Introducing the Alex and Elisabeth Lewyt Charitable Trust Grants

We are delighted to announce that Pet Peeves will be working with the Alex and Elisabeth Lewyt  Charitable Trust to provide grants to Long Island-based charities that align with the Lewyt Trust’s mission. Details are found in the materials linked below.

The Lewyts were instrumental in rescuing countless animals and were tireless in their efforts on behalf of animals in need. To learn more about the Lewyts, we ask that you read their biography provided below.

We invite non-profits who meet the stated requirements to submit grant applications. Please carefully review the provided documents for details. Application deadline: March 1, 2021

We are grateful for the opportunity to work with the Lewyt Trust to provide desperately needed funding for those who continue in the footsteps of Alex and Elisabeth Lewyt in rescuing animals here on Long Island

Here is the necessary documentation for download:

Introducing Alex and Elisabeth Lewyt

Alex Lewyt (1908 – 1988) was a visionary, inventor and entrepreneur. Elisabeth “Babette” Lewyt championed organizations that followed a no-kill policy for stray and abandoned pets. Together, the Lewyts were instrumental in saving countless animals from euthanasia, both through philanthropy and hands on work.

Mr. Lewyt held patents for scores of inventions, but he was best known for the Lewyt vacuum cleaner, a compact machine with no dust bag that was designed to operate without distorting television and radio reception. For the last 30 years of his life, he was president of the North Shore Animal League and was credited with restoring it to solvency and turning it into one of the largest animal shelters in the country. Having served on the board of directors of a number of philanthropic enterprises, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Mr. Lewyt often said he channeled his considerable energies into the North Shore Animal League because “my wife adores animals, and I adore my wife.”

Elisabeth Lewyt (1913 – 2012) championed organizations that followed a no-kill policy for strays and abandoned pets. Elisabeth Roulleau was born in 1913 in Chartres, France, near the city cathedral, and immigrated to the United States in 1936, later becoming a naturalized American citizen. She married Alex Lewyt in 1953 in New York City.

Known to her friends as Babette, Mrs. Lewyt was instrumental in rescuing countless animals from euthanasia, personally driving her van all over the roads of Long Island to visit shelters and rescue as many dogs and cats as she could. Having inspired countless others to give time and money to the cause, Mrs. Lewyt also served as chairperson of the board for the North Shore Animal League until her death.

Alex & Elisabeth Lewyt Wholly Charitable Trust

After her passing in 2012, Mrs. Lewyt left the bulk of her and her husband’s fortune to the newly created Alex & Elisabeth Lewyt  Charitable Trust, to carry on their philanthropy in perpetuity. Focusing mostly on Long Island, the Trust seeks to support organizations and programs that are consistent with its mission through grants and other initiatives.

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