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Foundation raises $20,000

Athol Daily News
February 22, 2011

ATHOL -- Tyler Foundation president and co-founder Heather Plotkin now of Groton and formerly of Athol, has announced the non-profit organization completed a successful 2010 fundraising campaign.

"We raised just over $20,000." Plotkin reported recently.

Recent Foundation news includes Lexington Alarm Systems becoming a "parking pass" partner of the group. "This partnership will allow us to donate around 400 parking passes this year to UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center," said Plotkin. "We will be sending them 100 parking passes every three months."

The Foundation recently donated 25 meal vouchers to UMMCMC to help provide free meals to families in need.

"We are [also] in the process of setting up the Tyler Foundation Fund for Extraordinary Needs at UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center." Plotkin explained. "This endowment fund will allow the pediatric neurology department fund to support the families with epilepsy that are in need of financial support.

"We were also able to help out two families who were at Children's Hospital Boston by providing them with care packages that contained gift cards to local restaurants, snacks, books and CDs for the kids, stuffed animals and of course our great hand knitted afghans."

The Foundation, established by Plotkin and her husband Erik, provides financial support to families of children with epilepsy who are being treated at Children's Hospital Boston and UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center.

For more information on the Foundation, log onto or send an e-mail to Plotkin at