In Memoriam: Karen Gaffney

In Memoriam: Karen Gaffney

Judie Van Bramer, Peggy Hubbard and Karen Gaffney in 2003Karen Gaffney, former MAG membership manager, died Tuesday, March 26, following a two-year battle with cancer.

Karen joined the Gallery in the early 1990s as membership secretary and soon moved up to membership manager. After a decade at MAG, she accepted a position in advancement and alumni relations at the University of Rochester Medical Center and from there went on to the Al Sigl Center. At the time of her death she was Vice President of Advancement for the Al Sigl Foundation.

Last November, in recognition of her career achievements, the Genesee Valley Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals named Karen Outstanding Professional Fundraiser of 2012.

She leaves behind many friends at MAG and in the community. “Those who knew her, loved her,” says director Grant Holcomb. “She was one of the Gallery’s fine spirits.”

Pictured: Karen (at right) posed with former colleagues Judie Van Bramer and Peggy Hubbard at Hubbard’s retirement party in 2003.

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