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Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Partner Profile: Patricia Burgess

What led you to SVP?

Impactful and engaged philanthropy; dollars and time working together; getting to know the community.

What do you most look forward to / hope to accomplish as a Partner?

Helping our investees improve, have sustainable impact and thrive.

What do you want others to know about you?

What’s important to me: family; being active and out in the world (running, swimming, hiking, walking); reading and writing; philanthropy where I can help build community through mutual engagement.

What do you most value in your friends?

Warmth and intelligence, and caring for each other.

What is your most marked characteristic?

I have had to become strong in overcoming challenges when I thought I couldn’t survive them. I like to challenge myself to take risks.

When and where were you happiest?

There was a moment in time, a moment out of time, at my younger son’s recent wedding. Alex chose his brother (a philosophy professor) to officiate at the wedding. Christopher’s son, my one-year-old grandson, was ring-bearer. As the small procession started, my daughter-in-law and I each held one of Solomon’s hands to help him walk down the aisle. He started running so Kate and I joined him, running as the wedding crowd joined in the lightness of that instantaneous moment. Pure joy to me as mother and grandmother.

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