On Wednesday, August 18, the Red Cross Gold Country Region honored its Legacy Society members with a special luncheon and awards ceremony. Members of the Legacy Society benefit the American Red Cross in their estate and financial planning by making a provision for a bequest or planned gifts.
Karin Owens, chair of the Gift Planning Committee, emceed the event and spoke about the importance of donors’ gifts, which ensure that the Red Cross can deliver on its mission. “We appreciate all of you who have taken steps to leave a legacy of caring beyond your lifetime,” she said.
Illustrating the impact of financial contributions was a guest speaker who lost her home in an apartment fire in June. She joined Disaster Assistance Team member Heath Wakelee in speaking to the audience about how the Red Cross came to aid her in the immediate aftermath of the fire and beyond, providing her with a place to stay, personal necessities, information, and follow-up calls.
Later in the program, Karin Owens received the Linda Brandenburger Award, which is given for demonstrating significant leadership contributing to the advancement of the chapter’s estate and gift planning efforts. Owens has chaired the Gift Planning Committee for the past four years, contributing significant time and expertise.
“We’re extremely grateful to Karin and our Legacy Circle members,” said Gary Strong, CEO of the Red Cross Gold Country Region. “Through their foresight, these generous donors are empowering the Red Cross to help people prepare for and recover from emergencies in years to come.”
If you are interested in becoming a Legacy Society member, contact Kris Kirkpatrick at 993-7081.