Jordan Shiffman, and her first Friendship Circle buddy Stephanie Harris shared their story of friendship that has been going strong for the last 13 years. It survived her cross country move and back. They are the epitome of the love shared at Friendship Circle.

 

The night ended with an inspirational and unforgettable performance by Christopher Duffley, a 12-year old singer from New Hampshire. He was born blind and Autistic, but that has not slowed him down one bit. Christopher brought the house to tears with his acapella rendition of “Lean on Me.” Christopher embodies everything that Friendship Circle stands for: inclusion, strength, and love.

 

Christopher Duffley’s Performance

Pictures from Shine Bright

Christopher Duffley’s Performance on Channel 4

For media inquiries, please contact Melanie Barnett at [email protected].
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