Lauren McGowan, Kathy Rivera, Robert Brull, Nellie Taylor-Walthrust, Monica Dolley and volunteers Ashley Gentiluomo and Alex Breslin. (Photo: Nassau Child and Family Guidance Center)

Foundation donates $10K to Children’s Center at Nassau Family Court

The Marilyn Lichtman Foundation has donated $10,000 towards supporting the Children’s Center at Nassau County Family Court.

The Children’s Center is a program of North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center that offers a place of respite for children whose families have business in court. The program is an early-learning environment that fosters developmental skills through age-appropriate play, activities and free books for the children to take home.

“Many of the organizations we support involve children in many different situations,” Robert Brull, president of the Marilyn Lichtman Foundation, said in a written statement. “As a former investigator, I’ve seen what trauma can fall upon children from court cases, especially cases involving divorce and/or child abuse. Giving a child the ability to feel safe and comfortable while parents or guardians go through the court’s justice system is a positive step in reducing emotional damage to the child.”

Nellie Taylor-Walthrust, director of the Leeds Place — Serving Young People, expressed her gratitude for the foundation’s generous donation.

“Our goal at the Children’s Center is to keep kids out of the courtroom and provide a safe place for them to grow,” Taylor-Walthrust said in the statement. “The center is free for any family with business at Nassau County Family Court, so this grant will allow us to continue and expand upon this important program. Thank you to Robert and the Marilyn Lichtman Foundation for caring about our children.”

The Marilyn Lichtman Foundation honors the legacy of Marilyn Lichtman through philanthropic contributions to those in need throughout the community, hoping to enhance the lives of future generations.

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