• Claudia Evart, a native New Yorker and resident of Manhattan after losing both of her siblings early in life, felt inspired to create the Siblings Day Foundation (SDF), a tax-exempt organization whose goals include the establishment of a National Siblings Day, to be celebrated annually on April 10, the birthday of her late sister, Lisette.
  • The Siblings Day Foundation is a New York and Massachusetts based organization with the principal office located in Manhattan.  It was incorporated in Massachusetts 1997 and became a not-for-profit organization in January, 1999.
  • In 1996, Congress stripped itself of the authority to create commemoratives leaving sole power to do so in the hands of the president.  During their presidency, George Bush in 2008 and Bill Clinton in 2000 signed a Presidential Message recognizing April 10 as Siblings Day.  A Presidential Proclamation is needed to officially establish April 10th as National Siblings Day.
  • Since 1998, 88 governors have signed gubernatorial proclamations in 40 states including former governors and White House cabinet members – Tom Ridge of PA, Bill Richardson of NM, Janet Napolitano of AZ, Gary Locke of AZ, Christine Todd Whitman of NJ and Tommy Thompson of WI.  These governors alone represent more than 71 percent of the American population and all are in favor of establishment of this day. Senator Edward M. Kennedy had also been a strong supporter of Siblings Day since 1997.
  • The siblings bonds are life-long relationships usually lasting from cradle to grave.  It is  usually the longest relationship of a person’s life and typically much longer than a mother’s and father’s relationship.
  • Mother’s Day (founded by Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia, PA, 1907) and Father’s Day (founded by Mrs. John Dodd of Spokane, WA, 1910) were established over 100 years ago.
  • Siblings Day follows the spirit of Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Grandparent’s Day – a great American tradition and celebration of family-unit values.  It is an uplifting celebration honoring people who have shaped our values, beliefs and ideals.  It is a relationship as equally important as a parent’s relationship. Siblings are the reason we celebrate Mother’s and Father’s Day.
  • Almost one hundred years have gone by without honoring siblings!  By establishing this special day each member of the family unit will be finally recognized on a National Recognition Day (Father’s Day, Mother’s Day and Siblings Day).
  • Because of the blood relationship, we look alike and enjoy feelings of closeness which may never be surpassed in any other relationship.  It is usually the longest relationship of a person’s life (typically much longer than a mother’s and father’s relationship).   We must always remember that the strength of families is vital to the strength of our communities, state and nation.
  • Oprah Winfrey featured and celebrated Siblings Day on her national and international daily television show on April 10, 2007 and the show was repeated on three separate occasions.
  • Siblings Day – a celebration for all ages. It has been recognized as an annual event for thousands of years in Northern India, one African nation and several South Asian countries.
  • Gubernatorial messages: Governor Tom Ridge (PA) on March 1998; Governor Jeb Bush (FL) on April 2001 and Governor Brian Schweitzer (MT) on February 2007, January 2008 and April 2009.
  •  Mayoral messages: NYC Mayor Guiliani in 2001 and Mayor Bloomberg in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Congressional Messages: Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) April 10, 1997, May 3, 2001, April ‘05 & April ‘ 08. Other Messages: Office of Manhattan Borough President, Scott M. Stringer (D-NY) issued a Proclamation on April 10, 2009 to 2011.
  • Siblings Day can be celebrated by sending a card or gift or making a dinner invitation to your siblings on April 10th as done on Mother’s and Father’s Day.  This day does not necessarily have to be attached to a monetary gift.  Individuals can do something special like a good deed or favor, errand or chore for their brother or sister.
  • Siblings Day strengthens the family unit by reminding us that a bond with our siblings is forever a special gift. If you are fortunate enough to have a sibling, you know the relationship has a tremendous impact on our lives.  It is important that we understand how vital it is to cherish, love and respect our brothers and sisters in the tradition that was handed down by our parents and grandparents.