Donation Information for the Jill R. McDermott Memorial Fund

The Jill R. McDermott Memorial Fund Inc. is a non-profit corporation to benefit the children Jill loved so much. Donations in Jill's memory can be sent to:

Jill R. McDermott Memorial Fund
In Loving Memory of Jill R. McDermott
c/o Jon McDermott
1536 W. Bloomfield Road
Honeoye Falls, NY. 14472

Call 585-624-2302 with questions

DONATIONS MAY BE TAX DEDUCTIBLE although please verify with your tax advisor if you are unsure.



Wish-List order


Submitted by jillmcdermott on Tue, 01/08/2013 - 11:40.

Thank you so very much Jon. Your generosity to Dudley truly is unbelievable!!! I know Jill is smiling down on you and is so very proud of everything you have done in her honor. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Katie Short

Wish-List Order

Submitted by jillmcdermott on Wed, 01/02/2013 - 14:49.


Thank you so much for your generous offer to Dudley teachers! You are honoring Jill in such a meaningful way.

Lynn Grace
Dudley Elementary

Wish-List order

Submitted by jillmcdermott on Wed, 01/02/2013 - 14:41.


I can't thank you enough for thinking of us here at Dudley School in such a special way. Your gift to the teachers is truly appreciated... and elicits such treasured memories as well. You will forever remain a special part of the Dudley School family. My sincerest wishes for you and your family during the upcoming new year.


Kathy Johnson
2nd Grade Teacher

Thank you very much for your

Submitted by jillmcdermott on Wed, 12/12/2012 - 09:54.

Submitted by spratt on Mon, 12/10/2012 - 02:28.

Thank you very much for your very generous donation to my classroom. My 2nd graders will love the science and math learning center activities I was able to order with your funds!


Susan Pratt
Holy Cross School
4488 Lake Avenue
Rochester, NY 14612


Donation from Scott & Donna


Submitted by jillmcdermott on Mon, 04/02/2012 - 11:36.

Thank you for your loyalty, friendship, & business! Please accept this modest donation on behalf of both myself & my wife Donna. You have done a wonderful thing with this Memorial Fund in loving memory of Jill!
She would be (and is) very proud of you-
All the best,
Scott & Donna DeRosa


Playground Dedication


Submitted by jillmcdermott on Wed, 12/14/2011 - 13:05.

This mornings dedication was just terrific. I am so happy we have been able to make this happen. Thank you for your leadership and generosity-and for sharing such sincere remarks about Jill. She would be rather impressed with the beautiful playground that bares her name.

With gratitude,


Asst. Principal Dudley Elementary

Hi Jon,

Submitted by jillmcdermott on Wed, 05/18/2011 - 15:47.

I wanted to let you know that my class is putting on a class play, The Weather Show, with the money from Jill's fund you gave us this year. I wrote a little dedication note in the program to Jill, dedicating it in her memory. Absolutely no pressure at all, but I wanted to let you know you are more than welcome to come to a dress rehearsal, or even the show if you would like.

Also, Maureen Carpenter is coming to one of the dress rehearsals to take some pictures - so we can always pass those along if you would like to see how cute the kiddos look performing. Through Jill's fund, you have given my kids such a fantastic opportunity...thank you again.


Erica J. Santoro
First Grade Teacher
Dudley School

Dear Jon,

Submitted by jillmcdermott on Fri, 05/13/2011 - 16:56.

My son Colin had Jill in 2008 for first grade. She was an amazing teacher and person. I think about her often. I wear her bracelet to give me patience and strength as I am now a preschool teacher.

Please know that Jill will never be forgotten. I miss her and hope you are doing well.

Michelle Bucenec
(2011 Saddle-Up contributor)




Submitted by jillmcdermott on Thu, 05/12/2011 - 10:39.

Unfortunately we cant make it to the event but we will be there in spirit. Jill would be so thrilled that you are doing this. She will be shining down on you all.

Hope it's a great day!

God Bless,

Mindy,Tom,Tommy & Mikey Farina
(Saddle-Up 2011 contributor)


Hi Jon,


Submitted by jillmcdermott on Sat, 05/07/2011 - 13:52.

Marlena is still wearing the bracelet and we think of Mrs. McDermott often.
Your dedication of keeping Jill's memory and passions alive is really beautiful to witness!!!

In thought,
Maria Fornuto
(Saddle-Up 2011 Wrangler)

Hi Jon,

Submitted by jillmcdermott on Fri, 05/06/2011 - 11:00.

You are really doing a good thing. I hope the Saddle-Up event is a great success!

Dave Garlock
(Patrick Buick GMC)
2011 Saddle-Up contributor

Dear Jon,

Submitted by jillmcdermott on Tue, 04/26/2011 - 14:44.

This labor of love will be rewarding and reaching to many people. God Bless your efforts. I know your Mom is smiling with pride as she looks down on us. I can see her now. (Beverly McDermott was killed in a tragic single car accident November 2006)

Love & Prayers,

Rosemarie & Bill

I'm a teacher at Dudley

Submitted by jillmcdermott on Sat, 04/23/2011 - 11:23.

Thank you for keeping Jill's memory alive. She was a wonderful person and a terrific teacher.

God bless you,

Mary Beth Foote
Dudley Staff

Mary Beth is 2011 Saddle-Up Wrangler!
Thank you for your generous donation.
Jon McDermott

Hey Jon,

Submitted by jillmcdermott on Sat, 04/16/2011 - 19:47.

I have never meet you or Jill, but know Linda, Jack and Tyler very well.
What a wonderful way to remember your beautiful wife and her loving spirit.
I will keep you in our prayers and best of luck with Jill's memorial fund!

Laurie White
Bronze Star Donation Honor Roll

Hi Jon

Submitted by jillmcdermott on Wed, 01/26/2011 - 12:07.

Thank you so much for the beautiful addition to our classroom. The children love it and Jill would have loved the joy it is bringing them. I uploaded some pictures that attempted to capture their excitement. I also wrote a note that I uploaded at the same time but I don't see it on the website. Well, I wanted everyone to see your generosity first hand and to know that Jill still touches the lives of the students at Dudley. Thank you so much!
Tracy Billow

Hi Jon,

Submitted by jillmcdermott on Thu, 01/13/2011 - 15:14.

The Live Oak order has partially arrived. I thought I would put a label on each box that said " Donated by the Jill R McDermott Memorial Fund in memory of wonderful Teacher at Dudley School, Jill R McDermott . When the remainder arrive I will take a photo of some of the kids using a listening center with the books and send that to you for the website. Thanks again, you have been so generous.

(Dudley Library)

Hi Jon!

Submitted by jillmcdermott on Tue, 01/11/2011 - 11:42.

I have been meaning to take a moment to thank you very much for thinking of the teachers here at Dudley School in such a special way. I have begun receiving some of the items from the Wish List I completed prior to the holiday and want you to know how very much it is appreciated for use in my classroom. I continue to keep Jill in my thoughts and prayers as I pass by her classroom en route to my own each morning. Her spirit will always be such a special part of our school community will your thoughtfulness.


Kathy Johnson

Thank you

Submitted by jillmcdermott on Mon, 01/10/2011 - 16:52.

I wanted to thank you for the wonderful work you are doing on behalf of Jill. It was an honor to be able to receive supplies from her closet.
They will be put to good use. She would be so happy to know that the students and staff at Dudley are receiving the materials and supplies that she wanted them to have.

Christy Kennedy

About Jill Thank You

Submitted by jillmcdermott on Thu, 01/06/2011 - 10:53.

I just received an email from Karen F., my Dudley Principal, letting me know that my name was drawn to choose items from Mrs.McDermott's Closet that were generously donated by your family. I chose a pack of "Happy Birthday" pencils and a "Don't Spill the Beans" game. The magnet you sent me is on my refrigerator at home. It brings me comfort every time I see Jill's picture. I will think of her (and you) each time I use these wonderful supplies with my students. Thanks so much!
Ann Poelma, Dudley School Social Worker

Many Thanks

Submitted by katiealaimo on Wed, 12/22/2010 - 15:49.

Dear John,
I want to thank you for all you have done and continue to do for Dudley School.
When I visited "Jill's Closet,"I was able to pick a reading game for our department and bulletin board border for my new reading room.
Each time this game is played, I will think of Jill and her love for teaching and her students.
We continue to keep you and Jill's family in our thoughts and prayers during this holiday season.
Katie Alaimo

More Donation Thanks

Submitted by jillmcdermott on Mon, 12/20/2010 - 16:57.

Just adding my thank you to the many I'm sure you receive each day, for your generous donation of Jill's teaching supplies to Dudley School. I have chosen to use her magnetic letters, a core tool for the instruction we are providing for students struggling with reading. Jill always had a special fondness for those who struggled, and I feel sure she would feel happy seeing her materials being used for this purpose. Thank you again for thinking of this special way to keep a little of Jill in every class at Dudley!

Cathy Becker


Submitted by kshort on Sun, 12/19/2010 - 23:15.


I don't even know how to express my gratitude to you. I am humbled and amazed at your generosity and kindness for Dudley. The books you bought for my classroom will be shared and enjoyed for years to come with so many students and I know that would make Jill so happy. The supplies you have donated to all of us are quite overwhelming, but again I know how excited it would make Jill to know that children will be happy because of how she continues to give back to them each day. Jill was such a huge part of Dudley and she would continue to live on every day through all of us. Thank you for helping us make our students lives more enriched and fulfilled every day.

Katie Short


Submitted by jillmcdermott on Sat, 12/18/2010 - 11:04.


Thanks so much for ordering the chairs for both Tracy's and my classroom. We will put them to good use and the children will just love them! Your generosity and kind heart is overwhelming to all of us at Dudley!! You are a special man!

I will be thinking of Jill, you, and your family throughout the holidays!

Julie DeLorenzo


Submitted by jillmcdermott on Fri, 12/17/2010 - 14:56.

Hi Jon,
My name is Erica Santoro and I transferred to 1st grade at Dudley this year from Northside where I taught 3rd. I didn't know Jill well, but my 3rd graders used to frequently talk about Mrs. McDermott, their beloved 1st grade teacher.

I think what you are doing for the Dudley teachers is truly amazing. As a new 1st grade teacher, I am lacking in phonics games/materials, so two of Jill's phonics board games were my choice when I had the opportunity to visit her "closet" down in Room 604. I know I will get a great deal of use out of them. When we were told we had been given $200 for spending, I thought for a long time about what I could use the money for that would really benefit my students. I would like to put on a play this spring, and I found one on a topic my kiddos love - the weather.

The other item I will use a lot in my classroom is called a snowball microphone. Our class puts on monthly podcasts (we call them radio shows for the kiddos) and the microphone I use isn't great. I talked with our technology consult, and he recommended a Blue Snowball Microphone-
Pat Edwards said sending websites to you for the order was fine - I hope this isn't too much of a hassle! Let me know if I can do anything to help with the ordering. I feel so humbled and truly appreciate your generosity.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for enhancing the 1st grade experience for our kiddos.

Erica Santoro


Submitted by jillmcdermott on Fri, 12/17/2010 - 14:51.


Thank you so much for donating Jill's teaching materials to the school. I knew as I looked through Mrs. McDermott's closet Jill would be thrilled at the thought of her things helping more children. She was a great advocate for our kids. I was able to get a game that my kids have really enjoyed. I also got red paint tape which sounds so silly, but is awesome for classroom organization (something that makes me think fondly of Jill :)). I will use it with pride.

Thanks Again,
Jess Jones


Submitted by jillmcdermott on Fri, 12/17/2010 - 14:49.

Hi Jon,

I want to thank you for donating all of Jill's school supplies to Dudley.
I picked out two games I will be using with my students and I know everytime I use them I will think fondly of your sweet wife. I was fortunate enough to co-teach with Jill at Dudley for two years. She was wonderful with the children and very easy to work with. We were a good team together. She is most definitely missed here at Dudley. My prayers continue to be with you and the rest of Jill's family.

Sarah Williams

More kindness from Dudley

Submitted by jillmcdermott on Thu, 12/16/2010 - 00:46.

I'm new to Dudley this year so I didn't know Jill but it's obvious from all of the things I've heard what a wonderful person she was and a dedicated teacher. Thank you for the materials donated to Dudley which were given to all the classrooms. It was very generous and my students and I greatly appreciate it.

Michelle Grillo

More Donation Comments

Submitted by jillmcdermott on Wed, 12/15/2010 - 23:21.

Thought of you and Jill today - Your generous donation to the teachers at Dudley is remarkable! I selected a lamp and will be reminded of the light Jill brought to our school when ever it is on! You are in my prayers!

Vicki McDaniel Smith


More Comments from 12-4-2010 Donation

Submitted by jillmcdermott on Wed, 12/15/2010 - 15:43.


Thank you for your generosity to our Dudley children. You have helped so many. Jill would be very proud of you.

Merry Christmas,
Mary Montgomery


Comments from 12-4-2010 Donation

Submitted by jillmcdermott on Wed, 12/15/2010 - 15:38.


Thank you so much for your generous donation to our school. The children are very lucky to have what you have sent in. Hope your holiday is a relaxing one.

Sheila Caerns

Nine Tables of School Supplies Donated 12-4-2010

Submitted by jillmcdermott on Wed, 12/15/2010 - 15:34.

Thank you for your donation to Dudley School. Our students in K-1 LEAD also wanted to say thank you by making cards. As a new teacher to Dudley, I am overwhelmed by the caring demeanor and generosity I see every day. Thank you for your gift!
With great appreciation,
Sarah Klosner


Books for Fairy Tale Unit

Submitted by jillmcdermott on Wed, 12/15/2010 - 15:29.

Each year I do a big unit with my second graders on fairy tales and fractured fairy tales. I usually use the library for these books, but often these books have been taken out by other teachers or students and are not available when I need them. I would love to have my own copies of these books. Paper back is fine and gently used is fine too. I am including the entire list, but even one or two would be greatly appreciated. This is so kind of you!

Jill's Memorial Fund Fulfilled Ellen's entire wish-list......

Wow... I am speechless and so touched. Thank you so very much! I know how much Jill loved books and I will think of her always, as I share these wonderful stories with students.

Ellen Murphy

Classroom Technology

Submitted by jillmcdermott on Wed, 12/15/2010 - 15:26.

I am thrilled with the itouch! It is beautiful and I love the inscription. Thank you for being so thoughtful! I am researching the apps and I also think I will be able to use the recording feature to tape the kids reading to help them with their fluency! Your name and Jill's came up at grade level today and we are just so awed at your continuous generosity and kindness. What a lovely way to honor Jill. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this very difficult holiday season. You were truly a very special couple. Some people never have that opportunity in life to find true love. I know yours was cut too short and I am so sorry for that!
All my best!
Lynn Grace-1st Grade


Submitted by Sue Federico on Mon, 08/09/2010 - 10:34.

I knew Jill as a young girl. She was always so vibrant and full of life. What a terrible loss.