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New estate sale business to benefit Greater Tucson Fire Foundation

(L-R) Patty Vallance, Jennifer Cassius and Anita Feder (Courtesy Family Friends, LLC)

Jennifer Cassius, Anita Feder and Patty Vallance recently formed Family Friends, LLC, an estate sales company.

Family Friends aims to help families with the distribution and disposition of personal property, whether due to downsizing, a transition to alternative living arrangements or the loss of a loved one, “with an approach that combines respect, dignity and compassion,” says Cassius.

The Greater Tucson Fire Foundation, which has worked with the Weintraub Israel Center, the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and other partners to send local firefighters to Israel and bring Israeli fire and safety experts to Tucson to confer with local first responders, will receive a designated portion of the company’s sales commissions. These donations will help fund health and wellness initiatives for firefighters in Southern Arizona.

As a teen, Feder suffered first, second and third degree burns in a work-related accident. Designating the fire foundation as Family Friends’ charity of choice reflects her commitment to giving back to local first responders. “They are there for all of us, we want to do this as a tangible way of saying, ‘Thank you,’” says Feder. Additionally, Family Friends donates perishables, prescription eyewear and items that are not considered saleable to local charities. Remaining unsold items are also donated to a variety of local charities, chosen by the families.

Having lost both her parents at a young age, Vallance says she understands the importance of providing professional assistance during challenging times. She and her partners “all have been involved in social action projects and nonprofit causes to benefit our communities for decades. This is one more way that we can be of service, and it is our honor to do this.”

For more information, visit estatesalestucson.com or call 545-7253.