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Vera House Foundation

Vera House Hall Area


It is the mission of the Vera House Foundation to ensure that the important work Vera House does today be there for those who need it long into the future.

The Vera House Foundation, Inc. is separately incorporated from Vera House, Inc. and was established in 1991 to ensure the long-term financial health of Vera House. Foundation-sponsored events include the annual White Ribbon Campaign & New Beginnings Gala. In addition to events, the Foundation engages individuals to secure contributions to the Foundation of Hope and The Faye Panasci Children's Fund. These funds provide an opportunity to endow our vital programs through multi-year contributions and planned gifts.

The Foundation welcomes gifts and contributions to sustain and expand the vital programs that have provided new beginnings for thousands of individuals who have sought shelter and healing when they walk through our doors. Initiatives the Foundation has recently supported include Workplace Sexual Harassment Prevention Traning and the implementation of the agency's strategic plan initiatives

We believe ensuring the future of Vera House is important. We hope you will, too.  Click HERE to read about ways to donate to the Vera House Foundation.

Vera House Foundation Trustees:

Russell Sturtz • Chair • Community Bank N.A.

Elaina Wellstead • 1st  Vice-Chair • EB&L Marketing

Lorraine McGee • 2nd Vice-Chair • KeyBank

Warren Wolfson • Treasurer • Hancock & Estabrook, LLP

Rachel Galusha • Secretary • KeyBank

Kathy Alaimo • Syracuse Label & Surround Printing

James Borer 

Randi Bregman • Vera House, Inc.

Amy Breuer • Chris Sanford Photography

Margery Burstein

Valerie Cushman • Movement Mortgage

Jodi DeAugustine • Disciplined Capital Management, LLC

Julie Flack

Mark Fuller • United Radio

Sondra Goldberg

Lisa Greenia • Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC

Lynn Horowitch

Barbara Karper • LeMoyne College

Jim King • King + King Architects, LLP

Tom Magnarelli

Jennifer Mathews • Ferrara Fiorenza PC

Denise McGraw  • American Heart Association

Edward “Buster” Melvin II • Barclay Damon

Pierre Morrisseau • OneGroup

Holly Oyer • National Grid

Tracy Porter

Anne Ruffer • Mackenzie Hughes, LLP

Gloria Barbano Weyl • Realty USA

Charlie Beach • C. W. Beach Co.

Caroline Brust

Carroll Clark

Paul Dodd • Northwestern Mutual Financial Network

William Fitzpatrick • Onondaga County District Attorney

Patricia Numann, MD