Karen N. Chizeck, 59, political and nonprofit fund-raiser

September 2, 2018

Karen Nancy Chizeck, 59, a Philadelphia political and nonprofit fundraiser for 30 years, died Aug. 31, 2018

By Staff

Karen N. Chizeck, 59, a Republican fund-raising executive and political activist who nevertheless thrived in heavily Democratic Philadelphia, died Friday, Aug. 31, of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and non-Hodgkin lymphoma at the Abramson Center for Jewish Life in North Wales, Montgomery County, where she was in hospice care.

Born in Pittsburgh and raised in Mt. Lebanon, Pa., Chizeck graduated from American University in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in international relations. She began her dual career in political and nonprofit fund-raising, working for U.S. Sen. John Heinz, WHYY-TV 12 and Fox Chase Cancer Center before unsuccessfully running for the state House of Representatives in the 182nd district in 1988.

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