Big Brothers Big Sisters Hosts Author Lecture and Luncheon in Rye

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10/18/11

Big Brothers Big Sisters Hosts Author Lecture and Luncheon in Rye;

Greenhouse Speaks about the Conflicts of Growing Up in a Christian Science Home

 

RYE, NY — On November 17, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Family Services of Westchester (BBBS) will host a luncheon and interview with Lucia Greenhouse, author of fathermothergod: My Journey out of Christian Science. This new coming-of-age memoir about growing up in a family that eschewed medicine in favor of prayer examines the role that religion plays in family relationships and reveals the courageous manner in which the author transcends the challenges of  her unusual childhood.  “Greenhouse’s skill in rendering family relationships under the intersecting stresses of illness and conflicting beliefs make the book worthwhile,” notes Kirkus Review.

The luncheon will take place on November 17 from 12 to 2 pm at the Coveleigh Club in Rye. Tickets cost $50. To purchase a ticket, go online at www.fsw.org or e-mail Deborah Wilson at Dwilson@fsw.org or call (914) 305-6876.

Established in 1958, Big Brothers Big Sisters of FSW currently oversees more than 220 mentor relationships each year, most of which consist of the traditional one-to-one community matches between adult volunteers (Bigs) and children ages six though 18 (Littles). A growing number of school- and work-based programs match older students with younger pupils and employees with school children, respectively. Studies have shown that children who participate in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program are more likely to stay in school, avoid drugs and alcohol and have higher self-esteem. BBBS of FSW currently has a wait list of 50 children, so there is an imminent need for mentors and for donations to cover the administrative costs of overseeing existing matches.  To learn about becoming a mentor or making a donation to the program, contact Marsha Tom at mtom@fsw.org or calling (914) 305-6833.

 Founded in 1954, Family Services of Westchester runs more than 50 social service and mental health programs that benefit 30,000 people a year. With a staff of 450 people and 350 volunteers, FSW operates out of six offices across the county. For more information about the organization’s mission and programs, check out its website at www.fsw.org.

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PRESS CONTACT: Colleen D. Gardephe (914) 305-6836, cgardephe@fsw.org

 

 

PHOTO CAPTION: Lucia Greenhouse, author of fathermothergod: My Journey out of Christian

Science, will speak at a luncheon on November 17 from 12 to 2 pm at the Coveleigh Club in

Rye. The luncheon is sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Family Services of Westchester.

Tickets for the lunch and lecture cost $50 and can be purchased online at www.fsw.org or by

calling Deborah Wilson at (914) 305-6876 or by e-mailing her at dwilson@fsw.org.