In honor of PREFund founding member Dena Fischer, we’ve established The Dena Fischer Library fund at Daniel Webster Elementary School. It is our mission to carry her passion for reading forward for future generations.
Dena lost her 18-month battle against Leiomyosarcoma, a rare type of cancer, in April 2014.
We are in the process of creating a library truly befitting her memory. It will be a magical place that inspires a lifetime love of reading that is bursting with books to kindle even the most reluctant child’s interest, and amply reflects Dena’s beauty and spirit.
Dena was the spark that lit the grassroots effort to stop Daniel Webster from closing in 2005. For nine years, she fought passionately for Daniel Webster. She was a composed, articulate, and fierce advocate. Her efforts were not in vain. All of her work has reinvigorated the Potrero neighborhood and left a permanent mark.
It’s more than fitting that the library at Daniel Webster has been renamed The Dena Fischer Library in honor of her memory. Dena was a literary agent and copywriter by trade, always finding the perfect words and phrasing to convey the proper tone in speech or by pen—another key to her success as an agent for change at Daniel Webster. She was also a voracious reader and a champion for literacy—donating money for books, endlessly shelving books, tutoring kids, and implementing a successful tutoring program called Reading Partners.
Dena Fischer 1966 - 2014