Hance Family Foundation Celebrates
A Milestone – 20,000!
Floral Park's very own Hance Family Foundation is best known for its self-esteem program for girls
and women, Beautiful Me...The Emma, Alyson & Katie Hance Project. This original program, developed
in 2010 by educator Kate Tuffy, MS and social worker Liz Munro, LCSW, is designed to educate females by promoting appreciation for their genuine qualities, accurate self-awareness, and the satisfaction of helping others.
The Beautiful Me curriculum provides instruction and hands-on activities focusing on the wonderful attributes that make each girl special - her strengths, talents, abilities, and individuality. Beautiful
Me has been an amazing success in schools, universities and human services agencies throughout Long Island, New York City, the surrounding states, Chicago, Florida and even Paris, France.
This February, the Beautiful Me participant count reached an astounding milestone - 20,000!
Uniquely personal testimonies from girls and women from ages five to adult have provided heartwarming stories of the lasting impact left by their Beautiful Me experiences.
A Queens, NY high school student shared her thoughts that Beautiful Me “took away my low self-
esteem making me well-driven, outstanding, making me happy about myself.”
An upstate college student reflected, “Beautiful Me really made my day. Sometimes we get so
caught up in our thoughts that we forget to love one another, live in the moment, and accept everyone for who they are.”
Another added, “I am beautiful, strong and capable of everything. I am empowered.”
Kate Tuffy described her Beautiful Me experience this way: “It is my privilege to volunteer with the Beautiful Me program daily. Warren and Jackie took the remarkable step of forming the Hance Family
Foundation after the loss of their girls, making sure that Emma, Alyson and Katie are remembered. The
HFF's self-esteem program has grown more than I ever imagined possible. We have partnered with
agencies such as the NYC Department of Education, Manhattan District Attorney's Office, U.S. Dept.
of Health and Human Services, NYC Mayor's Office, NYC Administration for Children’s Services,
NYPD, FDNY and hundreds of schools across the country. We will continue this important work –
because we know that, when a female feels strong, capable and confident, society improves in many
ways. As a mom and a resident of Floral Park myself, I am motivated to share with others the
examples taught by three beautiful, very loved girls.”
Jackie Hance is the Foundation’s co-president. She lovingly shared a special message for all:
“20,000 girls does not even seem real to me. What an amazing achievement by everyone involved! When
this Foundation started, I just wanted people to remember my Emma, Alyson and Katie. I think
most people who lose a child want that. To lose all your children is unfathomable. I struggled
to understand how I could ever gather any energy or courage to share Emma, Alyson and Katie with all of you. I couldn’t imagine how their lights could shine on. So thank you to everyone who helped with our
Foundation. I have found reasons to get myself up everyday – 20,000 girls, all who feel differently about
themselves today and who have the pleasure of knowing Emma, Alyson and Katie.”
A proud and grateful Warren Hance, Foundation co-president, speaks to the Floral Park community:
"Beautiful Me is about Floral Park. It was born in Floral Park and is a testament to the community. You've been active participants in reaching that 20,000 number. You have given of your time, talent and dollars. There are many ways to continue contributing to the Hance Family Foundation's mission and Beautiful Me. 20,000 is a call to action."
It is the vision of the Hance Family Foundation to expand Beautiful Me nationally and even internationally. Learn more at and on Facebook.