Pamela Baer was raised in New York City, where she first learned the importance of helping others. From her earliest days, her family made it a priority to volunteer. “We went to Westover Hills, a high-level family residence,” she explained. She remembered when her parents took her to downtown Harlem to participate in a charity event for the church. Pam said, “My parents had been so moved by the experience that they continued to support it throughout the week.”
Pam began by writing letters of appreciation to veterans, encouraging them to donate to her favorite charity. A significant amount of her efforts was in the form of personal letters. In 1985, Pam started a personal relationship with veterans at San Quentin State Prison through her letters and personal visits. For six years, she wrote personal notes, meeting with each veteran at least once.
During law school, Pam met Larry, a lawyer, in an honors seminar. When Larry was accepted to the law school at the University of Chicago, they decided to get married, where he earned his Ph.D. in Political Science. Pam’s involvement in philanthropy began early on. Having experienced the effects of poverty, along with a desire to help those in need, Pam Baer started her volunteer career during her college years. She decided to make a similar career after seeing the difference her efforts had made to those in need in her community.
When Pam and Larry married in the late ’90s, they intended to start a family, but after the miscarriage, Pam Baer and Larry attended a fundraiser for breast cancer, which soon became a passion. Pam created an award, now known as “The Pam R. Pam Baer Excellence in Philanthropy Award”, to honor her former co-worker Ruth Cohen.
In 1984, when Pam and Larry met through their mutual connection to the Democratic Party, they were struck by the similarities in their work ethic and energy. Their friendship and their combined compassion have led Pam to plan into action to do good and know that when she wakes up, she’s doing what she does because she wants to. Refer to this page to learn more.
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