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Sled Drivers

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Erica Hill

Erica is a documentary filmmaker, and private small-business owner who also has experience in the not-for-profit sector. Erica personally worked with and organized donations to PS 188 for three years before the start of the Sled. She has two daughters who attended New York City public schools. 

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Rana Strazza

Rana is a writer, and the founding director of a developmental theater, having spent a decade producing large scale corporate, private, and theatrical events. She is a Development Trustee of a non-profit expanding opportunities in housing, health, and human rights. She has two public-schooled daughters and has years-long history with PS 188.

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Lisa Gottheil

Lisa has worked in the music business for 30 years and is part-owner of a PR firm in that industry.  She is on the board of a non-profit that works to fund education for nurses working on bone marrow transplant units. She has worked with PS 188 for four years and has two children who attend NYC public schools.

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Katie Sperling

Katie is a former adjunct assistant professor at Columbia and has held positions as PTA president, Treasurer and Fundraiser at three public schools. She served on a Joint Task Force for Gifted and Talented Education chaired by Borough Presidents Diaz and Adams. She has two graduates of NYC public-school education.

The Story of Our First Ride

The Sled got its start on November 19, 2019 when The New York Times featured a story on the day-in-the-life of two of New York City's 114,085 homeless students. The children in the article, Sandival and Darnell attend PS 188 on Manhattan's Lower East Side and PS 76 in East Harlem. That very day, an annual holiday drive for PS 188
(that was inspired by this story) was canceled.

Hearing the schoolchildren's wishes would go unfulfilled, a few resourceful friends decided to take on the wishes of both schools. They added two more schools, and ultimately fulfilled over 1000 wishes while raising $55,000 in an expanded effort to make the season especially bright.

With the coronavirus pandemic, these 'Sugarplum Fairies' came back in new tracks. The Sled Drivers deliver essential, emergency relief to children and families experiencing crises across every season. Still, each holiday, they - and their
Fairy Force - sprinkle more of the magic that started it all.

Sled Sponsors

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Hop on.
Help out.

Get onboard the Sled!
Contact us to volunteer or sponsor the Sled Drives. Help deliver holiday cheer and earn your Sugarplum Fairy Wings at 'Flap and Wrap' events this holiday season!

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Thanks for Sledding!

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