Voices of Giving Awards
Voices of Giving Awards Honor the “Jewels of our Communities”
LEAVE A LEGACY® Summit/Portage/Medina hosted its sixth annual Voices of Giving Honors Awards in June. The event paid tribute to individuals in Summit, Portage and Medina Counties who out of selflessness, generosity and foresight, have chosen to leave a bequest or planned gift to their favorite charitable organization. The Kidney Foundation was honored that Ms. Jackie Brown agreed to be nominated as its Jewel.
In early 1997, Jackie called the Kidney Foundation for information on the renal diet. Jackie was very concerned about her brother who was receiving hemodialysis treatments, and she wanted to prepare some meals that would be within his diet guidelines. The Foundation happily loaned her cookbooks, and sent her off with other information on kidney disease. She would call or visit the Foundation regularly to ask questions or seek other information as she tried to learn about the challenges her brother was experiencing.
Jackie has been quietly and anonymously supporting the Foundation and its clients for several years. The Kidney Foundation is delighted that she has stepped forward in this important way to not only show her support of the Kidney Foundation and its work, but also to honor the memory of her brother Mr. Richard M. Brown. She is a firm believer in the quote by Edward Everett Hale (1822-1909), “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.”
How Can You Make A Difference To Your Favorite Charity?
Medina County is a special place, and residents regularly volunteer and give generous financial assistance to non-profit organizations. This is an important part of making Medina County home. You can continue to regularly pledge your support during your lifetime, but your financial support will certainly be missed when you’re gone.
YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU, but you can leave this world knowing your wishes will be followed – if you have a valid will. It’s something most of us do not want to think about–having a will–yet it offers certain advantages to your heirs and peace of mind for you. LEAVE A LEGACY® is a program of the National Committee on Planned Giving to promote interest in charitable giving through a will or from an estate. Part of the Mission of LEAVE A LEGACY® is to encourage individuals, regardless of financial position, to leave something to the non-profits that have made a difference in their lifetime. With a valid will, individuals may leave a specific amount, ($100, $200), or a portion of their estate (5%, 10%) on their death. What a thoughtful way to make a difference to the community we call home.