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Cohalan Cares for Kids Raises Record-Breaking $41,000

Pictured l-r: Andrea Ramos-Topper, Division Director, EAC Network; Cheryl Zimmer, Esq., honoree; Lance W. Elder, President & CEO, EAC Network

The 8th Annual Cohalan Cares for Kids event raised a record-breaking $41,000 in support of EAC Network’s Suffolk County Children’s Center at Cohalan Court. The fundraiser is one of the main means of financial support for the Children’s Center, which provides a safe place where children engage in fun and educational activities while their parents or guardians attend to court business.

As it has been since inception, the event was hosted at the Suffolk County Bar Association in Hauppauge where lawyers, judges, and other community members gathered for delicious food and beverages, networking, chance prizes and auction items, a wine pull, and more. Cheryl Zimmer, Esq., a retired, thirty-year veteran of Suffolk County Family and Supreme Courts, and long-time supporter and Advisory Board Member of the Children’s Center, was honored for her dedication to providing a safe haven for children within the courthouse.

“When parents are involved in legal disputes that require them to attend business in court, arranging for child care may be difficult or even impossible for some families. Of course, children do not belong in court rooms,” said Andrea Ramos-Topper, Division Director of Children’s Services at EAC Network. “The Suffolk County Children’s Center provides a critical service to these families and to the courtrooms by giving the children a safe and nurturing place to stay. It is my honor to thank Cheryl Zimmer and all of those who support the Children’s Center through the Cohalan Cares for Kids event, as this support ensures that EAC Network is able to continue to meet the needs of these families.”

In addition to offering child care, the Children’s Center also provides additional resources for parents as well as promotes literacy by giving a book to each child to take home at the end of his or her stay. Over 1,500 families are assisted by the Children’s Center each year.

To learn more about EAC Network’s Suffolk County Children’s Center at Cohalan Court, visit

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About EAC Network

EAC Network is a diverse not-for-profit human service agency that empowers, assists, and cares for over 82,000 children, families, and seniors in crisis across Long Island and New York City. Among those we help are children who have been abused or who are in foster care, people struggling with addiction or mental illness, vulnerable seniors, individuals seeking gainful employment, and more. For more information, visit us at, call (516) 539-0150, or find us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram at @EACNet.

Susan Fragale │ Director of Community Engagement & Partnerships │ (516) 539-0150 x210 │

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