Wednesday, November 13, 2019
St. Paul’s held its 8th Annual Legacy Society Luncheon on November 7, 2019 at The Villas. The Legacy Society was created in 2000 to recognize a special group of donors who have chosen to make a deferred gift for St. Paul's in their estate planning.
Twenty-four Legacy Society members were honored at the event.
“Today we are here to celebrate you and the commitment you’ve made to the residents and mission of St. Paul’s," said Director of Planned & Major Giving Dawn Hartman. "Gandhi once said, 'The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.' As I look around this room, I see a group of people who are living their lives in service of others."
There are 62 living Legacy Society members today and 82 who have since passed away but whose generosity will never be forgotten. Since the last luncheon, nine new members were welcomed into the society – Jim & Jackie Weyman, Bob & Margie Hays, Dick & Patti Jones and three other donors who wished to remain anonymous.
The theme for the luncheon this year was “Moments of Joy.”
"For older adults struggling with health issues, a good day can be defined in moments of joy," said Hartman. "That is what you help create with your gifts. You create moments of joy that become a part of a life worth living, regardless of a person's age, ability or health status."
Hartman went on to highlight the music therapy program at St. Paul's, which is responsible for spreading a lot of joy and was originally launched with a gift from a donor.
She shared a video of St. Paul's certified music therapist Cindy Legwaila talking about the program and the impact it has had on the residents at St. Paul's. You can watch the video here.
The program wrapped up with Karen Kirchhofer, whose mother lives at The Villas, sharing her personal story about how important music and the therapy program is to her family.
In closing Hartman said, "We hope you felt a sense of satisfaction and peace today as you listened to these stories about moments of joy at St. Paul’s, knowing that you have chosen to help this legacy continue. Thank you again for your commitment to St. Paul’s."
You can check out the photo gallery from the event here.