Author: Michelle Lynch

Franklin O.L. Steinberg

Franklin O.L. Steinberg

Franklin O.L. Steinberg was dedicated to funeral service, having served as president and owner of Sunset Chapels in Manhasset, NY. He served on the New York State Funeral Directors Association (NYSFDA) Board of Directors for several years and was a board member of the Metropolitan Funeral Directors Association (MetFDA). Franklin passed away in 2018 at the age of 83. Upon his death, the Tribute Foundation was named as a beneficiary entitled to a portion of his Trust estate.

Franklin was a great believer of education, valued his colleagues and enjoyed any opportunity to gather together. You would always find him at the NYSFDA Annual Convention. He especially enjoyed events at the casino. Beginning in 2021, educational programming at NYSFDA Conventions is provided by the NYS Tribute Foundation, thanks in part to Franklin’s generous donation.

In addition, the Tribute Foundation is pleased to provide financial support to qualified mortuary science students who reside in the state of New York and are enrolled in accredited mortuary science programs. Eligibility includes first- and second-year students, online students, and students working toward a BS degree in the Mortuary Science field of study. Find out more about this scholarship.

Our Generous Donors

Our Generous Donors

Thank you to our contributors who have made donations to the Tribute Foundation in 2021-2022. The levels at which they are listed are “cumulative” from the Foundation’s beginning. Gifts of Remembrance and Gifts in Honor and Celebration are also cumulative and count toward the levels of giving.

Tribute Legacy Society | $10,000 or more

  • Wayne and Sally Baxter | Fox Funeral Home, Forest Hills
  • Douglas, Martha and Lillian Brueggemann | Brueggemann Funeral Home of East Northport, Inc., East Northport
  • James P. Dean | Campbell-Dean Funeral Home, Inc., Oneida
  • Timothy P. Doyle, CFSP | Timothy P. Doyle Funeral Home, Poughkeepsie
  • Dutchess-Putnam-Ulster Funeral Directors Association
  • Finger Lakes Funeral Directors Association
  • William F. Flooks, Jr. | Beecher Flooks Funeral Home, Inc., Pleasantville
  • Jeffrey A. and Robin Jennings | Jennings, Nulton & Mattle Funeral Home, Inc., Penfield
  • Leatherstocking Funeral Directors Association
  • Peter J. Nolan, Mark Nolan and James P. Nolan, Jr. | Nolan & Taylor-Howe Funeral Home, Inc., Northport
  • Ontario-Wayne-Yates County Funeral Directors Association
  • Richard J. and JoAnne Sullivan | Quigley-Sullivan Funeral Home, Inc., Cornwall-On-Hudson

Cornerstone Benefactor | $5,000 – $9,999

  • Scott B. Anthony, CFSP | Anthony Funeral & Cremation Chapels, Webster
  • Capital District Funeral Directors Association
  • Robert and Mimi Enos | Hoy Funeral Home, West Seneca
  • Erie-Niagara Funeral Directors Association
  • Salvatore A. Farenga | Farenga Bros., Inc., Bronx
  • John Fraser | Holy Rosary Church, Hawthorne
  • Henry Gutterman | New York
  • Josh E. Miller | Miller Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc. of Victor, Rochester
  • Scott and Eben Miller | Miller Printing & Litho, Inc., Amsterdam
  • Joseph B. Papavero | Papavero Funeral Home, Maspeth
  • Wesley A. and Wesley C. Powell | Powell Funeral Home, Inc., Amityville
  • Sal Stratis | Abigal Press
  • G. Robert Sweet | Sweet’s Funeral Home, Inc., Hyde Park
  • Gordon and Joan Terry | Edmeston
  • Carl W. Trainor | Trainor Funeral Home, Inc., Boonville

Medallion Circle | $2,500 – $4,999

  • Sharon D’ Ambrosio | Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena
  • Joseph Dietrich | Dietrich Funeral Home, Inc., Amherst
  • Chad W. Green | Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena
  • Nancy Eannace | Eannace Funeral Home, Inc., Utica
  • Jeff and Peggy Gaines | Glen Rock, NJ
  • Ayris Granby | Granby’s Funeral Service, Inc., Bronx
  • Bruce Ironside | Ironside Funeral Home, Inc., Oneida
  • Bruce K. Mason | Mason Funeral Home, Fort Ann
  • John and Susan Kelly | Edward L. Kelly Funeral Home, Schroon Lake
  • Patricia Knight Scholl | Keegan-Osbelt-Knight Funeral Home, Inc., Syracuse
  • Melissa A. Sorce-DeNicola | Joseph W. Sorce Funeral Home, Inc.
  • Doug and Sharon Wilson | Norwich

Keystone Contributor | $1,000 – $2,499

  • Fred Bryant | Bryant Funeral Home, Inc., East Setauket
  • Peter Cassidy | McHoul Funeral Home, Hopewell Junction
  • Curtis Cunningham and Scott Zielonko | A.J. Cunningham Funeral Home, Greenville
  • Peter C. DeLuca and Gregory Zannitto | Greenwich Village Funeral Home, Inc., New York
  • Dick and Donna Hazzard | Patterson
  • Anthony J. Ingrassia | Ralston-Lippincott-Hasbrouk-Ingrassia Funeral Home, Inc., Middletown
  • Victor J. LoGiudice, CFSP | Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Homes, Floral Park
  • The McVeigh and Parente Families | McVeigh Funeral Home, Inc., Albany
  • William and Patrick McCormack | J.A. McCormack Sons Funeral Home, Inc., Binghamton
  • Nassau-Suffolk Funeral Directors Association
  • Phil, Mike and David Perotto | Bartolomeo & Perotto Funeral Home, Inc., Rochester
  • Mark T. Phillips | William J. Burke & Sons, Saratoga Springs
  • Cynthia Root | Fowler Funeral Home, Inc., Brockport
  • Kathleen Sanvidge | Townley & Wheeler Funeral Home, Ballston Lake
  • Richard A. Werth | Churchville

Tribute Pioneer | $500 – $999

  • Gregory Apostle | Riverdale Funeral Home, Inc., New York
  • Billings Memorial, Inc. | Pine Bush
  • John H. Cannon | Cannon Funeral Home, LLC, Albany
  • Colonial Memorial Funeral Home | Woodbourne
  • Donna DeMarse | Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ltd., Cohoes
  • John Gawronski | Wilson Funeral Home, Norwich
  • Michael Goodman | Hammill Funeral Home, Winthrop
  • Lester R. Grummons | Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta
  • Anita Torsone Freer | Michael Torsone Memorial Funeral Home, Inc., Highland
  • Howard L. Hallett | Austin F. Knowles, Inc. Funeral Home
  • Patrick Halvey | Riverview Funeral Home by Halvey, LLC, Beacon
  • Michael A. Heredia | Conway Funeral Home, Jackson Heights
  • Larry R. and Katie House | Hufcut Funeral Home, Dover Plains
  • Chuck and Nickie Kross | Port Richie, FL
  • Patricia Maure-Troise | Marinello Funeral Home, LLC, Coram
  • Douglas A.A. McHoul | McHoul Funeral Home of Fishkill, Inc., Fishkill
  • Mary Ann McHoul Menuau | McHoul Funeral Home, Inc. Hopewell Junction
  • Josh E. Miller | Miller Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc. of Victor, Victor
  • Vincent J. Miller | William G. Miller Funeral and Son Funeral Home, Pougkeepsie
  • Joseph Neufeld | Gerard J. Neufeld, Inc., Elmhurst
  • John C. Patterson | Edward C. Finn Funeral Home, Inc., Stony Point
  • Peter J. Rose | Betz, Rossi, Bellinger & Stewart Family Funeral Homes, Amsterdam
  • Joseph J. Smith | Joseph J. Smith Funeral Home, Inc., Mahopac
  • Bruce and Eleanor Troy | Burnett & White Funeral Homes, Red Hook


Foundation Fellow | $250 – $499

  • Scott Anthony | Webster
  • Nancy Coffey | Coffey Funeral Home, Inc.
  • Jean B. Davis | Theresa
  • Homer Dick, Jr. | Vandercher & Dick Funeral Home, Buffalo
  • Don E. Falardeau | Falardeau Funeral Home, Inc., Baldwinsville
  • John G. Flynn | Cassidy-Flynn Funeral Home, Inc., Mt. Kisco
  • Timothy J. Gardner | F.E. Brown Sons Funeral Home, Inc., Orchard Park
  • James R. Gray | James R. Gray Funeral Home, Rochester
  • Deborah Halgas | Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home, Inc., Johnstown
  • John L. Heyer | Scotto Funeral Home, Brooklyn and Scotto and Heyer Funeral Directors, Staten Island
  • William C. Kallinikos | Towers Funeral Home, Inc., Oceanside
  • Charles and Mary King | Robert N. King Funeral Home, Granville
  • Michelle Ironside Kinville | Ironside Funeral Home, Inc., Oneida
  • Mark and Jane Levine | Levine Memorial Chapel Inc., Albany
  • Beatrice E. Lewanduski-Lecesse | West Babylon
  • Douglas McHoul | McHoul Funeral Home, Fishkill
  • Ellen McNulty-Ryan | McNulty Funeral Home, Green Island
  • Mary Ann McHoul Menuau | McHoul Funeral Home, Hopewell Junction
  • Paul L. Murphy | Paul L. Murphy & Sons Funeral Home, Newark
  • Eric and Erna Newman | W.E. Authenrith Sons, Inc., Newport
  • John and Kathleen Pietrobono | Heller & Skinner Funeral Home, Worchester
  • Mark LaRobardiere | LaRobardiere Funeral Home, Inc., Camden
  • Dorothy C. Pacimeo-Comodore | McManus-Lorey Funeral Home, Medford
  • Douglas G. Tappan | Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Homes, Inc., Phoenix
  • Harry VanVliet | Gilpatric-VanVliet Funeral Home, Ulster Park

Friend of the Foundation | $100 – $249

  • John D. Badman | Butler-Badman Funeral Home, Syracuse
  • Joseph E. Camolli | Krause Funeral Home, Inc., Franklin Square
  • Stephanie Carlone | Dorsey-Carlone Funeral Home, Peekskill
  • R. Dennis Casey | Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home, Olean
  • Adrian Dowdle | Dowdle Funeral Home, Oswego
  • Melissa Drake-Messina | American Funeral Consultants, New Paltz
  • Donald Edmunds and James Friedel | Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral and Cremation Services, New Hartford
  • Shawn A. Fahey | Estey, Munroe & Fahey Funeral Home, Owego
  • Joseph Fritsch | Ernest H. Parsons Funeral Home, Binghamton
  • Vincent Fronczek | Parker Bros. Memorial Funeral Home Inc., Watervliet
  • Matthew D. Hazzard | Joseph J. Smith Funeral Home, Inc., Mahopac
  • Don Kalec | Kalec Funeral Home Inc., Elmira
  • Michael Kelly | Doran Funeral Home, Seneca Falls
  • Gary J. Lasher | Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home, Monticello
  • Jennifer A. Lee | Lee’s Funeral Home, LLC, White Plains
  • David B. Mitchell | Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., Albion
  • Martin G. Ray | Ray Funeral Service, Inc.
  • William Scheider | Chopyak-Scheider Funeral Home, Inc., Binghamton
  • William L. Trudden | McCourt & Trudden Funeral Home, Inc., Farmingdale
  • Kimberly Walthall | Trinity Funeral Service, LLC, White Plains

Tributes in Honor

In Honor of President John J. Kelly
  • Timothy P. Doyle
In Honor of President Robert Hogan
  • Timothy P. Doyle

Tributes in Memory

In Memory of Shawn Auchmoody
  • Douglas A.A. McHoul
  • Mary Ann McHoul Menuau
  • Richard and JoAnne Sullivan
In Memory of Frank R. Basile, Sr.
  • Richard and JoAnne Sullivan
In Memory of Wayne Baxter
  • Scott Anthony
  • Doug and Martha Brueggemann
  • Don and Francee Calarco
  • Peter DeLuca
  • Timothy P. Doyle
  • Henry Gutterman
  • Donna Hazzard
  • Beatrice E. Lewanduski-Lecesse
  • Anthony and Lynne Martino
  • S. Scott Mason
  • The McVeigh and Parente Families
  • Nassau Suffolk Funeral Directors Association
  • Wesley “Andy” Powell
  • Patricia Knight Scholl
  • Richard and JoAnne Sullivan
  • Doug and Sharon Wilson
In Memory of Bruce P. Bombard
  • Chad Green
In Memory of Kacie Yvonne Buchanan
  • Martha and Doug Brueggemann
  • Timothy P. Doyle
  • Nassau-Suffolk Funeral Directors Association
  • Richard and JoAnne Sullivan
  • Gordon and Joan Terry
In Memory of Louis Biundo
  • Nassau-Suffolk Funeral Directors Association
In Memory of Frank J. Buehler
  • Nassau-Suffolk Funeral Directors Association
In Memory of Frank Carlino
  • The McVeigh and Parente Families
In Memory of William H. Cassidy
  • Nassau-Suffolk Funeral Directors Association
In Memory of John H. Domin
  • Erie Niagara Funeral Directors Association
In Memory of Sean Doyle
  • Gregory Apostle
  • Doug and Martha Brueggemann
  • Walter and Diane Kent
  • Beatrice Lewanduski-Lecesse
  • S. Scott Mason
  • The McVeigh and Parente Families
  • Phil, David and Michael Perotto
  • Richard and JoAnne Sullivan
  • Gordon and Joan Terry
  • Doug and Sharon Wilson
In Memory of Charles Each
  • Gregory Apostle
In Memory of Paul Foster
  • Timothy P. Doyle
In Memory of Raymond Fuller
  • Timothy P. Doyle
  • The McVeigh and Parente Families
  • Richard and JoAnne Sullivan
In Memory of Claire Gaines
  • Peggy and Jeff Gaines
In Memory of Kenneth Giek
  • Donna Hazzard
  • Richard and JoAnne Sullivan
In Memory of James Gilpatric
  • Harry VanVliet IV
In Memory of Noe Hammer
  • Betz, Rossi Bellinger & Stewart Family Funeral Home
  • Jack Conway
  • Timothy P. Doyle
  • Dutchess-Putnam-Ulster Funeral Directors Association
  • Peter J. Rose
In Memory of Richard T. Hazzard
  • Scott B. Anthony
  • Doug and Martha Brueggemann
  • Bud and Mickey Dick
  • Jay and Edie Dixon
  • Dutchess-Putnam-Ulster Funeral Directors Association
  • Henry Gutterman
  • Matthew Hazzard
  • Larry and Katie House
  • Chuck and Nickie Kross
  • Beatrice Lewanduski-Lecesse
  • S. Scott Mason
  • McHoul Funeral Home, Inc.
  • The McVeigh and Parente Families
  • Wesley “Andy” Powell
  • Patricia Knight Scholl
  • Richard and JoAnne Sullivan
  • Rob Sweet
  • Gordon and Joan Terry
  • Bruce and Eleanor Troy
  • Richard Werth
  • Doug and Sharon Wilson
In Memory of Joseph Heredia
  • Gregory Apostle
In Memory of Thomas “Tom” Hynes
  • Leatherstocking Funeral Directors Association
In Memory of Dennis Kazmierczak
  • Erie-Niagara Funeral Directors Association
In Memory of Donald Knight
  • Doug and Martha Brueggemann
  • Timothy P. Doyle
  • Dick and Donna Hazzard
  • The McVeigh/Parente Family
  • Patty, David and Tim Scholl
  • Richard and JoAnne Sullivan
  • Gordon and Joan Terry
  • Doug and Sharon Wilson
In Memory of Sheila M. Knight
  • NYSFDA Past Presidents
  • The Parente and McVeigh Families
In Memory of Theodore Jay “Teddy” Lee, Jr.
  • Peter C. DeLuca
  • Henry Gutterman
In Memory of Anthony M. LiCausi
  • Nassau Suffolk Funeral Directors Association
In Memory of Vince Lolaccono
  • Gregory Apostle
  • Salvatore A. Farenga
  • Henry Gutterman
In Memory of Dean L. Lutomski
  • Doug and Martha Brueggemann
  • Richard and JoAnne Sullivan
In Memory of James “Jim” Magee
  • Leatherstocking Funeral Directors Association
In Memory of Margaret Martin
  • Doug and Martha Brueggemann
  • Robert and Mimi Enos
  • The McVeigh and Parente Families
  • NYSFDA Past Presidents
  • Richard and JoAnne Sullivan
In Memory of Joseph Martino
  • Henry Gutterman
In Memory of Margaret L. McCormack
  • Wayne and Sally Baxter
  • Doug and Martha Brueggemann
  • Dick and Donna Hazzard
  • Richard and JoAnne Sullivan
In Memory of Edward C. McElhone, Sr
  • Nassau-Suffolk Funeral Directors Association
In Memory of James E. McQuade
  • Peter C. DeLuca
In Memory of William “Bill” E. McVeigh, Sr.
  • Doug and Martha Brueggemann
  • Beth Burlingame
  • Don and Francee Calarco
  • Sharon D’Ambrosio
  • Timothy P. Doyle
  • Don Edmunds and Jim Friedel
  • Henry Gutterman
  • Mark and Jane Levine
  • Beatrice Lewanduski-Lecesse
  • William and Patrick McCormack
  • Ellen McNulty-Ryan
  • Vincent Miller
  • Paul Murphy
  • Phil, David and Mike Perotto
  • Dawn Pierce
  • Wesley “Andy” Powell
  • James Robson
  • Patricia Knight Scholl
  • Richard and JoAnne Sullivan
  • Gordon and Joan Terry
  • Sharon and Doug Wilson
In Memory of Conrad Metzger
  • Gregory Apostle
In Memory of David Miller
  • Erie-Niagara Funeral Directors Association
In Memory of Edward Miller
  • Erie-Niagara Funeral Directors Association
In Memory of Christopher Miller
  • Erie-Niagara Funeral Directors Association
In Memory of James P. Nolan, Jr.
  • Scott Anthony
  • Gregory Apostle
  • Doug and Martha Brueggemann
  • Brueggemann Funeral Home of East Northport, Inc.
  • Marion and Jack Conway
  • Timothy P. Doyle
  • Robert and Mimi Enos
  • Henry Gutterman
  • Dick and Donna Hazzard
  • Jeff and Robin Jennings
  • Anthony and Lynne Martino
  • S. Scott Mason
  • The McVeigh and Parente Families
  • Josh E. Miller
  • Nassau-Suffolk Funeral Directors Association
  • Phil, Mike and David Perotto
  • Patricia Knight Scholl
  • Richard and JoAnne Sullivan
  • Gordon and Joan Terry
In Memory of Pamela Long Nolan
  • Gregory Apostle
  • Doug and Martha Brueggemann
  • Brueggemann Funeral Home of East Northport, Inc.
  • Marion and Jack Conway
  • Timothy P. Doyle
  • Robert and Mimi Enos
  • Salvatore A. Farenga
  • Henry Gutterman
  • Dick and Donna Hazzard
  • Jeff and Robin Jennings
  • Walter J. Kent
  • Anthony and Lynne Martino
  • The McVeigh and Parente Families
  • Nassau-Suffolk Funeral Directors Association
  • Phillip, Mike and David Perotto
  • Peter J. Rose
  • Richard and JoAnne Sullivan
  • Gordon and Joan Terry
In Memory of Joseph Noll
  • Martha and Doug Brueggemann
  • Beatrice Lewanduski-Lecesse
  • Nassau-Suffolk Funeral Directors Association
  • Richard and JoAnne Sullivan
  • Gordon and Joan Terry
In Memory of Todd Pacer
  • Erie-Niagara Funeral Directors Association
In Memory of Robert Parks
  • The McVeigh and Parente Families
In Memory of Kenneth Peterson
  • Dutchess Putnam Ulster Funeral Directors Association
  • G. Robert Sweet
  • Harry VanVliet IV
In Memory of Dr. Vanderlyn R. Pine
  • American Funeral Consultants
  • Melissa Drake-Messina
  • Henry Gutterman
  • Rosemary Vander Sal
  • Courtney Williams
  • Kathy and Charles Williams
In Memory of John Plonka
  • Michael Goodman
In Memory of Harry Pontone
  • Gregory Apostle
  • Peter C. DeLuca
  • Henry Gutterman
In Memory of Sara Powell
  • Doug and Martha Brueggemann
  • Robert and Mimi Enos
  • Dick and Donna Hazzard
  • Jeff and Robin Jennings
  • Beatrice Lewanduski-Lecesse
  • Nassau-Suffolk Funeral Directors Association
  • Richard and JoAnne Sullivan
  • Gordon and Joan Terry
In Memory of Eileen Price
  • Doug and Martha Brueggemann
  • Richard and JoAnne Sullivan
In Memory of Consuelo E. Ravello
  • Nassau-Suffolk Funeral Directors Association
In Memory of Thomas Riddle
  • Henry Gutterman
In Memory of James A. Reed
  • Martha and Doug Brueggemann
  • Nassau-Suffolk Funeral Directors Association
In Memory of Warren H. Riles, CFSP
  • Dick and Donna Hazzard
  • The McVeigh and Parente Families
  • Richard and JoAnne Sullivan
  • Gordon and Joan Terry
  • Doug and Sharon Wilson
In Memory of Anna Scamardella
  • Gregory Apostle
  • Henry Gutterman
In Memory of Mildred Chopyak Scheider
  • William and Nikki Scheider
In Memory of Gene Smith
  • Gregory Apostle
In Memory of Jean Smith
  • Richard and Donna Hazzard
In Memory of Larry Spaulding
  • Michael Goodman
In Memory of Anthony Speciale
  • Doug and Martha Brueggemann
  • Douglas McHoul
  • Mary Ann McHoul Menuau
  • Richard and JoAnne Sullivan
In Memory of Larry Stanimer
  • Gordon and Joan Terry
In Memory of Franklin O.L. Steinberg
  • Henry Gutterman
  • Dick and Donna Hazzard
  • Richard and JoAnne Sullivan
  • Gordon and Joan Terry
In Memory of Arthur T. Sullivan
  • Richard and JoAnne Sullivan
In Memory of Raymond J. Sullivan
  • Richard and JoAnne Sullivan
In Memory of Charlotte von Glahn
  • Nassau Suffolk Funeral Directors Association
In Memory of Randall “Randy” Way
  • Martha and Doug Brueggemann
In Memory of James Weeks
  • The McVeigh and Parente Families

Leadership & Staff

Leadership & Staff

Michael J. Gorton, Jr. | Chair
McManus-Lorey Funeral Home, Medford

Scott C. Hendrix | Secretary/Treasurer
Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., Ilion

John H. Cannon
Cannon Funeral Home LLC, Albany

Terry Comeau
Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., Hudson Falls

Nicholas A. Farenga
Farenga Bros., Inc., Bronx

Jason Harrington
Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Inc./Carpenter-Stoodley, Inc. Funeral Home, Watertown

Mary King
Robert M. King Funeral Home, Granville

Robin Jennings
Jennings, Nulton & Mattle Funeral Home, Inc., Penfield

Daniel B. McManus, CFSP
Clark Associates Funeral Home, Katonah

Josh E. Miller
Miller Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc. of Victor, Victor

Jeffrey Reed
Mount Calvary Cemetery Group, Cheektowaga

David Roberts
Utica College, Utica

Delvena Rogers
Owens-Pavlot & Rogers Funeral Service, Inc., Clinton

Rev. John Tallman
McVeigh Funeral Home, Inc./Parker Bros. Memorial Funeral Home, Inc., Albany

Staff

Kelly Deitz
Director

Michelle Mora
Member Services Specialist

Mike Lanotte
President

News

News

Tribute Foundation to Collaborate with National Alliance for Children’s Grief

The Tribute Foundation Board met via Zoom on Wednesday, March 23. During this meeting they discussed and approved a partnership with the National Alliance for Children’s Grief (NACG). The NACG is a nonprofit organization that raises awareness about the needs of children and teens who are grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who supports them. Through their members’ and partners’ collective voices, they educate, advocate, and raise awareness about childhood bereavement. The NACG is a nationwide network comprised of professionals, institutions, and volunteers who promote best practices, educational programming, and critical resources to facilitate the mental, emotional, and physical health of grieving children and their families.

This partnership with NACG will include three separate initiatives aimed at sharing resources with New York State funeral service professionals:

  • When Someone Dies: Supporting Children through Funerals and Memorials resource: NACG will create a resource toolkit for professionals and families that makes a point of connection during the planning, event, and follow-up of funerals and memorials. The resource toolkit can be printed and distributed by NYSFDA members.
  • Education webinar: The NACG will develop an educational webinar specifically for NYSFDA members designed to provide information and tools for supporting grieving children.
  • Presentation at NYSFDA Convention: NACG will provide a presentation that will address meeting the needs of children and teens following a death of someone in their life.

“We’re excited about this new partnership,” said Michael J. Gorton, Jr., CFSP, NYS Tribute Foundation Chair. “We’ve been researching ways to effectively provide grief support for children experiencing loss, and with NACG’s resources and experience we’re well-positioned to be able to do that now. And what a way to honor Franklin’s (O.L. Steinberg) legacy.”


NYS Tribute Foundation Board Meets

July 2021 – During their bi-annual meeting last month, the NYS Tribute Foundation Board discussed and moved forward on several items.

Board Transitions

Michael O’Connor (Abigal), Peter Rose (Betz, Rossi, Bellinger & Stewart Family Funeral Homes) and JoAnne Sullivan (Cemetery of the Highlands, Inc.; Quigley-Sullivan Funeral Home, Inc.) have fulfilled their two-term limit serving a total of six years each. Their time, dedication and representation were acknowledged and appreciated. With the three outgoing board members, the board reviewed and discussed filling the open seats, and were excited to have a diverse slate of candidates.

As of August 23, 2021, the following professionals will join the Tribute Board:

  • Jason Harrington | Licensed Funeral Director, Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Inc./Carpenter-Stoodley, Inc. Funeral Home
  • Mary King | Licensed Funeral Director, Robert M. King Funeral Home
  • Robin Jennings | Licensed Funeral Director, Former Educator, Jennings, Nulton & Mattle Funeral Home, Inc.
  • Jeffrey Reed | Mount Calvary Cemetery Group
  • Dave Roberts | Bereavement Specialist, Professor at Utica College
  • Carol Townsend-Ross | Westchester Hospice

Following the selection of new Board members, the board held a vote to fill the Chair and Secretary/Treasurer positions. Michael Gorton, Jr. was elected as Chair and Scott Hendrix was elected as the Secretary/Treasurer. The board also appointed Mr. Gorton as the Tribute At-Large Director to serve on the NYSFDA Board of Directors.

Grant Awardees

As a not-for-profit organization dedicated to end-of-life issues, including death, dying and bereavement, Tribute awards grants to support projects, research and education.

The Board approved the following grants:

$5,000 – Hospice-VNSW-WPHC, Inc. This project, provides federally mandated non-reimbursable bereavement services to families or caregivers for up to 13 months following the loss of a loved one.
$7,500 – St. Mary’s Foundation for Children. This project offers ongoing bereavement services to parents, siblings and family members of children enrolled in St. Mary’s Palliative Care Program.
$3,000 – Camp Healing Hearts (URMC). This project offers a day camp for children who have experienced the death of a loved one by giving them an opportunity to learn healthy ways of coping.
$2,500 – Camp Heartstrings. This project provides a camp for bereaved children giving them a chance to address their needs and offer support in a safe environment.


New York State Tribute Foundation is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Individual contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
All contributors will be recognized as part of the Tribute Foundation’s donor recognition program.

Our Work

Our Work

The Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting education, outreach and research programs that advance the public’s understanding of end-of-life issues.

Scholarships

The Tribute Foundation has established a number of professional and continuing education scholarships.

The Foundation strives to increase the number of new funeral service professionals by providing educational scholarships to current and future funeral service professionals by encouraging existing licensed funeral directors to return to funeral service; encouraging funeral service as a second career; and providing financial scholarships as appropriate.

Education & Research

The Tribute Foundation uses its philanthropic resources to stimulate research, improve and support professional education, increase public outreach, and sponsor forums to foster policy dialogue on important end-of-life issues.

Grants

The Tribute Foundation awards grants to support projects, research and education. To achieve greatest impact with limited resources, our Board of Directors has identified several priority funding areas that guide our funding decisions. These projects can take many forms: lecture series, research programs, conferences, educational programs or materials and professional scholarships.

Who We Are

Who We Are

Charity. Knowledge. Education.

The NYS Tribute Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, was established in 2003 out of a desire to unite the knowledge and resources of funeral service professionals throughout New York State.

The Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting education, outreach and research programs that advance the public’s understanding of end-of-life issues.

The Foundation uses its philanthropic resources to stimulate research, improve and support professional education, increase public outreach, and sponsor forums to foster policy dialogue on important end-of-life issues.

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