What We Do

At the Peyton Tuthill Foundation we help children who have lost a parent or sibling to homicide. We do this by providing scholarships and an emotional support network. We help young survivors understand their rights to be notified, to be heard, and to give them a voice in the criminal justice system.


Peyton in the Grand Tetons on a one-month survival trip. Her legacy continues to change tomorrow for young survivors.

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Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you. We have awarded $90,000 in scholarships. This total is expected to reach $110,000 by June of 2020.

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Families are emotionally, psychologically,  physically and financially shattered by homicide. Hearts of Hope provides a small way to acknowledge the devastation  and connect young survivors who have lost  their family.   Consider the loss of a child to violence in your family and the impact on your ability to function.  Families are left paralyzed.  The scholarships offer compassion and hope for the children left behind.

National Crime Victims' Rights Week 3rd Annual Race for Justice

April 18, 2020

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Free snow cones, games, hot dogs, entertainment & community resources for victims of crime.

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Thank you for making our Diamond Anniversary Wine & Cheese Tasting a huge success!

See our events page for our upcoming events!

To all sponsors, businesses, & guests from the Peyton Tuthill Foundation, helping to exceed our goal at the Diamond Anniversary. Rather than 15 new scholarships, we have 18!! You continue to give hope to young survivors.

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Quotes from Recipients

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“Ms. Tuthill thank you for the compassion, thoughts and kind words. My dad was always there for me and now I can never see him again. Parents are the foundation of a child's life. From birth to adolescence and even throughout adulthood, parents hold a vital role. My dad was my best friend, my hero, my definition of a true parent. He spent his entire life making sure that my siblings and I would be given a promising future with many opportunities and freedom. He gave us faith, advice, and courage that helped us survive even our toughest times. I graduated a year early from high school with the highest honors, which was the last present I could ever give to my dad.”

MEGAN - September 4, 2019 -

"I wanted to say how much the foundation has helped me over the last few years. Receiving the scholarship has helped me financially through out the years by supporting and alleviated the financial stress of college. Knowing Pat and all her love has been the biggest factor of support. She has always been loving, supporting, and caring not just to me but all of my siblings. She has opened her heart and arms for all victim survivors and made being the recipient of The Tuthill Foundation Scholarship truly personable. The foundation is and can be a wonderful support group for connecting those who may feel alone while providing incentive to help them change the world based off of their experience.

With Love and Appreciation,


DANIEL - spoke at the Diamond Anniversary Event on September 26, 2019 - 

"Thank you for everything you have done for me and my brother in what has been by far the roughest years of our lives. So thank you for being there for us and being like a godmother. It has really made me feel loved and appreciated to hear from you and see you at events. I can't thank you enough. May God bless you and your organization. You are so loved and are so very loving.

Much Love,



National Organization for Victims Assistance (NOVA)                                            NOVA advocates for victims’ rights, assists service providers, provides direct victim assistance, offers training, and coordinates a National Crisis Response Team and the National Crime Victim Information and Referral Hotline.

National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children, Inc. (POMC)                              POMC provides the ongoing emotional support needed to help parents and other survivors facilitate the reconstruction of a "new life" and to promote healthy grief resolution. Being updated for you.

National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC): Cyberbullying                                                      The National Crime Prevention Council offers resources including fact sheets and four podcasts about general cyberbullying information, taking action in schools,  creating community change, and how teens feel about cyberbullying.

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The National Sexual Violence Resource Center have published some perfect tips on “active listening” that will only take you a hot minute to read (according to my friend Anne Seymour, nationally known public safety advocate). https://www.nsvrc.org/active-listening-terms

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Meet the Board


Pat Tuthill


Pat left her career as an HR executive to lobby all 50 states to pass the new, tougher interstate Compact that tracks parolees and probationers. In October 2005, she joined Governor Romney as he signed Compact legislation in Massachusetts achieving her dream of enacting the Interstate Compact in all states. Pat has since written a book on her experiences and created The Peyton Tuthill Foundation in memory of Peyton.

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Lee Kitchen

Vice President

Richard “Lee” Kitchen is a local writer of award winning screenplays and plays. Prior to writing full-time, Kitchen received his MBA at the University of New York, and then served as Professor of Marketing, Personal Finance, and Introduction to Business at Tallahassee Community College where he was awarded the ISOD Outstanding Professor Award. His background includes marketing and advertising for such companies as J. Walter Thompson, The Mentholatum Company, and Greater Buffalo Press. Kitchen is an Honorary Professor in Tianjin Foreign Studies University, Tianjin, China. He has served on the boards of Artpark & Company, Ability 1st, and The Peyton Tuthill Foundation.



Jane McElroy

Secretary & Treasurer

Senior Management Analyst, Florida Department of Children and Families

Jane has worked in state government for a number of years in various capacities, including the Florida Senate as a long-time Legislative Assistant to Senator Bankhead and as the Staff Director for the Senate Committee on Military Affairs and Domestic Security.  She previously served as the Chief of Staff and the Assistant Secretary for Administration with the Department of Juvenile Justice.  Currently, she is working with the Department of Children and Families in the Office of Child Welfare as a Legislative Liaison, responsible for coordinating all Legislative and budget issues dealing with child welfare.  She is active in the community, serving on the Boards of the Peyton Tuthill Foundation and Sustainable Tallahassee, and is the past President of the Blairstone Forest Homeowners Association.  Jane has two grandsons that she visits as often as she can in North Carolina, and she loves to travel, hike, and kayak.


Patrick Mahoney

Board Member

Deputy Director, Florida Department of Corrections

Mr. Mahoney has a broad range of expertise in corrections. He is responsible for the leadership and strategic management of the agency’s developmental, transitional and reentry programs. He leads the planning and developing of rules and procedures, coordinates and manages academic and special education, career and technical education, technology-based development, specialized community-based programs, specialized institutional programs, chaplaincy services, volunteer services, cognitive behavioral programs and substance use treatment programs for inmates and offenders under community supervision.

Patrick has also held the position of Assistant Bureau Chief in Prisons Programs of Re-entry, where he was responsible for the administrative and contract management and oversight for all in-prison substance use treatment programs and reentry programs statewide.



Kyle Baltuch

Board Member

Economist & Director of Development, Florida Tax Watch

A graduate of Florida State University, Kyle double majored in Economics and International Affairs, and earned his Master’s in Applied Economics from FSU’s College of Social Sciences and Public Policy.

In 2014, Kyle joined Florida TaxWatch and has since worked on a variety of topics affecting public policy in Florida. Mr. Baltuch is also a fixture at the Capitol during legislative session and has testified on a variety of subject matters before House and Senate committees.

When he’s not crunching numbers, Kyle enjoys volunteering in our community. In addition to sitting on this board, he also sits on the Big Bend Board of the Children's Home Society.

Meet the Interns




Hannah graduated from Florida State University's Honors Program in the Summer of 2019, with a double major in Criminology & Psychology.




Katie was a Criminal Justice major at Florida State University and graduated in the Spring of 2019, with minors in Psychology & Hospitality. She was recently accepted to the FSU Masters of Social Work Program to begin in Fall 2019.




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