Meet Gift Planning Donors
We thank all our gift planning donors for their generous support. Here is a sample of gift planning donor stories.
Dad Finds Unexpected Joy
Gene Presson saw the difference in his sons instantly. "People don't realize how important a sense of accomplishment is. They take for granted what it means to a person, the impact of receiving praise for a job well done. It can make all the difference."
Passion At Work
Gary Karner has always been a passionate participant and supporter of athletics. While working at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), he was asked to help recruit staff—game officials, timers and scorers—for a Special Olympics basketball tournament.
A Place in Her Heart
Officer Tracy Grady first got involved with Special Olympics through the Law Enforcement Torch Run with her fellow officers. Before long she was attending events, volunteering and raising funds for the organization. But she wanted to do more.
Special Olympics Athlete Supports Future Generations
Kristine Hughes has worn a lot of hats in her lifetime—firefighter, Navy sailor, athlete, student, coach, and now, a member of our planned giving recognition group, The Champion's Society.
Going the Extra Mile
Charles "Chip" Steitz's first encounter with Special Olympics was at the 1979 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. Chip went the extra mile then, as he has ever since in service to children and adults with intellectual disabilities -- he helped raise critical funds from friends and family and volunteered his time to ensure a safe, quality athlete experience at those Games.
Change A Community
Kathryn Clark believes that Special Olympics "deserves the support of everyone." She not only makes annual contributions to the organization now, but she has made a bequest to support the next generation of Special Olympics athletes. Here's why, in her own words:
A Couple Proves Anonymity Speaks Volumes
"We don't want any recognition or special attention." That's a comment I hear often from Special Olympics supporters who have included us as a beneficiary in their wills, of their retirement plan savings or other legacy gift. Maybe it's because they are worried they won't be able to keep their promise. But I really think it's because Special Olympics supporters are not after recognition—they just want to help. Of course, we honor requests to be anonymous because even donors who wish to remain anonymous can encourage others to follow their lead by permitting their story to be told. This is one of those stories.