ICS Mourns the Passing of Dorothy Vanek

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Interfaith Community Services mourns the recent passing of Dorothy Vanek – who has been a faithful, long-time supporter and champion for ICS.  Below is remembrance from CEO, Tom McKinney.

Dorothy Vanek was one of the first people I met when I moved to Tucson, AZ in 2015. While we were introduced because of her passion to support classical music in our community, by way of the TSO, we became fast friends as I was blessed to learn more about her life, goals and accomplishments. When I began my work with Interfaith Community Services (ICS), I realized Dorothy had a much larger impact on the Tucson community, beyond her musical efforts. Her support of ICS and other social service organizations was hugely significant; she truly was a transformational figure in every life she touched.

The impact Dorothy had on ICS will be felt for many years to come. She has helped create a place where people gather and can ask for help, without judgement, and are treated with respect and dignity. She led this effort by leading an exemplary life and her very generous support. Myself and many others will miss her every day, but the life lessons instilled in us by Dorothy will live on forever. Rest in peace Dorothy.