Wednesday, June 16, 1999

Donors honored for remembering charities

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        When Marian Griffin of Evendale died in 1996, she had not made provisions in her will to leave money to the causes she treasured.

        Her brother, Robert Griffin, also of Evendale, said she had wanted to leave money to the Sycamore Senior Center, where she often volunteered.

        Instead, “a lot of it went to taxes,” he said.

        In his sister's honor, Mr. Griffin has arranged to leave money to the Blue Ash center, as she would have wanted.

        Mr. Griffin was one of 12 people honored Tuesday night by Leave a Legacy in Cincinnati for making selfless arrangements to leave a bequest or planned gift to their favorite charities. Leave a Legacy, an initiative of the Greater Cincinnati Planned Giving Council, seeks to improve the community by encouraging gifts to its nonprofit and charitable organizations.

        “I would certainly encourage everyone to not let their will go unattended for too long,” Mr. Griffin told the awards audience at Union Central Insurance and In vestments in Forest Park.

        All the honored were nominated by the organizations they had named in their wills.

        Harold K. Franks of Lakeside Park, Ky., received a distinguished recognition award for his charitable donation to the Cincinnati Bible College and Seminary in Price Hill. The college received an extra $1,000 in Mr. Franks' name as a result of his honor.

        Others honored were:

        • Holly Holmes of Loveland, who gave to Living Arrangements for Developmental Disabilities.

        • The late Elsie Parsons of Ludlow, who gave to Senior Services of Northern Kentucky.

        • William Mulvihill of Anderson Township, who gave to the Arthritis Foundation, which he serves as national chairman.

        • George and Marguerite Nassauer of Anderson Township, who gave to the Cincinnati Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.

        • Carson Smith of Hyde Park, who gave to the American Cancer Society.

        • Joseph and Emma Kowalewski of Anderson Township, who gave to the St. Joseph Home in Sharonville, which provides assistance to devel opmentally disabled children.

        • Philip and Margaret Craft of Anderson Township, who gave to Mercy Hospital Anderson.

        • The late Elizabeth Rose Cameron of Cincinnati, who gave to the Pregnancy Care Center in North College Hill.

        • Ruth M. Jones of Cincinnati, who gave to the Great Rivers Girl Scout Council.

        • The late Thomas Schippers, who lived in Cincinnati and conducted the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra from 1970 until his death in 1977. He bequeathed money to the orchestra.

        Joyce Wise, professional spokeswoman for Leave a Legacy, said the national initiative started in Cincinnati three years ago to encourage residents to make provisions in their wills to help area charities.

        The Cincinnati branch was one of the nation's first.

        “Whether your ability is to give $100 or $100 million, it really makes no difference,” Ms. Wise said.

        For information on Leave a Legacy, call 595-5416.


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