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Westchester Collaborative Theater (WCT) continues it’s 2017 Play Reading Series with PRS3: August Reading of Monologues

 Ossining, NY – On Friday, August 11th, Westchester Collaborative Theater (WCT) presents its third 2017 Play Reading Series with PRS3: August Monologues: Barefoot in the Box, nine new pieces directed by stage, screen and TV professional and acting coach Bob Rogerson. Grit, longing and lies abound in this intriguing mix of comedy and drama that reveals the dark and lighter sides of the human experience. The pieces have all been developed and dramaturged through WCT’s ongoing lab workshop process where member actors and writers bring new pieces to life.

The production runs evenings Friday and Saturday, August 11 and 12 at 8pm, plus matinees Saturday, August 12 at 2pm and Sunday, August 13 at 3 pm at WCT’s new performance space at 23 Water Street, Ossining, NY, next to the train station.  The Sunday matinee will be followed by a talk-back with the playwrights and director.   Tickets are $15 for general admission with discounts available for WCT members, seniors, students and groups of 4+.  Limited seating; advance purchase is suggested.  Purchase tickets online at

The production, includes:

Over Easy by Natalie Bates: When Larry left his wife in a fit of anger, he didn’t realize just how much he’d miss her – and a special talent only she possesses.

Counting Fingers by Linda Bidwell Delaney: When Marie tells of an argument with her son, many long-held secrets are revealed.

Sylvie’s Song by Carol Mark​: A smoky speakeasy in Harlem is an unlikely place to find redemption – but that’s the power of the blues, though even the blues can’t heal every wound.

The Dancing Girl on the 4 Train by Evelyn Mertens: A woman on a disabled New York City subway heading uptown takes an inward journey as she tries to come to terms with her faithless lover and the self she longs to be.

By Sand or Sea by Pat O’Neill: A man struggles against the tides of his life.

Alibaster, the Man or the Child by Matt Silver: When a developmentally challenged man is left home alone, he plans five activities of fun that mother would never approve of.

Inside & Out by Misha Sinclair:  When the world gives you oranges, you make apple juice.

Words of a Bitten Girl by E.M. Tustian:​ A college student, sitting on a bench by a lake on campus, ponders her encounter with a mischievous squirrel.

It’s Just a Number by Jane Ann Valentine: A man contemplates his betrothed and wonders: Is there such a thing as unconditional love?


Just Announced!–Jazz Masters: Ray Blue Organ Trio, Internationally Known Tenor Sax Player

Joins with Duet to Perform at WCT Performance Space in Ossining August 19

Ossining, NY – Westchester Collaborative Theater (WCT) continues its Jazz Masters program with the Ray Blue Organ Trio, featuring world-renowned tenor saxophonist Ray Blue of Peekskill, a New York Blues Hall of Fame inductee who has toured extensively throughout Europe, Asia and Africa. Ray and his trio will perform at WCT’s space at 23 Water St. in Ossining on Saturday, August 19 at 8 pm. Saxophonist, composer, arranger and educator Blue, who has appeared at “Africa’s Grandest Gathering,” the prestigious Cape Town International Festival, will share the stage with organist Jared Gold and drummer Dwayne “Cook” Broadnax.

Tickets for the concert are $15. Purchase them online at WCT’s website: (limited seating available; advance purchase is strongly recommended.) Refreshments will be available for sale.

Blue has been honored with the Iowa Juneteenth Jazz Legacy Award, the Arts Education Award, and with Peekskill Middle School’s Living Legacy Award. He is the founder of Cross-Cultural Connection, Inc. a non-profit organization that promotes jazz culture, performance and education.

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The Hound of the Baskervilles Regular Production


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Contact: Alan Lutwin (914) 263-4953


Evelyn Mertens (914) 762-6429


Westchester Collaborative Theater (WCT) Performance Space

Opens Its Doors to Community:

Open House-Saturday, April 8, 11:00am to 2:00pm

Open Houses for residents of Ossining and neighboring towns offer talks and tours exploring WCT’s new Performance Space at 23 Water St. in Ossining

Ossining, NY – On Saturday morning, April 8th, from 11:00 am until 2:00pm, Westchester Collaborative Theater (WCT) will host a Community Open House to introduce its new Performance Space located at 23 Water Street in Ossining to residents of Ossining and neighboring towns. Visitors are invited to arrive at 11:00 and 12:00 to hear talks about the history and future plans of WCT and the Performance Space and to participate in sample theater art classes that will be offered at the venue later this spring. The Performance Space will remain open to the public until 2:00pm for anyone wishing to stop by for information. A final Open House will take place on Saturday, May 13th.

The Community Open Houses are designed to introduce residents to WCT’s ‘black box’ space. Previously housing a cabinet-making factory, the space has been fully renovated throughout the past year and transformed into an intimate performing arts space that has retained much of its original “industrial” look. The new home to all WCT theater performances and other events, the Performance Space will also be available to local artists, musicians, and other theater groups throughout the Lower Hudson Valley for year-round entertainment. Area residents may also rent the space for private functions.

For a full schedule of the show and information about the Westchester Collaborative Theater, visit

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The Westchester Collaborative Theater (WCT) Performance Space Opens Its Doors with the World Premiere of Lot’s Wife by Albi Gorn

A stirring new play tells the saga of one family’s struggle to find salvation in a world rife with hate. Opening night March 3; weekends through March 25

Ossining, NY – On Friday, March 3, the Westchester Collaborative Theater’s new WCT Performance Space will open its doors for the first time with the world premiere of Lot’s Wife, a provocative new play by award-winning playwright Albi Gorn. The inaugural production in WCT’s newly acquired and renovated space at 23 Water Street in Ossining, the play retells the biblical saga of Lot, his family and their struggle to save Sodom by finding ten devout souls who will prevent God’s wrath from destroying the city. Lot’s Wife runs over four consecutive weekends through Saturday, March 25th.  WCT Executive Producer Karina Ramsey is directing the mainstage production.

The ensemble of WCT actors performing in Lot’s Wife includes: Michelle Daneshvar, Justina Dieck, Jason Fineberg, Julie Griffin, Donna James, Jessica Hickey, Kurt Lauer, Pat O’Neill, Ron Schnittker and Ralph Vandamme.

Gorn credits WCT for bringing the piece to fruition since it was developed and dramaturged through WCT’s ongoing workshop process that enables member actors and writers to bring new pieces to life.

Lot’s Wife will be performed at the new WCT Performance Space, 23 Water Street in Ossining, NY with evening performances at 8pm on Friday March 3, 10, 17 and 24; Saturday March 4, 11, and 25; and Thursday March 16. Matinee performances will run Saturday March 11, 18 and 25 at 2pm and Sunday March 5, 12 and 19 at 3pm. Talkback sessions with the playwright and cast will follow the matinee performances on Sunday March 12 at 3pm and Saturday March 25 at 2pm.

Limited seating available; advance purchase is strongly suggested.  Tickets are $25 general admission with discounts available for WCT/OAC members, seniors, students and groups of 5+. Tickets for opening night March 3, which includes an after-party, are $40.  All tickets are available for purchase online at

The WCT Performance Space will feature year-round entertainment at its new venue including some of the Hudson Valley’s best theatrical and musical talent. It will be a destination for area residents seeking high quality entertainment in Ossining’s revitalized downtown area.

2016 Member Events


Westchester Collaborative Theater presents a reading of Lardo,

A Romantic Comedy by Sydney Blake

 Ossining, NY – Sydney Blake, a popular TV sitcom writer (Major Dad, Empty Nest, Mama’s Family), is making her Westchester Collaborative Theater (WCT) playwriting debut with the comical and tender romantic comedy, Lardo. The reading, which will have a limited run, will be directed by Nathan Flower, a professor at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. The production runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 8, 9 and 10 at 8 pm through Sunday, December 11 at 3 pm at the Steamer Firehouse Gallery, 117 Main St., 2nd Floor, Ossining, NY.  The Sunday December 11th performance will be followed by a talk-back with the playwright, director and performers.  The rehearsed reading has been developed and dramaturged through WCT’s ongoing workshop process where member actors and writers bring new pieces to life.  There is limited seating available, advance purchase is strongly suggested.  Tickets are $15 general admission with discounts available for WCT/OAC members, seniors, students and groups of 5+.  Tickets are available for purchase online at

The ensemble of WCT actors performing includes: Jessica Carter, Thomas Coppola, Christine Fonsale, Lucas Kane, Jim Leeper and Joe Albert Lima.

Lardo takes place in the writers’ room of a top-10 TV sitcom that stars an impossibly irritating lead actor who is, at turns, the man everyone loves to hate and the man everyone hates to love.  When the burnt out head writer is persuaded to hire an enchanting, talented, but inexperienced young female writer, the tension mounts. Will Lardo be cancelled? Will hopelessly wrong for each other couples be united? Will love lose out?

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Westchester Collaborative Theater is hosting their Annual Fundraiser “Endless Summer Gala” on Saturday, September 17th from 7 to 10 pm.  Join WCT for an elegant and entertaining evening overlooking the Hudson River from Shattemuc Yacht Club, 46 Westerly Road in Ossining. The event will feature live music performed by Emmy award nominated composer/arranger Kinny Landrum of Sleepy Hollow, guest speakers, an open bar, plentiful gourmet edibles, the 2nd Annual Members & Audience Choice Awards, silent & live auctions and a big ticket raffle.


Westchester Collaborative Theater Presents:  

Unintended Consequences: A Reading of One-Act Plays

Ossining, NY – From Thursday, July 14 through Sunday, July 17, Westchester Collaborative Theater (WCT) will present “Unintended Consequences: A Reading of One Act Plays,” directed by Karina Ramsey, executive producer of WCT and the director of WCT’s 2015 Living Art event.  The five plays, a mix of dramas, comedies and dramedies are by Susan Courtney; Linda Bidwell Delaney; Pat O’Connor; Angelo Parra; and Robert Zaslow. The ensemble of WCT actors who will perform includes: Sherman Alpert, Rick Apicella, Chris Arena, Enid Breis, Jim Brownold, Susan Courtney, Michelle Daneshvar, Miguel Angel Garcia, Donna James, Phyllis Kirigin, Erik Langner, Suzanne Ochs, Pat O’Neill and Cathy Schaeffer. The Sunday July 17th performance will be followed by a talk-back with the playwrights and performers.  “Unintended Consequences: A reading of One Act Plays,” will take place at the Steamer Co. Gallery, 117 Main St., 2nd Floor, Ossining, NY.  Seating is limited; advance purchase suggested.  Tickets are $15 general admission Friday and Sunday with discounts available for WCT/OAC members, seniors, students and groups of 5+.  Tickets are available for purchase online at


WCT Art for June 2016 Notes from the Frontlines- Nine Monologues

Westchester Collaborative Theater Presents

Notes from the Frontlines: Nine Monologues

 Ossining, NY – Friday, June 17 through Sunday, June 19, Westchester Collaborative Theater (WCT) of Ossining will present a WCT first of its kind event – Notes from the Frontlines: Nine Monologues, a diverse group of pieces that run the gamut from laugh-out-loud farce to gut-wrenching drama. Friday and Saturday night shows are at 8; Sunday’s performance is at 3 followed by a talk-back with writers and actors. Tickets are $15 general admission Friday and Sunday with discounts available for WCT/OAC members, seniors, students and groups of 5+. Saturday night will be a mixer in conjunction with the Ossining Village Arts Committee and all tickets will be $10, sold only at the door.  The event will take place at the Steamer Co. Gallery, 117 Main St., Ossining.  Extremely limited seating is available for these performances. Advance purchase for Friday & Sunday performances is strongly suggested.  Tickets are available for purchase online at

 The event will be directed by WCT Executive Director and Ossining resident Alan Lutwin. The Monologues are:

Ask Zsuzsanna by C.J. Ehrlich, performed by Sharon Rowe of Ossining: Single Motherhood at 50. A psychotherapist explains how she handles the stress of living in NYC while raising her newly adopted daughter, River Apple.

Funhouse Mirror by Pat O’Neill, performed by Tim Harbolic: A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single candy bar (or lack thereof).

The Galaxy by Jeff Edrich, performed by James Leeper: An old cowboy finds his love returns in the form of a message he wrote many years before.

Good Company by Joe McDonald, performed by Lynne Foster: An elderly woman “riding the rails” heading for California muses about past memories.

Monologue Pedagogue by Keith Whalen, performed by Cathy Schaeffer:  A community college theater professor gives feedback on her students’ unusual monologues.

Palmas by Ward Riley, performed by Michelle Concha of Ossining: Someone, somewhere, is watching over you.

The Pitch by Carol Mark performed by Jon Barb:  A down-and-out marketing man makes one last attempt to turn things around.

Sparks by Evelyn Mertens, performed by Julie Griffin of Ossining: A chronically disappointed woman discovers an unorthodox source of satisfaction.

Stranger Danger by Misha Sinclair, performed by Dianne Roxy Pennington: Sometimes the danger isn’t the stranger, but who or what you’re running from.


Westchester Collaborative Theater

Presents “A Taste of WCT”

A Savory Sampling of Scenes, One-Acts and Monologues

Ossining, NY – On Saturday, June 4 at 2 pm, Westchester Collaborative Theater (WCT) of Ossining will present A Taste of WCT, a one-time chance to get a free glimpse into the savory menu of offerings from Westchester’s only ensemble theater company devoted exclusively to developing new works for the stage by local playwrights and performed by skilled actors from Westchester and the surrounding region.  The event will be held at the Camille Budarz Theater, Ossining Public Library, 53 Croton Ave., Ossining, NY.

Slated for performance are a selection of works that evolved from WCT’s play development workshops: A scene from A Short Walk into Sunshine, a full-length play written and directed by Joe Albert Lima that had its debut as WCT’s mainstage production in fall 2015; performances of one-act plays that appeared in WCT’s sold out Living Art Event this past March; and three monologues running the gamut from hilarious farce to high-impact drama that will be part of a WCT first-of-its kind event, Notes from the Frontlines: Nine Monologues running Friday, June 17th through Sunday, June 19th at the Steamer Co. Gallery, 117 Main St., Ossining. Seating is general admission for this library theater event.

The scene from Lima’s play will feature actors Steve Allen and Maiysha Jones, well-known to area playgoers from their award-winning performances at Elmwood Playhouse and other venues. The Living Art one-act plays will be The Reveal by Linda Bidwell Delaney with Christine Fonsale and Jim Leeper and Midnight Kiss by Angelo Parra with Anthony Romano and Lynne-Lori Sylvan who are reprising their roles.

Axial Theatre’s Gaslight Tango Looks at the Comedy and Tragedy of Identities in Crisis

Seven One-Act Plays by Local Playwrights Run Weekends May 6-22


Axial Theatre’s mainstage production for spring 2016 is Gaslight Tango, a professional production of seven one-act plays by metro area playwrights. The original works encompass a vibrant mix of genres, ranging from all-out farce to quirky comedy to full-tilt drama. All deal with the common theme of identities in crisis.

Gaslight Tango can be seen weekends from May 6 -22 at Axial Theatre’s space in the Community House of St. John’s Episcopal Church, 8 Sunnyside Ave., Pleasantville, N.Y. 10570.

The seven pieces, some award-winning, will be performed by the ensemble of Axial Theatre company actors and guests. Rachel Jones, company member and Howard Meyer’s Acting Program instructor, and Lori Lowe are coordinating directors of the overall production. Directors of individual plays also include Ed Friedman and Patrick Davin.

Linda Giuliano, Axial’s associate artistic director and literary manager, says, “Identity is an important underlying theme tying these pieces together — how we see ourselves, how others see us — accurately and inaccurately; and how we come to find or lose our sense of self.  In each case. we look in the mirror of someone else’s eyes.”

The ensemble cast includes Ward James Riley, Michael Boyle, Jr. Jess Erick, Susan Ward, Rofa Abayon, Michael Witkes, Pamela Brokaw, Mickey Pantano, Anthony Barresi Jr., Laura Credidio. Anne Hammond, Gail Greenstein, and Cash Tilton.

Jill Woodward is stage manager; Yi Li, costume designer; Meg McGuigan, scenic designer; Sarah Stolnack, lighting designer; Christina Verde, sound designer; and Shannon White, technical director.

The plays are: Agua Dulce by Lloyd Pace: two ageless lovers reunite over drinks and a shotgun in the desert outskirts of Aqua Dulce; Day of Beauty by Gabrielle Fox: a Christmas culture clash reveals the true identity of women searching for a day of beauty; Girl with Guitar by Albi Gorn: in the Bronx in the ’60s, a girl is having her portrait done by her grandmother, and hidden resentments begin to surface like pentimento; Privileged by Evelyn Mertens: suspicions and distrust wane as students in an Upper East Side private school discover a surprising kinship; Welcome to Norway by Robin Joseph: a journey to fulfill a lifelong dream takes an unexpected detour; They by Patrick Davin: a sports fanatic gives new meaning to living and dying for your team; and Doctor, Doctor by Ward James Riley: the audience is left to ponder who is sicker — the patient telling the tale or the psychiatrist treating him?

Axial Theatre is located in the Community House of St. John’s Episcopal Church, 8 Sunnyside Avenue, Pleasantville, New York 10570.

Gaslight Tango will run Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 pm plus Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3 pm, May 6-8; May 13-15; and May 20 –22.  Tickets are $25; $20 for students and seniors. All tickets are $40 on opening night, May 7, which will include wine, hors d’oeuvres and sweet treats. There will be a talkback with the actors and directors following opening night and after each Sunday matinee.

Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-838-3006. Tickets can be purchased online at



March 4 through March 26, 2016

Westchester Collaborative Theater (WCT) and Ossining Arts Council (OAC) Present
The 2016 Living Art Event – An Innovative Merger of Art and Theater

Tickets are $15 which include a special $5 discount for Business Pink members (does not apply to opening night March 4)!

Click here and enter the code: BIZPINK16 for discounted tickets.

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Contact: Evelyn Mertens 914-762-6429
Alan Lutwin 914-263-4953
There will be a reception on opening night (March 4)

Ossining, NY – In an innovative merger between art and theater, The Ossining Arts Council (OAC) and The Westchester Collaborative Theater (WCT), will present
The 2016 Living Art Event, showcasing twenty-four OAC artworks and five original WCT one-act plays inspired by selected artworks. A docent led tour through a gallery will pause intermittently to allow the art to spring to life. This event runs weekends from Friday, March 4 through Saturday, March 26 at the Steamer Firehouse Gallery in Ossining, NY. It is an expansion of two prior hugely successful OAC/WCT Living Art collaborative productions.

Performances are Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm and Sundays at 3 pm. The Sunday, March 20 performance includes a talk-back with the theater and visual artists. The Steamer Firehouse Gallery is located at 117 Main St., 2nd Floor in Ossining, NY. Advance ticket sales start at $20. Discounted tickets are available for WCT and OAC members, students, seniors and groups of 5+. Special performance Thursday, March 17 – buy one $20, get one free. Since tickets are limited for each performance, advance online purchase is strongly recommended.
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The five original one act plays are:

The Reveal by Linda Bidwell Delaney. An artist seeks a model; a writer is searching for a subject – what happens when both projects are unveiled?

Mo and May by Stephen Hersh. As two women in their 70s, life partners since college, plan a long overdue wedding, a long held family secret threatens to derail their planned legal union.

Shadows and Light by Carol Mark. “But all the things I love are here”, Dorothy, a refined Southern widow tells her son, George Jr., when he tries to get her to move to into a nursing home. What will it take to convince her it’s for the best?

All Aboard by Pat O’Neill. The apparent death of a fellow homeless person leaves a trio with unexpected options that make them ponder if entrenched values of humanity and loyalty can have exceptions under exceptional circumstances.
Midnight Kiss by Angelo Parra. At an office Christmas party the unusual request of a lonely, divorced stranger makes an engaged man question his own situation and wonder if his romantic life is as stable as he thought.

The plays will be directed by Howard Lipson. Lipson, founder of The New Group Theatre and Gryphon Repertory, studied acting with Harold Clurman and Michael Shurtleff; taught acting to professionals and youths from Hell’s Kitchen; and acted in and directed numerous plays including several Off-Off-Broadway. At his theatre ministry at Christ Church in Tarrytown, NY, Lipson has written and directed over 100 sermon plays, some with his original music, for over 15 years.

The ensemble of WCT actors performing include Enid Breis, Christine Fonsale Rogerson,
Lucas Kane, Jim Leeper, Mike Meth, Anthony Romano, Sarah Saltus and Lynne Lori Sylvan.

Art by members of OAC will include works by: Helen Arbor Young, Karen Edelmann, Jill Kiefer, Stephen Rengstorf, and Fred Schuback.
Ossining Arts Council is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote and showcase the talent of all artists, whether professional or amateur, to unite diverse talent across other arts-based organizations through collaborative programs, and to build awareness and inspire passion for the arts within our community.

Westchester Collaborative Theater (WCT) is a 501 (C)3 multicultural, cooperative theater company located in Ossining, N.Y., solely dedicated to the development of new plays by its member playwrights, actors and directors.
ArtsAlive Project Grants are made possible with funds from the Decentralized Program (DEC), a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature, and administered by ArtsWestchester.

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2015 Member Events

The Front Street Gallery Presents: A FLOW OF WORDS Friday, Dec 18, from 7-9 Featuring Four Local Poets: Jeff Edrich Jay Erickson Stephen Haggerty Lawrence Hayes

Exclusive for Business Pink members AND their family and friends:

Go to and order special priced tickets of only $15 when you use the code BizPinkSunshine

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A Short Walk Into Sunshine will be performed at the Steamer Co. Firehouse Theater, 117 Main St., 2nd Floor in Ossining, NY on Fridays November 6, 13, 20 and 27 and Saturdays, November 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 8pm; matinees will run Sundays, November 8, 15 and 22 at 3pm. Sunday matinees will be followed by a talkback session with the playwright/director and cast. There is a special performance on Thursday, November 19 at 8 pm. Opening night, November 6 includes an after party, but note that membership discount does not apply for this performance.



Thursday, October 8, 8:00 pm Friday, October 9, 8:00 pm.; Saturday, October 10 2:00 pm.
The Mnemonist by Angelo Parra
Directed by Bob Rogerson
Presented by Westchester Collaborative Theater (WCT)

A reading of a new play from the Westchester Collaborative Theater play development workshop.

(WCT) is presenting The Mnemonist, a reading of an original full-length play that tests the boundaries of the caregiver-patient relationship, and explores the unbearable burden of memory. Saturday’s performance will be followed by a talkback session with the playwright, director, and cast. The performances take place at: Steamer Company Firehouse, 117, Main Street, 2nd Floor, Ossining, NY 10562.
Tickets are $10 and available through Brown Paper Tickets,
All tickets are General Admission.

The play is about a man named Stan Hellman, tormented by his inability to forget anything, who has scheduled a dangerous and untested brain surgery. Only Maddie Dawson, the tenacious and quirky woman he has hired to care for him, stands between Stan and the potentially disastrous results.

The cast of The Mnemonist features:
Tom Coppola: Acting credits include Willie Conklin (Ragtime); Joe Pitt (Angels in America); Baker (Into the Woods), among others.

For more information about Westchester Collaborative Theater go to their website:


directed by Dan Foster


It’s Christmas Eve in Palm Springs. Novelist Brooke Wyeth is back home to celebrate the holidays with her well-heeled parents , brother and aunt. But the long-awaited reunion is soon set alight by a bombshell- Brooke is to publish a tell-all memoir. Exposing the most painful chapter of the Wyeths’ buried past and threatening to destroy everything her famous parents hold dear, Brooke’s revelation pushes fractured family relations to the point of no return.
Peggy J. Scott (Silda), Malachy Cleary (Lyman), Brenda Withers (Brooke)
Colleen Zenk (Polly) and Davy Raphaely (Trip)
Photo: Rana Faure

Whippoorwill Theatre @ North Castle Library Kent Pl. Armonk, N.Y.
October 16-31, 2015

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Emmy award nominated composer/arranger Kinny Landrum

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Contact: Evelyn Mertens 914-762-6429
Alan Lutwin 914-263-4953


Please use the discount code: BIZPINK for $7 tickets.

June 11 – 14: Lovers and Exotic Strangers: A Reading of Four Original One-Act Plays presented by Westchester Collaborative Theater (WCT)

Ossining, NY – On Thursday, June 11; Friday, June 12; Saturday, June 13 at 8pm; and Sunday June 14 at 3pm, Westchester Collaborative Theater (WCT) is presenting Lovers and Exotic Strangers, a reading of four original one-act plays that take unexpected twists and turns as they explore love and loss in a variety of unusual relationships. Lin Snider will direct. Sunday’s performance will be followed by a talkback session with the playwrights, director and cast. The performances take place at the Steamer Company Firehouse, 117 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Ossining, NY 10562. Please use the discount code: BIZPINK for $7 tickets through Brown Paper Tickets, All tickets are General Admission.

The plays were developed through WCT workshops, an interactive laboratory for writers and actors.

In Albi Gorn’s The Ex-factor, love, sex and culture clashes provoke some heady and comic issues. Hastings-on-Hudson resident Gorn is an award-winning playwright (Strawberry Festival, Aery 20/20, finalist in the Samuel French Festival and the All-England Theatre Festival). His plays were staged at the NYC Fringe Festival in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Carol Mark’s Indelible shows what can happen when a routine subway ride turns into something entirely different. Ridgefield, CT resident Mark has had full-length and one-act plays produced at WCT, Shades Repertory Theater, Ridgefield Theater Barn, Spring Street Arts Center and many other venues.

Gabrielle Fox’s The Second Coming shows what could result if a doomsday practice drill in a suburban survival bunker was interrupted by the rapture. Fox, of Mt. Kisco, is a faculty member at Axial Theatre where she teaches playwriting. She won the Outstanding Playwriting and Overall Production awards for The Home in the 2014 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity and the Planet Activist award.

Pat O’Connor’s Terminal Love, a new take on boy meets girl, explores multiple types of blindness and sight. Plays by Montrose resident O’Connor have been featured at WCT, Arts on the Lake’s Home Grown Plays, the Pound Ridge Theatre, Shades Repertory Theater, Aery 20/20 Festival and Manhattan Repertory Theater.

Lin Snider is a professional director (SDC) and singer/actress (AEA, SAG) who has worked as a director and teacher for 20 years and has performed on stage in regional theaters, Off-Broadway and in the National Tour of Anything Goes with Mitzi Gaynor as well as in cabarets, TV, and on film. She has been the artistic director of the Yeshiva College Dramatic Society for nine years, has directed two AEA Showcases for the Out of the Box Theatre Company as well as productions at AADA, NYU (CAP 21), SUNY/Purchase, TADA! and the Westchester Arts Council. She is a founding member of WCT.

The cast features: Femi Alao (Ossining), Jim Brownold (Ardsley), Marilyn Collazo (Ossining), Tim Harbolic (Buchanan), Elaine Hartel (Ossining), Deacon Hoy (Mahopac), Shelley Lerea (Bedford Hills), Eric Marks (White Plains), Tracey McAllister (Ossining), Pat O’Neill (Somers), Dianne Pennington (Yorktown), Matt Silver (Croton), and Howard Weintraub (White Plains).

The Westchester Collaborative Theater is a multicultural, cooperative theater company located in Ossining, NY, dedicated to developing new work for the stage and bringing live theater to our community. It is composed of local playwrights, actors, and directors who employ a lab approach in which new stage works are nurtured through an iterative process of readings, critiques, and rewrites. When work is ready for production, it is produced for the public at various local venues.

WCT is committed to furthering theater arts in our community. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and a recipient of production grants from ArtsWestchester and New York State Council on the Arts.

This reading is part of ArtsWestchester’s ARTSEE program for promoting the arts throughout the region. From March through July 2015, Westchester comes alive with vibrant cultural events in celebration of ArtsWestchester’s 50th anniversary. ARTSEE is a five month showcase of the creative spirit in Westchester County packed with dance, film, theatre, art exhibitions, concerts, open studios, poetry readings and more.


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Rosabelle, Believe is based on the decades-long friendship between Sherlock Holmes’ creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and famed magician, Harry Houdini. It is a delightful meditation on cross cultures, sexual gamesmanship and the afterlife.

10 dollar tickets available but all tickets must be purchased in advance.
Please visit for more information. Or click here to buy now.

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2014 Member Events



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Our next event is The Hudson Stage Company Dress Rehearsal for Business Pink members, as well as their friends and family on Thursday, May 1, 2014.

Please arrive by 6:45 pm to allow for seating – Curtain time is 7:00 pm

The Hudson Stage Company will be presenting TWO short plays in one evening:

A NUMBER by Caryl Churchill and A KIND OF ALASKA by Harold Pinter

Sign up now with Amy Edelstein at (914) 941-5786 ext. 37. Discounted tickets offered by Hudson Stage Company to Business Pink members and family and friends are $10 per person to be paid in cash or check made out to Hudson Stage Company at the door.

This is a not to be missed event!


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2013 Member Events


Networking and Panel at Garcia’s at the Capitol Theatre, Tuesday October 29th, 5 – 7:30 pm

Please join the Ad Club of Westchester for “What’s Your Brand Saying About You Behind Your Back?: A panel discussion” next Tuesday evening at 5pm.

Networking in Westchester County NY

Your brand persona is out there, but is it saying the right things about you? Is it current? Is it relevant? Is it making you look as good as you are? And what can you do to make it even stronger? Find out at a very special Advertising Club of Westchester Event. Hear from brand specialists who will help you understand the importance of a cohesive and current brand message, and tell you surprisingly easy ways to achieve it.

Join us:
Tuesday, October 29th, 5-7:30 pm
Garcia’s at The Capitol Theater in Port Chester

Rob Powers – Digitas
Mark DiMassimo – DiGo (DiMassimo Goldstein)
Sharon Rowe – ECOBAGS Brand
Peter Levine – Brand Communications Studio
Drew Coburn – Cubism Group
David Ashen of DASH Design

Members $45
Non-members $55
Students $25
Appetizers and a cocktail included.

To be held at Garcia’s (a la Jerry) next door to the recently re-opened Capitol Theatre, featuring craft beers and a show afterwards with Reid Genauer of Assembly of Dust (Separate $7 cover goes directly to the band).

Seating is limited, register today!

Your chance to see the dress rehearsal of the play 4000 MILES at HUDSON STAGE COMPANY, Woodward Hall Theatre at Pace University, 325 Elm Road in  Briarcliff Manor

For Business Pink members and their family and friends on Thursday Oct. 31st at 7:30pm. Tickets are only $10 per person.

Contact Amy Edelstein or call me at (914) 941-5786 ext. 37 so I can get a head count.

If you can’t make the dress rehearsal, or even if you did make it but loved it so much you want to see it again or share with other people, see below for the schedule of the regular run of the production:


Event Planning 101 Workshop hosted by Events To Remember

January 22, 2013 from 5pm-9pm

The Mansion at Colonial Terrace, 119 Oregon Rd, Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567

 This event is for anyone interested in learning more about the Event Planning profession!!

During the workshop and dinner, you will learn the following aspects of the business:

– The fundamentals of event planning

– How to manage event details

– Overview of vendor contracts

– Event planning templates to stay on track

– The importance of an event budget

 This event will be great for:

– Students in the event planning industry

– Administrative assistants handling office events

– Parents looking to plan any type of milestone party

– Anyone looking to learn and plan!

 For more information, contact Chereese Jervis-Hill at:

914 396-7664

Cost: Pre-Register Price: $149.00; Students with Valid ID: $126.65; On Site Registration: $175.00

2012 Member Events

BON freakin’ APPÉTIT

July 31 through September 30

BON freakin’ APPÉTIT is a visual essay by NY Graphic Artist Donna Simons dealing with the complex health, environmental and ethical issues surrounding commercial farming. By melding editorial, documentary and fine art, Donna has created a thought provoking entertaining collection of illustrations and graphics that will challenge you to think deeply about the food we eat, the water we drink and the air that we breathe. A printed narrative containing the background of this project and empowering ‘grassroots’ solutions will be available at the gallery for the duration of the show.

Prints of the artwork are for sale (framed or unframed) as well as educational booklets and T-shirts promoting this campaign. The artist will use all proceeds from the event sales to continue to fund this important project.


August 18th 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm

In celebration of the Bon freakin’ Appétit exhibition by Donna Simons, Audubon Greenwich and Fairfield Food Guide will conclude their six-day documentary film series with two films and a special reception for the artist, co-sponsored by Slow-Food of Metro North and Grassroots Environmental Education. To RSVP or for more information about this event visit: or call 203-869-5272 X239


September 15th 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Audubon will host a second Artist Reception (more details will be announced closer to the date)

Images and additional information about Donna Simons and the Bon freakin’ Appétit project can be found on:

or by emailing the artist directly:

Flat Iron Gallery, Inc. Event!!
“Beyond Landscape” –Mixed Media Cloth Collages
by Susan Minier
On Exhibit…April 5-29, 2012

Art Reception at the Flat Iron Gallery, Inc.
DATE: April 14, 2012
TIME: 1:00-5:00 pm

LOCATION: 105 South Division St., Peekskill, N.Y.


Exhibition Opening and Reception for Graphic Artist Donna Simons

SUNY Empire State College Gallery

200 North Central Avenue

Hartsdale, NY 10530

Thursday, April 26th 4:00-6:00PM

About the exhibit:

This exhibit is composed of a collection of editorial illustrations that deal with the complicated issues surrounding ‘Factory Farming.’ I believe this work will challenge you to think deeply about the food we eat, the water we drink and the air that we breathe. While this exhibit is the culmination of a detailed, in-depth research study, it’s presented to the public in a way that is approachable and easy to ‘digest.’ This thought provoking visual essay about the multi-faceted dilemma created by Factory Farming is certain to open dialogue about health, ethics and the environment. To facilitate that dialogue, attendees will be given an educational brochure containing some of the history of the problems as well as common sense grass-roots solutions that can be shared with friends, family, colleagues and in the classroom.

To Our Health!

Donna P. Simons


Optimal Health & Wealth Wellness Tips & Strategies for 2012

Please join us Thursday, April 5th at 5:30 pm for an informative discussion that embraces the goal of wellness empowerment in two key areas of life and provides actionable steps to optimize your health, vitality, and wealth for 2012 and beyond.

Wealth Advisory Group LLC
355 Lexington Avenue (at 40th Street), 9th Floor
Nearby Grand Central Station, NY, NY

Healthful beverages and snack will be served

Presented By:
Susan D. Glusica
Vice President, Wealth Advisory Group LLC

Fabienne Meuleman
Certified Professional Coach

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Main Conference Room

Attendance limited to 40 participants – click here to view complete information.


Women in Transition Flyer for Spring




Learning Luncheon™

BizPink™ member Patricia Carrera of AXA Advisors, LLC presents Dispelling the Myths – Real Financial Strategies for Women on March 14th.  at Louie Linguine’s in Pleasantville 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm,  Louie Linguine’s, 160 Marble Avenue, Pleasantville, NY. RSVP to Amy Edelstein (914) 941-5786 ext. 37 or

VNA Event

13th Annual Networking Roundtable

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Join WEDC for an evening of strategic networking and business building opportunities for women entrepreneurs.

With Keynote Speaker:
Lisa PriceLisa Price, Founder & President,
Carol’s Daughter, Inc.

From humble beginnings in her Brooklyn kitchen, Lisa transformed her beloved hobby of mixing up fragrances and creams at home into a multi-million dollar beauty empire.

In the early 1990s, Lisa began experimenting with making her own fragrances and perfume sprays when she wasn’t busy working on the legendary sitcom The Cosby Show. When the show finished in 1992, Lisa used the end of one chapter of her life to embark on another. With $100 in cash, her own kitchen, and the simple notion that people should follow their hearts, Lisa started building her collection.

In 1994, Lisa officially established Carol’s Daughter (the company lovingly named after her mother). Today, it sells millions of dollars worth of products, employs more than 80 staff members and boasts nine stores across the country, with a flagship store in Harlem.

Lisa is the author of Success Never Smelled So Sweet, a memoir chronicling her transformation from a young Black woman deep in debt and burdened by low self-esteem to the president of a multi-million dollar business. She sits on the board of the Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now (FFAWN) and is a council member of the National Women’s Business Council.

Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Location: Crabtree’s Kittle House, Chappaqua, New York

Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Fee: $60 (includes wine and light buffet)

Register for Networking Event Here.

God of Carnage

Salute! To Women –
a Women’s Networking Event

Thursday, October 27, 2011
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The Kensington
100 Maple Avenue
White Plains, NY

This is a free event and refreshments will be served.

For women business owners, employed and unemployed women

We have room for 50 attendees – first come, first served

Sponsored by:

Under Control Organizing Business Pink NetworkingThe Kensington


Business Pink NetworkingWomen Helping Women


Business Pink NetworkingBusiness Pink Networking

Official invitation with RSVP information will be emailed by October 1, 2011.

Merrill Lynch

Flat Iron Gallery

Jessica Miller

Susan Schrott

“A Celebration of Women in Textiles!”

Flat Iron Gallery, Inc.
105 So. Division St.
Peekskill. N.Y. 10566

Gallery Hours: Th.-Sun. 12-6 and by appt.
Gallery Director: Wendie Garber

June 2-23, 2011 and June 27 – July 3, 2011
Closed June 24th-26th

Artist reception: Sat., June 4th 1-5 pm

Fiber artist, Susan Schrott, celebrates the joys of being a woman in her unique and very beautiful hand dyed and surface designed textile wall hangings. These figurative and colorful works are personally inspired by her family life and work as a psychotherapist. Schrott also has a background in musical theater and dance and in her early twenties performed for several years with the Jewish Repertory Theater in New York City.

These theatrical experiences have also influenced and enriched her work as a visual artist.

Her artwork has gained critical attention from the art quilt world as well as from New York galleries and she has won numerous awards for her textile designs.

Schrott’s artwork appears in permanent institutional installations and many private collections around the world. Schrott is also the New York Co-Representative for Studio Art Quilt Associates and is a member of the Katonah Artists Association. For more information, look up her website:

“Fiddler on the Couch” textile wall hanging 36″ x 39″ by Susan Schrott
Susan Schrott

Spring Event

A Unique Day of Holistic Wellness

Natural Awakenings and O2 Living are presenting a ‘Unique Day of Holistic Wellness’ on Saturday, June 11, from 12-4 at O2 Living, located in the Yellow Monkey Village, 792 Rt 35, Cross River, NY.

Susan Lasky will discuss ‘Lifestyle Strategies and Tips for Those with ADD/ADHD” from 12:30-12:55.

Susan Lasky Organizing & Productivity Solutions


Kyle-Beth HilferKyle-Beth Hilfer will be speaking at the Mt Kisco Chamber of Commerce Lunch and Learn during a panel on social media on June 15 at the Mt Kisco Library Media Room at 12pm.

Kyle-Beth Hilfer has over 20 years experience as an attorney specializing in advertising, marketing, promotions, intellectual property, and new media law. Ms. Hilfer routinely advises on all aspects of advertising, marketing, and direct mail campaigns. In the social and new media areas, she helps clients leverage social media platforms while protecting their brands and intellectual property. In particular, Ms. Hilfer counsels on such issues as managing employees in social media, running promotions, including sweepstakes, on social media platforms, user-generated content, e-commerce agreements, blogs, affiliate marketing, mobile marketing, testimonials and endorsements in cyberspace, and e-mail marketing.

Ms. Hilfer is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School. She is Of Counsel to Collen IP. She is an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, serving on the commercial and intellectual property panels and hearing large, complex cases. In addition, she is a guest blogger for Global Strategic Management Institute’s Social Axcess social media blog and the American Conference Institute’s blog. She has been quoted often by the media as an expert on social media law, advertising law, and intellectual property law issues.

You can read her blog at or follow her twitter feed @kbhilferlaw or connect with her on linkedin.

WEDC (Women’s Enterprise Development Center Inc.) and IBM co-sponsored event:

Big Business Meets Small Business

Speed mentoring offered – three 15 minute one-on-one sessions with IBM volunteers with expertise in different business issues.

You ’re Invited to a Business Pink® Book Discussion

Business Pink Networking introduces Susan L. Hirshman, author of Does This Make My Assets Look Fat?
Does This Make My Assets Look Fat?

Network and join the discussion led by Ms. Hirshman on

Thursday, March 31, 2011
8:30 am to 10:00 am

coffee and cake will be served

Well on the Way
191 Main Street
Ossining, NY 10562

Click for Directions

RSVP and questions to Amy Edelstein (914) 941-5786 ext. 37 or


Sponsored By:
Elizabeth Pasquale

Does This Make My Assets Look Fat? Susan L. Hirshman

Collen IP

LifeProject for Africa Fundraiser

Please join us to support LifeProject for Africa.

View printable invitation

LifeProject for Africa donation information.

LifeProject for Africa’s current projects include:

  • Empowering local organizations to provide critical services to the people in Africa.
  • Partnering to construct wards for Njia Health Center in Dar-Es-Salaam, to eventually serve a community of 122,000 people.
  • Partnering with Rotary International to provide water.
  • Supporting indigenous organizations whose goal is capacity-building for local projects involved in health, economic empowerment, education, care of orphans and providing shelter.
  • Providing tuition to vulnerable and orphaned children in Africa.
  • Shipping medical supplies and equipment to Njia Health Center, in partnership with several U.S. hospitals and health providers.
  • Participating in the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (Emergency Plan / PEPFAR).
  • Embarking on an educational initiative called Mwambo Computer & E-learning. The focus is increasing access to basic quality education through e-learning programs.
  • Supporting the building of a school in Tanzania.

Women’s Enterprise Development Center and Business Pink® present

Going Green — Why Bother?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
5:30pm – 7:30pm

C.W. Brown Inc.
1 Labriola Court
Armonk, NY 10504


Social Media Marketing Strategies

Whether it is Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Delicious, StumbleUpon, or any of the other sites, social media remains the hottest thing on the Internet.

In this seminar you will learn how to use social media sites to market your business and to further your professional career.

You will learn:

  • Why social media is imperative for your business
  • How to start your social media efforts
  • Secrets of social media sites like Digg, StumbleUpon, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube
  • 5 Secrets that every new blogger must know
  • The latest Facebook and Youtube “hooks” to increase traffic
  • What types of content are considered viral
  • Case studies of some of the heaviest hitters in the social media space
  • How you can involve your audience for maximum gain
  • And much more…

The Ossining Public Library
53 Croton Avenue, Ossining, NY

Wednesday, February 9, 2011
07:30 PM – 09:00 PM

Class Price: US $22.00

Register online:

Instructor Tamar Weinberg is an Internet marketing consultant specializing in blogger outreach, viral marketing, and social media. She is also the author of the “New Community Rules: Marketing on the Social Web”. She has been recognized as one of the top public influencers of the web in New York City by NowPublic, one of NxE’s most influential female bloggers, and was featured in the 2008 and the 2009 “Top 100 Online Marketers” list by Invesp.

Valentine's Day Jewelry Sale
Sunday, February 6, 2011, 1 – 5 pm
Please RSVP to Wendy Garber (914) 734-1894

Kick Up Your High Heels and Join Us for a Networking Event to Mark Our 3rd Anniversary.

Come to network and nibble as Business Pink kicks off the New Year by bringing entrepreneurial women together to network, exchange ideas, enhance professional skills and promote their careers. To kick off the evening, Staci Clarke, “The MaXiMiZer,” will warm us all up in this snowy January with some fun networking ice breakers.

Thursday, January 20, 2011
5:30-7:30-ish PM

Collen IP
The Holyoke-Manhattan Building
80 South Highland Avenue
Ossining-on-Hudson, NY 10562

For directions, click here

Our Home Is Your Home…In honor of Business Pink’s 3rd anniversary, get a little history on how Business Pink grew from a small idea within the walls of Collen IP to a live networking organization.

Please R.S.V.P. to Amy Edelstein at or call her at (914) 941-5786, ext. 37. There is no fee to attend this event.

Business Pink® Is Branching Out and Heading to Washington, DC!

Pink Capitol BuildingOn December 9th we will bring our network to a new district.

Business Pink will host its kick-off event to bring entrepreneurial women together to network, exchange ideas, enhance professional skills and promote their careers.

Meeting will take place at a soon-to-be announced location in the DC area.

This meeting will also launch our new INTERNSHIP PROGRAM, designed to match women in business with women who wish to acquire skills in the workplace. A WIN-WIN concept: no cost or low cost internships that provide eager assistants to hard working business women in exchange for an introduction to the business world and a chance to learn a new skill set.

We hope to see you in DC on December 9th.

For questions, please contact Jenny Slocum ( or Oren Gelber (

November 4, 2010


Our Host: Jennifer Moon

Business Pink® member Jennifer Moon (Zumba instructor) has teamed up with Life Project for Africa and offered a Zumba class, the proceeds of which will be used by Life Project for Africa towards sponsoring an education for a disadvantaged girl in Tanzania.

September 23, 2010

Wine and Cheese Networking

Body Wise

287 King St., Chappaqua, NY 10514
(914) 238-8397
Our Host: Joy Puleo

Another successful networking event was held at the Body Wise Pilates Studio in Chappaqua in September.

Member Amy Edelstein said, “I instantly became a zumba-enthusiast after only a few minutes of the first class with Jennifer and continue going every week. I drop my cares at the door and dance, dance, dance! I’m guessing you’ll feel the same way once you’ve tried it. You’ll feel wonderful!”

June 8, 2010

Wine and Cheese Networking

The Framing Gallery
361 Elwood Ave., Hawthorne, NY, 10532
(914) 769-7141
Our Host: Patty Henderson

More than 50 women attended this exciting wine and cheese networking event at the Framing Gallery which not only does framing, but has on display works by several artists. Patty donated at $50 gift certificate to the raffle and Chereese Jervis-Hill of Events to Remember donated a $50 gift certificate for personalized stationery from her “invitation collection.”

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Learning Luncheon: Business Pink® Survival Kit

Justin Thyme Café
171 Grand Street
Croton-on-Hudson, NY

Laura KatenLaura Katen of Katen Consulting™ spoke about “Riding the Down Economy by Becoming a Purple Cow.” Laura provides Enhance Your Chance® Workplace Training Programs which Help Students and Staff to Become More Polished, Professional, and Skilled in the Workplace
Jane CollenJane Collen, founding member of Collen IP and of BusinessPink®, spoke about “Maximizing your Most Valuable Asset in a Recession.” Jane’s practice spans a wide variety of intellectual property areas, including Trademark, Copyright, Unfair Competition and Internet law.

Marcia Sloman of Under Control spoke about “Organizing your Business Growth/Job Search.” Marcia has been doing professional organizing for more than 18 years. Using these skills, and the knowledge gained in the “corporate world”, along with an MBA in Finance, Marcia helps people get their lives in order in their homes and offices.

Susan Karyn Lasky of Time & Space Solutions spoke about “Taming the ‘Paper Tiger’ in the Digital Age.” Susan is a Productivity Coach and Professional Organizer, based in Ossining. She is also a Senior Certified ADHD Coach, a Certified Productive Environment Specialist and an Edge-Certified Student Coach. For almost 20 years, she has helped clients to avoid becoming overwhelmed, juggle the demands of family and career, minimize stress and gain the time and energy to better enjoy their lives.

Founding Member and Sponsor:   Website Donated By:
Collen IP Sponsors Fyne Lyne Ventures