Pamela Kluft is a dedicated community volunteer and philanthropist who joined Didi Hirsch’s Board in 2015 to promote suicide prevention and to support the agency’s efforts to erase the stigma of mental illness.
Kluft’s sister, Beth Joy Hess, died by suicide in 2012. Devastated by her death, Kluft found comfort in Didi Hirsch’s Survivors After Suicide program, which includes bereavement support groups, semiannual reunions and other activities for people who have lost loved ones to suicide.
Kluft says she was stunned by how many people confided in her they had also lost someone to suicide but never felt comfortable talking about it. Her sister, who suffered from depression but hid her pain from her loved ones, is survived by three adult children.
Kluft, who was an active school volunteer while her children were growing up, has been volunteering as a weekly reading mentor for the past five years at Wonderland Avenue elementary school, which she attended as a child.
She has a bachelor’s degree in child development from California State University at Northridge. She and her husband, Earl, have three adult children and live in Beverly Hills.
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