Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation Donates $12,500 To Hudson Valley Charities in Second Quarter of 2022

Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation Donates $12,500 To Hudson Valley Charities in Second Quarter of 2022
From left: Gail Fattizzi, HG Realtor Foundation President; Dave Rubin, Kimra Pierre, HG Realtor Foundation Committee members and Dr. Ed Placke, Executive Director, Green Chimneys

WHITE PLAINS—The Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation, the charitable arm of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, donated $12,500 to seven Hudson Valley charities during the second quarter of 2022.

Most recently, HGRF presented a $2,500 check to Green Chimneys in Brewster. Founded in 1947 and headquartered on a farm and wildlife center, Green Chimneys is recognized as a worldwide leader in animal-assisted therapy and educational activities for children with special needs. Its services include an accredited special education school, residential treatment center, nature-based therapeutic programs, community-based support for youth and families, and public education and recreation opportunities for people of all ages.

“Green Chimneys is so grateful to The Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation for their support and commitment to helping us provide vital therapeutic education and services to the children and families across the Hudson Valley region,” said Green Chimneys Executive Director, Dr. Ed Placke.

From left: Kimra Pierre, Harding Mason and Gail Fattizzi, HG Realtor Foundation; Clare Murray, Executive Director, CCNW; Lou Triscari and Clayton Livingston, HG Relator Foundation

HGRF committee members also were on hand recently to present two additional $2,500 checks to Drug Crisis in Our Backyard in Somers, and the Community Center of Northern Westchester in Katonah.
Founded in 2012 by HGAR members Carol Christiansen and Steve Salomone, along with their spouses, Drug Crisis in Our Backyard promotes awareness about drug use, assists addicted and at-risk individuals and their families, and offers support groups and various events. The Community Center of Northern Westchester provides food, clothing, education and job training for needy families and individuals throughout northern Westchester County. Founded in 1992, it serves nearly 3,000 families in 38 northern Westchester communities.
“We truly appreciate the generous support of the Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation in helping us to meet the needs of our community,” said Clare Murray, Executive Director of the center. “Providing the gifts of both funding and volunteer time, the foundation’s partnership in our work makes a very meaningful difference for local families who are struggling to get by and makes our community a better place for everyone.”

From left, Tana McGuire; Olivia O’Toole; Elizabeth Sawyer Gaylin, HGRF volunteers; Lynn Peters, SPCA Volunteer Coordinator; Annie Hoffman; Susan Bond; Kimra and Nyakah Pierre, HGRF volunteers

Catholic Charities Community Services of Rockland (CCCSR) in Haverstraw and Christ Church of Ramapo both received $1,500 donations, while Volunteer New York in Tarrytown and Friends of Karen received $1,000 donation checks.
“It is extremely rewarding to present these checks to agencies that do so much to support our communities throughout the footprint of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors,” said Gail Fattizzi, 2022 HG Realtor Foundation President. “We are grateful to our many Realtor and Affiliate members who contribute their time, money and energy to the HG Realtor Foundation to make all this possible.”

Since 2014, the Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation has donated to hundreds of charities and non-profits throughout the Hudson Valley. As concerned members of the communities we work in, the Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation participates in qualified community-based charities who serve the housing, hunger, health, happiness, and humane needs of citizens everywhere.

The HG Realtor Foundation also encourages HGAR members to volunteer their time with the various charities it supports. Most recently, volunteers helped with landscaping and puppy socialization at the SPCA of Westchester in Briarcliff Manor.

For more information or to apply for funding from the Hudson Gateway REALTOR® Foundation, please visit

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