The Yvette & Arthur Eder Foundation's mission is to help sick or distressed children and their families.
Yvette and Arthur Eder met in their 20’s, and spent the better part of 60 years married. Yvette passed away in 2003, and Arthur passed away in 2006.
When they first married Arthur sent Yvette a letter saying that “I don’t have much in the way of worldly goods and money to give you, but I will give you my love. Hopefully someday soon I will be successful and then I will be able to buy you anything you desire.” As it turns out his promise came true and he was more than able to provide for her, their children and grandchildren.
In 1933 Arthur began Eder Brothers Inc. with his brother Sidney. Eder Brothers, based in West Haven, CT is a wholesale wine and liquor distributor. As the business became successful so did Arthur’s desire to help others. At first he started small, but as time went on he was instrumental in many organizations.
When Yvette was dying of cancer and Arthur’s own health was declining, they decided that their daughter Jill should start The Yvette and Arthur Eder Foundation. Yvette and Arthur always loved children. It was with their love of children that the mission of the foundation was formed. The foundation’s mission is to help sick or distressed children and their families.
In addition, the foundation supports Camp Rising Sun, Make a Wish, and Give Kids the World. The foundation has funds in Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, Hartford Hospital, and St. Vincent's Hospital.
The YVETTE and ARTHUR EDER FOUNDATION’s MISSION
Arthur Eder was a corporate leader for decades. As an employer of many, he enjoyed and appreciated the respect, loyalty, and hard work of his employees. In an effort to help others, Arthur and his wife Yvette identified an unaddressed need:
When a crisis presents itself, the wealthy have resources, the indigent have social services and the working population was left to fend for themselves. When hardworking families are faced with tragedy, they have nowhere to turn.
The foundation gives families “resources” to help them get back on their feet. This onetime allotment to families allows them to maintain control and dignity.
A sick child might require that a parent leave work to function as a “caretaker.” Help from the “Foundation” gives them the resources to help them in their time of need.