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Vera House Foundation

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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 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:

Jodi DeAugustine • Chair • Pathfinder Bank

Russell Sturtz • 1st Vice Chair • Community Bank N.A.

Elaina Wellstead • 2nd Vice Chair • EB&L Marketing

Warren Wolfson • Treasurer • Hancock & Estabrook, LLP

Lorraine McGee • Secretary • KeyBank

Kathy Alaimo • Syracuse Label & Surround Printing

Helena Zera Axelrod

Charlie Beach • C. W. Beach Co.

Melissa Bollman • M&T Bank

James Borer • Express Mart

Randi Bregman • Vera House, Inc.

Amy Breuer • Chris Sanford Photography

Caroline Brust

Margery Burstein

Carroll Clark

Kathleen Davis • Gianelli Sausage

Paul Dodd • Northwestern Mutual Financial Network

William Fitzpatrick • Onondaga County District Attorney

Julie Flack

Mark Fuller • United Radio

Rachel Galusha • KeyBank

Sondra Goldberg

Lisa Greenia • Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC

Lynn Horowitch

Kim Jeffery

Barbara Karper • LeMoyne College

Sang W. Kim, MD • Syracuse Facial Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery

Jim King • King + King Architects, LLP

Tom Magnarelli

Jennifer Mathews • Ferrara Fiorenza PC

Denise McGraw 

Edward “Buster” Melvin II • Barclay Damon

Pierre Morrisseau • OneGroup

Patricia Numann, MD

Holly Oyer • National Grid

Tracy Porter

Anne Ruffer • Mackenzie Hughes, LLP

Jeffrey VanBuren • 3M

Gloria Barbano Weyl • Realty USA