Fundraiser nets thousands for group that helps children cope with lost parents

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MOUNT KISCO -

A man who lost his mother in a tragic accident is making sure that other children who lose their parents get the proper care while grieving.

Johnathan Russo's mother died in 2005 after being stabbed in a parking garage at the White Plains Galleria.So he started the Connie Russo Foundation in her honor, which held its first event this fall.

Russo turned to the Westchester Bereavement Center to volunteer at The Tree House, which helps children cope with losing parents.

Russo held a fundraiser in the fall and raised $20,000. The money was presented to The Tree House inside Mount Kisco Church Thursday evening.

The Tree House, which is funded by only donations, is a safe haven for children so they don't feel alone.  It is currently working with 40 families this year providing services like grief sessions.

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