Honoring Green Chimneys Founders Myra and Samuel B. Ross, JrApril 17, 2017
To celebrate 70 years of Green Chimneys is to honor our roots. Founders Myra and Samuel B. Ross, Jr. have not only made serving children a family affair, they have relied on ingenuity and an unending pursuit of opportunities to transform a small dairy farm into a powerhouse nonprofit.
From the beginning, Dr. Ross knew that animals would be an essential part of the Green Chimneys community. Drawing on his own childhood “friends” – a dog, a rabbit and birds, to name a few – he understood the educational and therapeutic benefits of their presence well before human-animal interaction was a field. Mrs. Ross built the framework for assessing children and developing measurements to track their clinical needs and growth. And it’s at Green Chimneys where they raised their family, ensuring that the value of service to others was passed from one generation to the next, and on again.
Seven decades later, the Rosses continue to follow their calling, to help children with special needs. From leading admissions and spearheading fundraising efforts to meeting with families and providing sound counsel on Green Chimneys strategy, Mrs. and Dr. Ross have not only created an amazing foundation, their contributions are seen, felt and appreciated throughout the organization.
Join us in honoring the Rosses at the Green Chimneys Spring Gala on May 4 in New York City!