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Eastchester's Community Fund Honors Patty Donovan-Duff

Patty Donovan-Duff, right, director of the Bereavement Center of Westchester, left, received the Community Fund Award for her work at the center. At left is Melinda Burge, director of The Community Fund.
Patty Donovan-Duff, right, director of the Bereavement Center of Westchester, left, received the Community Fund Award for her work at the center. At left is Melinda Burge, director of The Community Fund. Photo Credit: Contributed

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – Patty Donovan-Duff, director of the Bereavement Center of Westchester, was recently given the Community Fund of Bronxville Eastchester Tuckahoe Award for her work at the center.

Donovan-Duff began her career as a nurse in 1971 and soon expanded into the field of hospice and bereavement. When Jansen Memorial Hospice launched the Bereavement Center in 1995, with assistance from the Junior League of Bronxville, Donovan-Duff was recruited as director. She went on to develop the Tree House Program, a cornerstone of the Bereavement Center, which is specifically designed to support children whose parent or sibling has died and their surviving parent or guardians.

“I am deeply honored to be given this award from the Community Fund. The relationship between the Bereavement Center and CF has been very special and important these past 17 years. Their steadfast and loyal support of the work we do, especially with young families at The Tree House, has been greatly appreciated,” said Donovan-Duff.

The Community Fund award was developed to recognize excellence in the execution of Member Agency's mission. The person or agency receiving the award should exhibit an altruistic passion for achieving the Member Agency's goals. They should be dedicated, exhibit operational astuteness, be flexible to changing circumstances and make a significant contribution to the agency and community.

“In her tenure at the Bereavement Center, Patty has provided countless hours of guidance and support, not only to the 1000 plus families she has counseled, but also to her staff and board. When I reached out to those she has worked with over the years about, the theme that kept coming up the most was Patty’s genuine kindness and her ability to make sense of the most difficult time in one’s life,” said Melinda Burge, director of the Community Fund.

The Community Fund of Bronxville Eastchester Tuckahoe, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation organized to provide funding and support for local agencies serving the health, education and welfare needs of local residents.

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