Who Was Alice S. Pfaelzer?
“…Alice reshaped many a life and we are all much better as a result. I just remember her smiling face and willing presence…. Alice certainly played an integral role in our major fundraising and endowment projects. When I was active in major fundraising projects, there was a magical bond between Alice, myself and a few others, with the major catalyst being Mary [Mingus].”
–Nancy Ayer, WCSC supporter and former board member
The Alice S. Pfaelzer Children’s Center was named for a woman who believed that children should have an opportunity to get the best education and develop virtues to help them succeed in the future. She was a passionate activist who shared our vision of a children’s center: a safe space for kids; a place where adults and older youth could volunteer as tutors and mentors that would promote nonviolence, empowerment and virtues to build confidence, integrity and a sense of community.
Alice’s interest in education began long before she and her husband, Butch, moved to St. Croix. She developed Musical Education Reaching Instrumental Talents (MERIT) in 1979, to fund and promote music education for inner-city students. The MERIT program assisted over 6000 music students in Chicago, Illinois.
Alice was an active Virgin Islander. She served on committees and nonprofit boards, sharing her passion for education and her experience with program development and fundraising. She was instrumental in bringing the dream of a safe space for children that provides tools to help them achieve their goals “in school and in life” to fruition.
Alice was responsible for raising a significant amount of funding to open WCSC’s children’s center. The Center opened in April 2005. Alice continued to tutor kids at the Center, but only briefly, due to illness. Alice passed away from pancreatic cancer in August 2005.