Donations in Memory of Claire Ann Schwarz

Shared by Eric Schwarz on 9th February 2014

If you should be so inclined to support an organization in memory of Claire Ann Schwarz, I thank you very much. I have three recommendations, based on my mother's own activism and deep concern for children. -- Eric Schwarz

  Birthright International: My mom volunteered 30+ years ago as a hotline volunteer for Birthright International, a nonprofit, charitable organization providing non-judgmental support to women facing unplanned pregnancies. Unfortunately, there is no option to donate directly online, but you can donate by contacting the organization's headquarters (click How to Donate). Or use the location finder. In that case type the full name of the state (new jersey, pennsylvania, etc.) and pick United States for the country.

The March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency whose volunteers and staff work to improve the health of infants and children by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes funds programs of research, community services, education and advocacy. You can donate online, or if you wish to call or mail a donation, or donate to a particular chapter, see the organization's contact page.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has a mission to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Founded in 1962 by the entertainer Danny Thomas, the hospital never denies treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay. The hospital's donation page has an online option, as well as a phone number to call and a link to download a mail-in donation form.

A trip to New York

Shared by Eric Schwarz on 2nd February 2014

The only time I went with my parents to New York City was in 1985 or 1986, taking the bus from Atlantic City. I had pestered them, and they relented, to take me to the Museum of Broadcasting (now the Paley Center for Media), so I could see some of the programs featured in the big 1984 exhibit, Lucille Ball: First Lady of Comedy. Then (and now) you had/have to go to the museum to see their exclusive curated archive of decades and decades of radio and TV broadcasts. It was a great day for me. While I was glued to the monitor watching Lucy (perhaps her Q&A that she did for the exhibit, or perhaps The Good Years, which aired once in 1962), my parents went over to Central Park for a horse-drawn carriage ride. It wasn't often that they did romantic things like that, so I hope my dad still remembers that day fondly.

Then later we went to a burger restaurant right one or two doors down from the museum on 53rd Street. Maybe Burger Heaven (?). People who know the Schwarzes know that we're a burger family (if there are no cheesesteaks around).

Unfortunately, we didn't take any pictures that day. 

I Love Lucy at the Showboat

Shared by Eric Schwarz on 2nd February 2014

This photo was from November 2002 at the Showboat Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, when the I Love Lucy set went on tour (memorialized on the Lucy fan club site at It was also the date my parents met my partner, Seth (he and I had met in July).

Those who know me, know that I'm a lifelong Lucy fan. I can't say my parents and brother shared the same passion for Lucy, but my mom was supportive and enjoyed watching Lucy with me (especially Lucy's maudlin movie The Big Street). Mom also came with me to see Lucie Arnaz once or twice when Lucie was performing regularly in Atlantic City. 

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