Todd’s Fund keeping a generous memory alive

Charity honors local 9/11 victim through nine years of assistance to needy children

— Last week, Gail Calloway wrote checks to girls in Moravia and Weedsport that allowed them to attend a Girl Scout trip their families otherwise could not afford; she also sent a Wal-Mart gift certificate to a mother to help her buy back-to-school clothes for her children. Last year, Calloway wrote a check that allowed a single mother to buy a reliable used car in order to drive to college to get a better education to support her children.

These are only a few of the thousands of stories — the thousands of people — that have been helped by Todd’s Fund, a Skaneateles-based charity organization started in 2002 in honor of Christopher Todd Pitman, a Skaneateles native who died in the Twin Towers during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

In fact, over the past nine years, Todd’s Fund has distributed more than $750,000 and helped thousands of children in Central New York.

“We are a fund that is like no other,” said Calloway, Todd’s Fund executive director. “We don’t do big grandiose make a wish trips or things like that, but if you have a child and you’re single mom and can’t afford braces, Todd’s Fund is there; if Niagara Mohawk knocks on your door because owe money, Todd’s Fund is there; at Christmas we get gifts for children that otherwise would get none. We’re the fall through the cracks kind of fund.”

Christopher Todd Pitman was born on Aug. 24, 1971, in Skaneateles. He was an ambitious hockey player, a gifted student, a steadfast friend and a loving brother and son. He attended Duke University, spent seven years living in Japan, then became a trader with Cantor Fitzgerald in New York City.

On Sept. 11, 2001, at the age of 30, Todd was at his desk in the World Trade Center and was unable to make it out of the building. In 2002, family and friends joined together to create Todd’s Fund as an everlasting memory of Todd’s generosity and love of life.

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