Happy Mother’s Day from DDWC.org!
On behalf of the DDWC Executive Committee, we want to thank the following donors who made a contribution to our Virtual Spring Mother’s Day Fundraiser in honor of all the influential women in their lives:
Mary Benkart in tribute to my mother Patricia Thomas, an elementary school teacher who taught me women can do anything they believe in with their strength compassion and wisdom.
Debra Blalock in tribute to Katherine Mason Blalock who loved her children fiercely and taught us how persevere in even the toughest times.
Clare Brandt in honor of Mary Hannon Williams and Diane Jablonski
Brenda Cagle in honor of my strong, generous mother Crystal McFrederick Knight (from West Virginia, home of the 1st official Mother’s Day)
Eleanor Charwat in honor of Anna Buchholz, my political mentor
Irene Di Maio
Jill Fieldstein in memory of my mother Judi Fieldstein, who was not active, but taught me the importance of voting.
Mary Hathaway in honor of Clare Brandt, DDWC Founding President. I hope she is proud of the success of this wonderful organization.
Sarah Imboden in honor of Jo Thornton, the best US history teacher on the planet who encouraged me on the path to loving history; and to my stepmother Deb a strong feisty woman and a leader!
Beth Kolp in memory of Carol Roper, former New Paltz Town Supervisor and Board Member, died April 24 at age 86. She served in leadership positions in countless other community, church, and cultural organizations and taught for many years at Dutchess Community College. Carol was a model of dynamic, intelligent civic engagement.
Mary Lunt in tribute to Ellie Charwat, constant champion of important organizations and causes.
Joan Posner in honor of Elizabeth Posner and Katie Legomsky my daughter and daughter-in-law who are amazing mothers and wonderful role models for their sons.
Margaret Ross in honor of my intrepid mother and her remarkable granddaughters.
Ann Shershin in tribute to Jean Murphy, first woman elected to the Dutchess County Legislature
Nevill Smythe in honor of the Mothers in my life: mine, Ann Smythe; my mother-in-law Anne Strain; and of course my favorite candidate and soon to be NYS Senator, Karen S. Smythe!!!
Mary Williams in tribute to my mother Marcella Hasson who arrived in New York from Ireland at age 19 in 1929. With a 6th grade education, she worked as a maid to send money home to save the family farm, which is still in our family today.