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Harriet Frenkil Foundation

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I spent the first nearly 30 years of my life observing my grandmother, Harriet Frenkil, and watching how she lived her life. In that time, I had a front and center seat to a model for a truly great woman. She was strong yet in a way that never compromised her beauty, nor femininity, nor grace. She was a rare breed.

As a social worker, she sought to give to hundreds of children access to the kind of love that she made sure her own grandchildren had every single day. From the way she described their suffering, you could tell it was not just a job. She really felt it. She felt a commonality with their pain. Yet she asked for nothing in return -- not a star on a wall, not a plaque, not a trophy, and certainly not money – although one of her favorite sayings was, “rich or poor, it is good to have money when you go shopping.”

Like the foster children she helped save, my destiny had the good fortune of being conjoined with a woman like Harriet Frenkil. Although I had little else in common with those foster children, I know that I share at least one other thing with them: that incredible feeling when a woman of Grandma’s caliber, of her intellectual capacity, devotes all of her attention on you. When that happens, you cannot help but profit from it.

And now, to honor her, I would like to ask my friends to join me in giving back. In lieu of gifts for my 30th birthday, I would like to ask my friends to donate to the Harriet Frenkil Foundation. I will match the amount we raise from this fundraiser, and together we will provide a scholarship for a graduate student at Harriet Frenkil's alma mater, the University of Maryland School of Social Work (



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