“The Adventures of Phatty and Payaso: Central Park” Book Launch

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Brian Williams and Marie Unanue

On Wednesday, September 12, Marie Unanue launched her children’s book, “The Adventures of Phatty and Payaso: Central Park” and accompanying #LetsAllBeKind campaign in partnership with Same Sky,  a foundation founded by Francine LeFrak dedicated to helping women in the US and Rwanda through trade initiative.

The philanthropic event centered on a conversation between Marie Unanue and Brian Williams of NBC discussing why helping kids learn more kindness is so crucial to impacting our world. Much like Same Sky puts forth that all women should have the chance to thrive, Unanue hopes to help children learn that their future successes hinge on their abilities to treat kindly their peers. The #LetsAllBeKind campaign invites families to use social media for a positive purpose, instead of bullying.

Click to order The Adventures of Phatty and Payaso: Central Park.

The sales from the book were all donated to Same Sky to aid in their mission to impact women and families the world over.

Marie Unanue is a “Kindness Advocate” helping to create events where important role models can connect with students to show them the importance of living out kindness daily. She recently worked with Justin Tuck (former NY Giant NFL player) to speak to hundreds of families at Notre Dame University on this topic, and will soon be speaking to the Toms River, New Jersey school district as the keynote for an event also featuring Gaten Matarazzo (Stranger Things) and Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) meant to encourage students to form positive relationships. To find out more about her work, you can visit www.letsallbekind.com.

Brian Williams, Marie Unanue, and Jane Williams
Marie Unanue, Sarah Rose Summers, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, and Francine LeFrak
Jane Pontarelli and Cynthia Maltese
Denise LeFrak, David Hochberg, and Francine LeFrak
Molly McGarry and Susan Duftler
L to R.: Walter Illy; Michael Lynch
Wendy Holmes and Liz Elting
Diana Thompson and Julie Hayek
Bree Sheahan, Isabel Ushery, and Ellen O’Mara
Erin Nicholson and Amanda Stein
Autumn Adeigbo, Sarah Rose Summers, and Dani Ticktin
Monica Mandelli and Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters
Steve O’Mara, Mark Karras, and Nicole Karras
Andy Unanue and Jane Williams
Tom Wickersham and Sara Wigal
Ose Genovese and Leslie Mastin
Steve Brett and Sean Lane
Victoria Furman and Joan Ginsburg
Jim and Sally Craigie
Kim Brizzolara and Carol Penn
Keara Jenkins and Lindsay Hartelius
Louis Vele and Zulema Wiscovitch
Peter and Irene Lowenkron
David Nastasi and Michael Stone
Jose Santa Maria
Milly Almodovar
Sarah Rose Summers, Rick Friedberg, Francine LeFrak, and Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters
L to R.: Stephen and Michelle Dizard; Michael Stone and Patty Damico
Marie Unanue and Suzie Aijala
Thomas Tolan and Marie Unanue
Cynthia Ott, Francine LeFrak, and Elizabeth Fekkai
L to R.: Isabel and David Ushery; Marie Unanue and Kristen Krusen
Jane Williams and Francine LeFrak
Rick Friedberg, Michelle Brown, and Greg Brown
John and Sarah Hynes
Callie and Jim Gates
Alison Murray, Mary Kush, and Lee Habbershon

Photographs by David DuPuy/AnnieWatt.com

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