A Tribute to Pam


We are mourning the loss of our friend and longtime president, Pam Yurgartis, who passed away on July 17, 2021. Her obituary may be found here.


Pam was our steadfast leader for 12 years. As president of the Potsdam Holiday Fund, Pam led our board through some lean years as well as our most successful fundraising year, last season. Even though we were unable to hold “Santa’s Workshop” and our food basket program last year because of the pandemic, Pam helped to find a way to provide warm clothing, gifts and food to over 900 people – parents, children and senior citizens who were going through a very tough time.


Throughout her years as president, she managed our program with grace, determination and optimism. Pam always had a smile and a kind word for everyone, including the hundreds of families who received much needed assistance each year as well as the many volunteers and donors who made the program possible.

We will miss her terribly, but hope that we can honor her memory by carrying on the good work that she did so well.