Thirty years ago, The Friends of Matheny, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, was formed by a small group of volunteers in the surrounding community. The dedication and hard work of its members has resulted in multiple awards.

Over the years, the Friends of Matheny have funded the renovation of the lobby in the main building and a new lobby in The Robert Schonhorn Arts Center; a courtyard garden and waiting area in the Center of Medicine and Dentistry; purchased numerous accessible vans; purchased adaptive and therapeutic equipment; outfitted Matheny sports teams; provided funding for students to attend special events and performances; and much, much more.

While the Second Chance Shop and generous donations help make funding these special items and events possible, a great deal of money also comes from fundraising special events. Past events include Oktoberfest, the Matheny Bowl, the Iris Ball, Camp Wannahavefun, and wine tastings. These events are a lot of fun and bring those who donate and volunteer together to celebrate and support Matheny's children and adults.


  • President – Liz Geraghty
  • Treasurer – Nancy Cruse
  • Recording Secretary – Jean Wadsworth
  • Corresponding Secretary – Lisa Novella
  • VP Allocations – Helen Fallone
  • VP Community & School Services – Gail Cunningham
  • VP Membership – Dorothy Carter, Nancy
  • Hojnacki, Karen Thompson
  • Public Relations – Cathy Wild, Renee Wild
  • Second Chance Shop – Linda Horton
  • Junior Friends of Matheny – Kathy Sisto,
  • Edana Desatnick
  • Staff Liaison – Gail Cunningham