Message from Our Chairman:
Late last night, we lost our founder, our friend and a pillar of the community. For more than thirty years, Rusty dedicated his life to helping others. He worked tirelessly on behalf of the widows, widowers, and children of New York City’s fallen heroes. Due to his vision and his leadership, the NY Police and Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund has provided over $140 million to date to the families of fallen FDNY, NYPD, and PAPD heroes killed in the line of duty. He cared about each and every family and they felt the same way about him. Rusty started more than just a charity – he started a family. While many admire Rusty for his impressive record as a baseball player, it is his work off the field that truly made him one of the greats. We will miss his laughter, friendship, and leadership, but we will work to carry on his mission through our continued stewardship of the charity he founded.
We lost a great one today and I will forever cherish all that we did together in an effort to make a difference in the lives of those in need. Rest in peace my friend.
-Stephen Dannhauser, Chairman of the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund