This Week in Philanthropy: A Missing Piano, a $100M Mansion…and Jon Stewart

July 08, 2011 at 6:05 pm

In the Bronx, the case of a missing piano has been solved. The Parks Department, not thieves, are behind its disappearance. Flickr/Ed Yourdon.

In the Bronx, the case of a missing 500-pound white piano has been solved. The piano, one of dozens on display in public parks throughout the city courtesy of non-profit Sing for Hope, was not stolen as originally reported. It was Parks Department workers who carted the piano away after it was vandalized and tipped over, according to the New York Times.

The fortune of New York socialite Huguette Clark, who died in May at the age of 104, has been valued at $400 million. Her will instructs that Bellosguardo, a $100-million Santa Barbara, Calif. mansion owned by Clark, be established as a museum that will showcase art from her private collection, which includes works by Monet, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Schneiderman targets Breast Cancer Charity. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a lawsuit this week against the Coalition Against Breast Cancer. Schneiderman claimed that the organization misappropriated $9.1-million it raised over five years, according to Legal Newswire.

Daily Show host Jon Stewart with the United Cerebral Palsy of New York City team at the Achilles Hope & Possibility Race on Jun. 26. Photo courtesy of Lois Silver.

Stewart’s Day Off. When he’s not making people laugh, he’s giving back. On Sunday, June 26 Jon Stewart joined a team from the United Cerebral Palsy of New York City at the Achilles Hope & Possibility Race, according to Look to the Stars, a blog about the charitable acts of celebrities.

Upcoming Event: Team Fox is holding “The War on Parkinson’s Softball Game” on July 9th and they 
need volunteers.

“By supporting my Team Fox efforts, you are helping The 
Michael J. Fox Foundation achieve its mission to bring better treatments and, 
ultimately, a cure to people living with Parkinson’s disease,” said top Team Fox fundraiser Mike Costa. The game starts 
at 2 p.m. and there will be an auction after the game.

What: The War on Parkinson’s Softball Game 
When: July 9, 2011 at 2 p.m. 

Where: Heckscher Ballfield at Central Park (New York, NY) 
For more information about this event or volunteering for future  Team Fox 
events, visit or visit Mike Costa’s personal Team Fox page.

If you have philanthropy news to share or you need volunteers, please email with “Philanthropy News Roundup” in the subject line.

Jessica Abo is an anchor and reporter for NY1 News.