Judith Hope Blau

Secretary

Judith H. Blau joined the Board of Directors of the Friends of Thirteen, Inc. in 2013. She designs and invents children’s products and licenses concepts for the toy, gift, home furnishings, and apparel industries. In addition, she is a published children’s author and illustrator. Judith received the Hasbro Toy Company Inventor’s Hall of Fame Award and many of her books and products have been inducted into the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, NY. She was honored by the Chicago Toy and Game Industry Foundation in 2017 with the, “Lifetime Achievement Award”.

Locally, she serves on the Eastchester Beautification Foundation’s Board, Co-Chair, Town Sign Committee, and Architectural Review Board, appointed Alternate. she was honored with the David R. DiRubba Community Service Award for Eastchester Columbus Day Celebration with Westchester County Board of Legislators declaring Oct. 17, 2019 in her name.

Judith is also the creator and Director of the Treetures® Environmental Education Program, a national and international nonprofit program that introduces young children to the biology of trees and teaches them how vital they are to keeping the earth’s ecosystems healthy.  Her work helping to bring environmental education to children has been recommended and used by schools, scouts, communities, nonprofit organizations and government agencies. She has been recognized by The United Nations Environment Programme and supported by the USDA Forest Service, honoring her with the USDA Forest Service Performance Award of Excellence and the United States Department of Agriculture Certificate of Appreciation. She has served on many Boards, locally and nationally, including First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Millennium Green White House Council to promote conservation education from 1999-2000. The Britton Fund, in partnership with TreeCircus, is one of the newest sponsors of the Treetures Program in communities in California, Arizona, Nevada, and Hawaii with the distribution of Treetures material and appearances of Treeture costumes.

Judith draws upon her experience in various industries and community youth projects, to broaden her perspective and understanding of the important role of “play” for child development. Her ultimate goal is to create children’s products and programs that capture the imagination, educate, stimulate and entertain.