Golden Slipper Provides Children With School Supplies

(Left to right in back row) Nanci Gilberg, GSC Needs coordinator, GSC members Jay and Robin Cohen and Patti Isakov, and GSC president Stephen Frishberg are thanked by students from the Paley Center who received their bags of school supplies.

— by Scott D. Bluebond and Ann Hilferty

The Golden Slipper Clubs & Charities (GSC) is celebrating its 90th birthday in 2012, as it continues to find new and creative ways to help people in need of their services. Recently, one of the arms of the GSC, its Human Needs and Services (HUNAS) division, launched a school supply drive for children in the Philadelphia area.

Donations by GSC members were collected to buy the supplies. Pens, pencils, erasers, crayons, glue sticks, safety scissors, rulers, etc. were placed in the 50 new school bags that were donated by GSC members Jay and Robin Cohen. Committee members, led by GSC needs coordinator Nanci Gilberg, delivered the bags on Thursday, August 16 to the Samuel Paley Early Learning Center, 2199 Strahle Street in Northeast Philadelphia. The children receiving those bags are graduates of the Center and attended the Paley school.

More after the jump.

(Left to right) Paley Center students listen attentively to former Golden Slipper camper Ashley Barlow as GSC member Jay Cohen, GSC needs coordinator, Nanci Gilberg, GSC members Robin Cohen and Patti Isakov, and GSC president Stephen Frishberg (seated) look on.

(Left to right) Nanci Gilberg, GSC needs coordinator, GSC members Robin and Jay Cohen and Patti Isakov, GSC president Stephen Frishberg, Samuel Paley Early Learning Center director, Sandy Chernow, and FELS President & CEO, Maddy Malis.

The Paley Center is just one location of the Federation Early Learning Service (FELS). Regarded as a leader in the field for nearly a century, FELS, a non-profit agency, has provided quality programs to the Jewish and secular communities since 1911. They enroll infants, toddlers, preschool and school age children from diverse economic, religious and racial backgrounds on a year-round basis in their eight centers and three public school sites. They have been providing classroom support for children with special needs and helping their families identify and obtain resources that are vital to their child’s optimum development.

The GSC executive director is Paul Geller and the president is Stephen H. Frishberg. States Geller:

GSC is best known in the community for its wonderful summer camp for children, a college scholarship fund for deserving students, a center for senior citizens now in two locations, and other initiatives. But our umbrella is wide, and we help children in others ways in addition to the camp.

Adds Frishberg:

HUNAS (Human Needs and Services) provides emergency assistance to families and individuals who are in need in the Philadelphia region. It has helped families provide loved ones with medical devices, air conditioners, furniture, clothing, and even vital medication. GSC has funded requests for special shoes and leg braces for the physically challenged and eye care for individuals of all ages. We’ve provided assistance in many heartbreaking situations, preventing devastating circumstances. This initiative to help school children is a perfect way for our organization to march into the fall season.”

Learn more at goldenslipperclub.org.


Golden Slipper Club & Charities, celebrating 90 years in 2012, has taken a hands-on approach to support programs and services for the Greater Philadelphia area’s youth, needy and elderly, with some 600 active men and women who volunteer their time to serve people in need. Golden Slipper’s motto is charity, good fellowship and loyalty, first and foremost, in all its endeavors. It provides charitable services to those in need in the community. Golden Slipper Camp sends approximately 600 children to overnight camp in the beautiful Pocono Mountains. Golden Slipper Center for Seniors provides a daytime activities facility which offers social and recreational activities and meals for over 300 senior citizens. Other programs offered to help the community include HUNAS (Human Needs and Services) which gives emergency grants to those in need and the Slipper Scholarship Program, which provides college scholarships to deserving and promising young students.