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.

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