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Eight-year-old Emma Alexandra, the oldest daughter of Warren and Jackie Hance, was equal parts scholar and athlete, with honors in math and reading as well as gymnastics, soccer, track, basketball and softball. She also loved performing onstage. Emma took her role as the oldest sister very seriously, looking out for her sisters and setting the perfect example for them: polite, helpful, caring and warm.



Alyson Elizabeth, the middle Hance daughter, had a smile that would light up any room. She was protective and nurturing, vivacious and joyful. At 7, Alyson also excelled at both school and sports, enthusiastically taking part in soccer, softball and gymnastics. She was a smart and loving girl for whom acquaintances became friends instantly and joyfully.



The youngest Hance daughter, Kate Marie, known to many as Katie,was very mature for her age – inquisitive and self-assured. As all the girls were, Katie was adored by her sisters and her extended family. She loved to dress up and had many, many friends, both boys and girls. Katie was a loving, confident, completely adorable 5-year-old, who embraced life and wanted nothing more than to bring happiness to her friends and family.

About The
Hance Family Foundation

The Hance Family Foundation has been founded to honor the memories of Emma, Alyson, and Katie Hance, who died in a car accident on July 26, 2009, at ages 8, 7, and 5. The funds raised for this Foundation are used to support our innovative self-esteem educational program for girls, Beautiful Me… The EAK Project, as well as local education and charitable giving programs for children. The intention of the Foundation is to honor the memories of these extraordinary girls in positive ways. Healthy, happy, and safe children are the highest priority for the Hance Family Foundation.

& Mission

The Hance Family Foundation was founded in the small Village of Floral Park, NY. A quiet town on the outskirts of New York City, Floral Park was rocked by the tragic loss of Emma, Alyson, and Katie. The Hance’s thoughts, as donations began to flow in, were immediate and selfless: we should help other children. Honed over time to a sharp focus, the Hances led their Foundation with a vision of hope and love. The Hance Family Foundation honors the lives of three beautiful sisters by ensuring healthy, happy, and safe children through innovative self-esteem educational programming and the support of children in need. This mission is primarily accomplished through our flagship educational programming.

HFF Organization Info

The EAK Projects
(The Emma, Alyson, and Katie Hance Projects)

The Hance Family Foundation is dedicated to providing innovative educational programs for children of all ages and abilities–as a way to honor Emma, Alyson, & Katie Hance. We proudly present The EAK Projects: three very successful & original educational programs, created and implemented by The Hance Family Foundation to help enhance and develop the confidence and self-esteem of all children. There is no fee associated with these programs, they are funded completely by the Hance Family Foundation.

The HFF’s largest and most far reaching program is for females of all ages, entities Beautiful Me. Today the program spans across the nation. Today the program spans across the nation. Beautiful Me began with a small group of 12 girls aged 5-8. They met for several weeks, discussing such topics as body image and conflict resolution. Today, the program spans across Long Island and NYC, into New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Chicago. It has even visited Paris, France! Over 30,000 participants have learned ways to embrace their unique qualities in settings such as elementary schools, high schools, universities, acute care facilities, and more.

It is the Vision of the Hance Family Foundation to expand Beautiful Me nationally and even internationally.

Locally, the HFF’s smaller programs include two more EAK Projects: Grow with Me and Heart Hands Hope. These educational programs enhance self esteem through acceptance, friendship, and community awareness. Also local, Heart Hands Hope is the charitable giving program of the Hance Family Foundation. Through this program, the Foundation supports local schools and children’s organizations, runs a large toy drive during the holidays, and delivers school supplies to families in need.

Board of Directors


Warren J. Hance, Jr. SRA
WJH Appraisal Services, Inc.

Jackie A. Hance
Quality in Real Time

Executive Director

Denise Irving

Executive Board Members

Robert C. Votruba CFS, MBA, Ph.D
National Financial Network

Bradley Katinas
Jefferies, LLC

Douglas Hayden, Esq.
Wright Risk Management

Kathryn Tuffy MS. Ed, BCBA
St. Johns University; Changing Behavior, Inc.

John Power
Con-Kel Landscaping, Inc.

Lynn Pombonyo, Ed D.
Floral Park Bellerose School District, retired

Mark Herbrich P.T., M.A., CEEAA
AgeWellPhysical Therapy & Wellness

Dianne Heggie
Council of Family & Child Caring Agencies

David Hance
MSgt (Ret) USAF

Advisory Council

Katie Geraghty
Lindsay Carlucci
Geralyn Corcoran
John Corcoran

Peter Regina
Ellen Sokol
Irene McLaughlin
James Craig

Laura Bressmer
Jenny Harenberg
Linda Karlovic
Joe Pelletiere