A Lasting Legacy: Legacy Honor Roll Luncheon
Jim Rohn says, "All good men and women must take responsibility to create legacies that will take the next generation to a level we could only imagine."
Creating such a legacy is at the heart of our work at Children's Mercy.
We use the word "legacy" to describe something that is handed down from one generation to the next. What is our Children's Mercy legacy? How do we define it? How is it created?
Ours is a legacy of ever-advancing, compassionate pediatric health care for all children. Whether you're a nurse, volunteer, physician or executive, we come to work every day expanding on a legacy created nearly 120 years ago.
Out in the community, an altogether different group of people have committed to ensuring our legacy continues to thrive. Legacy Honor Roll members are a unique group of generous people who have decided to leave Children's Mercy in their estate plans through a planned gift.
"Donors who make planned gifts send a message to others that they believe in the future of Children's Mercy and our service to children for generations to come," says Jenea Oliver, vice president of philanthropy.
To date, more than 500 community members have bestowed Children's Mercy a portion of their estate in the form of a will, retirement plan, life insurance plan and/or trust. Some of these members may have had a child here, while others have never stepped foot in our hospital; however, all of these members have decided that they want to make sure Children's Mercy, and its employees, can continue building a legacy of healthy tomorrows for all children.
In return, our Legacy Honor Roll supporters have also become part of our legacy. You'll see their names, along with other donors, engraved throughout the hospital on walls, pictures, plaques and entrances.
To celebrate this unique group of donors, Children's Mercy recently hosted a Legacy Honor Roll Luncheon where a panel, representing Ambulatory Services, Graduate Medical Education, Environmental Services and Children's Mercy Foundation presented on the importance of planned gifts. The panelists spoke about our history and how planned gifts have allowed Children's Mercy to expand and improve care for children throughout the years.
"The legacy our donors leave will last a lifetime and beyond," says David Westbrook, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Innovation.
During the luncheon, donors were recognized and given an Honor Roll pin as an expression of gratitude for their future commitments to Children's Mercy through planned gifts.
"Donors make it possible to continue our legacy," Jenea says. "When you look at how far we've come in pediatric health care over the past five generations, it is miraculous. Our donors make miracles happen and are changing the lives of children. What a sense of pride they must feel for being a part of that."
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