The Eugene Zitwer Foundation, Inc.

The Eugene Zitwer Foundation Inc. ("The Uncle Yuddy Fund") is a not-for-profit organization formed on March 18, 1991. Our Mission is to bring love, laughter, and emotional support to seriously ill children and their families. Initially, the charity focused on funding child-life therapy programs, enhancing playrooms, providing holiday parties, music and art therapy, and outings away from the hospital setting—all aimed at providing a respite for young patients as they dealt with their medical treatments or hospital stays.

Since 2017, the charity has focused exclusively on providing programming, toys, and entertainment at year-end holiday parties and events at local hospitals in Brooklyn and the New York area. Through the work we do, we continue to provide welcome distractions to the patients and their families. Doctors and families cite the importance of laughter and the need for children to feel like children.

Our funding and events allow kids to be kids. Parents and siblings are also able to experience the joy of holiday celebrations with their loved ones, their doctors, and hospital staff. The Uncle Yuddy fund is a celebration of life and is run solely by volunteers.

Mission Statement

By providing entertainment, toys and year end holiday parties to seriously ill children in the New York area, The Eugene Zitwer Foundation, also known as The Uncle Yuddy Fund, brings love, laughter and emotional support to these children and their families. The Uncle Yuddy Fund is a celebration of life and is run solely by volunteers.

Two Local Women Helping Bring Joy to Sick Kids

More than two decades ago, Mary Millman and Sharon Dashow decided the best way to honor Millman's father was to start a foundation geared at helping kids in need of some love and special attention.

The Eugene Zitwer Foundation was born, and now serves sick children throughout the New York Metropolitan area... [read here].