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Eastchester-Tuckahoe Chamber Honors Fix, Benedicts

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – Michael Fix of Lake Isle and the owners of the Westchester Funeral Home were lauded Thursday evening by members of the Eastchester-Tuckahoe Chamber of Commerce for their commitment to and support of the community.

Fix was recognized as the Person of the Year and the 180-year old funeral home owned by Alan and Maria Benedict of Bronxville Manor was recognized as the Business of the Year at the chamber’s annual dinner dance at the Leewood Golf Club.  The event also raised funds for scholarships offered by the chamber and its sponsored community events, including senior lunches, the Halloween parade and Santa Stop, said chamber co-President Maria Macchia.

“Michael and the Benedict family have a history of service to the community and have exhibited exceptional contributions of time, talents and financial support to the community over the years,” said chamber co-President Sandy Albanese. “We are delighted to honor them at our annual dinner.”

Fix, a vice president at Merrill Lynch in White Plains, is well-known as one of the town historians and past president of the Eastchester Rotary Club.  As former chairperson of the American Red Cross of Westchester, he spearheaded the group’s efforts following the 9/11 terrorist attack, including spending time at ground zero, chamber officials said.

“I am flattered and feel privileged to be honored alongside this wonderful family,” Fix said.

The Benedicts were joined by their daughter Carrie Benedict Foley, who is also on staff at the funeral home and is the sixth generation to continue the family legacy that started in Greenwich Village and includes handling the funeral of President James Garfield following his 1881 assassination.  The funeral home relocated to Eastchester at the turn of the century, she said.

“We are happy to serve the community and honored to be acknowledged today. We are proud and privileged to be part of this community,” Maria Benedict said.

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