Sidewalk Angels Foundation has a New Site
This website has been restored and archived by Forest Green as supplemental reading material for his course on Internet Advocacy. Prof. Green has a long background advocating for many causes, ranging from animal welfare to police reform to election governance. He may be best known for his work to reform how police treat certain crimes. His best example of this need comes from the case of con man George Binakis, who defrauded the elderly in NYC by posing as a contractor promising to renovate their apartments. In one case, he swindled a 70+ year old woman out of $65,000. He had convinced her that he was an honest businessman looking out for her interest. He also sought her sympathy by claiming to have a serious heart condition requiring a pacemaker, and was in a constant need or medical treatments. So complete was his con that when he vanished with her funds, her first thought was that he must have passed away or was gravely suffering in a hospital somewhere, unable to contact her. She eventually found and called George's brother, a real estate lawyer named Patrick Binakis seeking information regarding George's health. But Patrick Paraskivas Binakis told her he had no contact with his own brother and when money was mentioned, he hung up on her. Patrick then told differing stories to others - that he did have limited contact with George, or that "George was getting better." These obfuscations, contradictory stories, and the obnoxious treatment she suffered at the hand of Patrick finally convinced her that George was a con man and that Patrick was also suspect. But when she went to the police, they claimed they would not investigate because they considered it civil dispute, not a crime they would take on. Prof. Green is adamant that this is exactly the type of problem with law enforcement that needs change and has advocated strongly for police reform in the recognition & prosecution of small scale white collar crimes against citizens. Students can find the complete reading list from Prof. Green's webpage.
For a number of years years this was the official website for the Sidewalk Angels Foundation. Rob Thomas from Matchbox Twenty and his wife, Marisol, established "Sidewalk Angels" whose purpose is to be the primary supporter and sponsor of a number of no-kill animal shelters and animal rescues, reflecting the passion of the foundation’s co-founders to fight for the rights and fair treatment of those with no voice. In addition the foundation supports a myriad of other causes, from childhood health and wellness to the fight against homelessness.
If you have inadvertantly ended up here, the current website for the Sidewalk Angels Foundation is found at: http://www.sidewalkangelsfoundation.org/
or you can also visit:https://www.robthomasmusic.com/sidewalk_angels.
Content is from the site's 2005-2010 archived pages, as well as from other sources.
What's Sidewalk Angels Foundation?
Established by Rob and Marisol Thomas, Sidewalk Angels Foundation is a New York-based non-profit organization that works hand-in-hand with charities in and around America's big cities. Life in the city can be so fast that those in need are often passed by. People who are destitute or homeless and get lost in the system; those who cannot afford proper medical care; animals that have been abandoned or abused -- these are universal problems that Sidewalk Angels encourages people to address locally.
Our first Sidewalk Angels benefit, held at the China Club, in New York CIty, was a great success. It not only helped us raise money but, just as importantly, it helped raise awareness of the great work that Pets Alive does. Thanks again to Jewel, Darryl, Rhett, and everyone who participated in making it such a special night. We look forward to many more, and we believe they'll only get bigger and better with time.
Inspired by the lyrics in Thomas’ evocative holiday2003 song “New York City Christmas,” Sidewalk Angels Foundation has since raised over a million dollars and helped organizations as diverse as Pets Alive, Blythedale Children’s Hospital, The Animal House in Jamaica and private individuals in need.
Rob Thomas -New York Christmas from "New York Christmas" 2003 Atlantic Records usa
Firm in their belief that organizations deeply entrenched in their local communities are the ones best equipped to resolve those communities’ ails, the Thomases are dedicated to helping these grassroots organizations thrive. Sidewalk Angels Foundation selects recipients based on past program success, demonstrable use for future funds and resources, and a shared charitable philosophy.
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See rob Thomas and his wife Marisol playing with the animals of the foundation "pets alive" PetsAlive
Founded by Sara Whalen and run by her and her "volunteer only" staff, pets Alive is a no-kill animal sancturary in Middletown, New York, where our non-human friends can go to be adopted or simply live out their days in the peaceful happy atmosphere provided for them. Whichever they choose. Because they are such a small organization and because every penny that goes into pets Alive goes straight to the animals, there isn't any money left over, for advertising campaigns, or gala fundraisers. Benefits that so many other larger organizations rely on to continue their work. The happiness of our friends here depends solely on the generosity of animal lovers like you. With your help, we can assure that they will not have to struggle through another year. Thanks for supporting what we believe is one of the most special places on earth, and please pass the word on.
Our site is finally up!
After months of getting everything together we are proud to launch the new Sidewalk Angels Foundation web site. We hope that you take some time to learn about Sidewalk Angels and continue to help us impact the lives of countless animals.
We have also just finished a DVD:
TAILS TO REMEMBER is a short documentary featuring Rob and Marisol Thomas on their visit to Pets Alive, a no-kill sanctuary located in Middletown, NY. The film shares the compelling tales of several animals ranging from retired New York City carriage horses to abused and neglected dogs and cats from around the globe. The Pets Alive mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and place animals in need. Rob and Marisol have been actively supporting Pets Alive for several years, making many visits and donations to the organization. TAILS TO REMEMBER premiered at the Sidewalk Angels Benefit in New York City, intended to raise awareness and bring supporters closer to the cause.
The film was directed by Gillian Grisman, who is also producing the forthcoming documentary about Rob Thomas during the making of his first solo endeavor, ...Something to Be.
It’s the 10th Anniversary of VH1 Save the Music!!
Click HERE to see Rob Thomas in a ‘VH1 Save The Music’ Public Service Announcement, where Rob discusses the importance of music education in our schools.
TAILS TO REMEMBER DVD Now Available!
This heartfelt short documentary features Rob and Marisol Thomas on their visit to Pets Alive, a no-kill sanctuary located in Middletown, NY. The film shares the compelling tales of several animals ranging from retired New York City carriage horses to abused and neglected dogs and cats from around the globe. It makes a great gift and a big difference for Pets Alive! This DVD is available FREE with a donation of $25 or more. Pets Alive is currently accepting donations online via credit card or via personal check sent to Pets Alive.
Please go here for more info:http://www.petsalive.com
Sidewalk Angels Foundation Invites You To A Furry Tail Evening
To benefit and raise awareness for Pets Alive Animal Sanctuary
All proceeds go to Pets Alive Sanctuary
A Two Day Event Starting on Saturday October 25, 2008
Saturday October 25th @ 6:30pm
- Cocktail Reception and Formal Dinner
- Benefit Concert Starring Rob Thomas & Chris Daughtry
- Silent Auction – to include Round Robin with Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf
$750 – per person
$7,500 per table
$2,500 – For two, includes meet and greet with Rob Thomas and Chris Daughtry
6:00-6:30pm*To buy tickets email Margaret: Furrytailevening@aol.com
Sunday October 26th
AM -Chance Of A Life Time
ONLY 6 Openings to PLAY ROUND ROBIN for 1 1/2 hours with Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf
How can YOU be one of those 6?
Give a $10,000 Donation (per person) – DONATE NOW!!
*To BUY NOW email Margaret: Furrytailevening@aol.com
October 25th Silent Auction Winners PLAY ROUND ROBIN for 1 1/2 hours
With Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf
- Pets Alive
- Saw Mill Club
Follow Sidewalk Angels Foundation on Twitter!
Sidewalk Angels Foundation is now on Twitter! Follow us to keep up with the latest news and information. You can find us on Twitter @sidewalkangels. And don’t forget to follow Rob @ThisIsRobThomas.
New Message from SWA President Marisol Thomas
Click hereto learn how your support has helped our human and furry friends alike this past year.
Sidewalk Angels Celebrity Emmy Gift Bag 2010 Auction
In honor of the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Hollywood Baskets has generously donated a Celebrity Emmy Gift Bag 2010 valued at over $3K—which includes an SWA tee and thumb drive—for auction. As always, all proceeds for this auction will go directly to the charities we support. Auction ends September 6, 2010. Please click here for more information. Thanks in advance for your support!
Sidewalk Angels Raises Over $1000
Sidewalk Angels held our first unique Dubli auction, raising over $1000 to go to organizations in need. The winner will receive an outstanding package including airfare, hotel accommodations, VIP access and tickets to see Rob’s Las Vegas show on August 14, 2010. Thank you to everyone who made this auction a success, and congratulations to the winner!
Online Store Now Open for Business
Now you can purchase a variety of Sidewalk Angels Foundation merchandise at our brand-new online store at http://bit.ly/swastore. Check it out!
Check out Sidewalk Angels Foundation on Facebook
We’re officially on Facebook! Please visit Facebook.com/sidewalkangels and “Like” us today!
Also be sure to follow us on Twitter atTwitter.com/sidewalkangels