Legacy Luncheon Honors 2015-2016 Estate Gifts
On June 17, 2016, MCH celebrated several benefactors at the Legacy Luncheon in Johnson Student Center. This year, five families were honored with a special presentation and bronze plaques that will be placed in the Mulkey Memorial Garden.
The garden, located next to the Administration building on the Waco campus, honors those who have contributed to MCH through estate gifts with plaques commemorating gifts of $125,000 or more. The garden is named in memory of Abe and Louisa Mulkey, evangelists who were instrumental in keeping the doors of MCH open during its early years.
During the luncheon, Trey Oakley, vice president for development, spoke about each benefactor and thanked them for their contributions to our ministry.
Estates honored during the 2016 Legacy Luncheon
John and Rebecca Baird – Mr. and Mrs. Baird were married in 1948 and shared a life until John passed away in 2006. The couple enjoyed an active retirement for 24 years and were the first residents of the White Acres Good Samaritan Retirement Village. Rebecca passed away on Jan. 16, 2015. She was a beloved first grade teacher and an active member of her church, Trinity First United Methodist Church in El Paso.
Ima Lea Gamblin – When Mrs. Gamblin was a child she was moved by the radio program that featured children from MCH. Her memories of the children she heard inspired her to want to make their lives better. Gamblin’s generosity not only affected MCH, but also many she encountered. She cared for her older brother, Willie, who was injured in an automobile accident and loved her nieces and nephews as if they were her own. Her family remembers her for her kind heart and giving nature and said they were truly blessed to be a part of her life.
Mary Anne Phillips – Mrs. Phillips was a piano teacher who loved music and the arts, and showed generosity to local arts charities in Houston in addition to MCH. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution along with her sister, with whom she traveled extensively after their husbands passed away. Although she didn’t have any children of her own, she loved them and as a loyal Methodist, felt close to MCH.
Sue Travis – Mrs. Travis lived a happy and healthy 91 years. One friend described her as someone “who lived as a Christian, generous and kind to all those blessed to know her.” She was also described as a true Southern Belle and met her husband at a military dance attended by the belles. The couple loved to travel and settled in Gainesville, Fla., for their retirement where they were active in the First United Methodist Church.
Frank Wilson White – Mr. White grew up in Morgan, Texas, and was a member of Morgan United Methodist Church. He married his high school sweetheart, Mary Vada Boulware, in 1942 and joined the Army Air Corp in 1943 as an instructor for the belly turret gunnery on the B-17. After he was honorably discharged, he and his wife returned to Morgan where he owned and operated a service station and also worked as a mail carrier. Mr. White was a long-time supporter of MCH throughout his life. He often felt a close bond to the stories of children in Sunshine and frequently shared words of encouragement to those serving and being blessed by this ministry.
Support MCH through Planned Giving
MCH appreciates the generosity of our benefactors who partner with us to serve children, youth and families every day. Through planned giving, our supporters have a variety of options to provide needed resources for the children while also providing income for life for the donor (and beneficiaries if desired) and potential tax benefits.
To learn more about ways to bless this ministry with a gift from your estate or trust, or to participate in the MCH gift annuity program, please visit the Planned Giving section of our website at:
Wills and Bequests
Charitable Gift Annuities
Gifts of Retirement Assets
Charitable Lead Trusts
Gifts of Appreciated Stock
Charitable Remainder Trusts
Gifts of Life Insurance
Gifts of Real Estate
Deferred Charitable Gift Annuities
To discuss planned giving opportunities through MCH, please contact Allison Crawford, Director of Benefactor Relations, at (800) 853-1272 or ACrawford@mch.org.