Donor spotlight: The Pammy Fund
A Family’s Loss Creates Opportunities For Others
Pamela Lynn Posen, 20, was aboard Pan Am flight 103 from London to New York on Dec. 21, 1988, returning home after a semester abroad when the plane blew up over Lockerbie, Scotland.
Pammy Posen was a poet, a music lover, an eternal optimist. The final page of her journal noted that one day she hoped to make a movie titled “I Laughed. That’s All That Mattered.”
Her father, Dr. Jack Posen, a prominent Westchester orthodontist, wanted to honor her by helping young people fulfill their dreams, so in 1989, he established the Pammy Fund at the Westchester Community Foundation. “Her spirit is what is being carried forward in the Pammy Fund,” Dr. Posen told the New York Times at the time. Nearly 30 years later, the Pammy Fund still supports early literacy programs for young people.
One program is the Parent-Child Home Program at Westchester Jewish Community Services, which helps families in the county’s low-income communities create a home environment that prepares their children for school and academic success. Scores of 5-year-olds have started their first day of kindergarten better prepared for school thanks to the Pammy Fund’s consistent support.
Briana Mosquera was 2 when her mother and grandmother enrolled in the Parent-Child Home Program. While Briana’s mother worked, Briana’s grandmother kindled her curiosity about learning. When Briana went to kindergarten, she was ready to learn.
Briana Mosquera and her family were enrolled in the Parent-Child Home program when she was a child. The program is supported by the Westchester Community Foundation's Pammy Fund, which was started by Dr. Jack Posen after the death of his daughter.
Today, Briana is a social worker in New York City, helping countless families improve their lives. “Without early support from the Pammy Fund,” she says, “my family may not have been able to help me achieve academic success. I am grateful for the ways in which the Pammy Fund shaped my life.”
Dr. Posen, who died in 2009, took an active role in getting to know the families the Fund helped—he met with them and attended their graduations. Today his family carries on the good work — and Pammy’s legacy lives on in every life the Pammy Fund touches.