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Donor Stories

Donor Stories

Learn how others have made an impact through their acts of giving to our organization and others.

  • MADE A LIFE OUT OF GIVING BACK
    MADE A LIFE OUT OF GIVING BACK
    Retired Hoag physician Fritz Westerhout, M.D., clearly remembers his first date with wife Elaine. A native Southern Californian, he was...
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  • Grateful for the Opportunity to Give
    Grateful for the Opportunity to Give
    Joyce Cathcart may have grown up in Southern California, but her parents raised her with firm Midwestern values. She says with a smile...
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  • GRATEFUL HOAG DONORS
    GRATEFUL HOAG DONORS
    If anyone knows a good hospital when they see one, they would be Dr. Rudolph Baldoni and his wife, Dorothy. As grateful patients of Hoag...
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  • Partners in Life, Business and Giving Back
    Partners in Life, Business and Giving Back
    A chance encounter brought them together, but love has sustained Varla and Curt Knauss. While waiting for...
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  • A Legendary Life
    A Legendary Life
    JoAnn Kenton has quite a few colorful stories to tell and she's not done making a few more along the way. She was born in Los Angeles...
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  • Laughing at Her Luck
    Laughing at Her Luck
    Evelyn Hart Gives Back with a Grateful Heart Evelyn Hart will be the first person to tell you she is the luckiest woman in Newport Beach.
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  • Ahead of Her Time
    Ahead of Her Time
    A true trailblazer, Margaret Richardson made the decision to forgo the traditional route expected of women of her era.
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  • Bob and Ann McLean: There is no place like Hoag
    Bob and Ann McLean: There is no place like Hoag
    When it came time to plan their estate, Bob and Ann McLean had a decision to make. They knew that philanthropy would be an important part of their estate plan. As they considered...
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  • Loyal, Brave and True: Honoring the Legacy of Bill Bracey
    Loyal, Brave and True: Honoring the Legacy of Bill Bracey
    William E. Bracey's legacy will contribute to the health and happiness of those serviced by the Hoag Hospital Foundation for years to come...
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  • Globe-Trotting Gal Gives Back Barbara Fairfax
    Globe-Trotting Gal Gives Back Barbara Fairfax
    Barbara Fairfax has found charitable gift annuities to be a great vehicle for supporting her passions...
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  • Meet Marilyn!
    Meet Marilyn!
    Marilyn Bunyak is a member of the 552 Club, a group of volunteers and donors dedicated to promoting and financially supporting Hoag...
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  • Longtime Volunteers Remember Hoag in Their Trust
    Longtime Volunteers Remember Hoag in Their Trust
    Jerry and Nancy Lippert have firsthand experience with the wonderful care provided at Hoag Hospital. In 2001, Jerry had three major surgeries at Hoag Hospital...
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Gift Examples

  • Bequests
    Joe and Anna have been faithful supporters of our organization. They believe it is important to help further our mission.
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  • Fixed Income for Retirement
    After working for decades as a pediatrician in a small town, Patricia is ready to retire.
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  • Tax-Free Sale
    Howard and Lynn were both age 55 when they purchased some vacant land a few miles outside of town. They thought real estate would be a good investment that could be sold later for a profit.
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  • Capital Gains Tax Bypassed
    Peter and Gail were nearing retirement. Over the years, with the help of their financial advisor, they made solid investments in securities and built a sizable portfolio.
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  • Peace of Mind Gift Annuity
    Many years ago, Clara bought a home. Since she was very pleased with her home, she bought stock in the company that built the home.
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  • Endowment Gift
    Pat and Shelly were recently married. They both had been dedicated volunteers at their favorite charity for many years.
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  • Sale and Unitrust
    Gene and Carol purchased stock in a small medical service company several years ago. The company has done well.
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  • The Retirement Unitrust
    Mary grew up on a farm. When her parents passed away, she and her husband Bill inherited the farm.
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  • Property Turns Into Income
    Miranda lived in the family home where she and her spouse had raised their three children. After her spouse passed away, Miranda found it increasingly difficult to care for her property.
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  • Flexible Deferred Gift Annuity
    Lewis is a 54-year-old executive at a large healthcare company. He purchased company stock during years when the stock price was low, and now the stock has grown substantially.
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  • Part Gift and Part Sale
    Susan and Kevin bought a vacant lot along Lake Michigan many years ago. They had planned to build a second home so that their family could spend their summers along the lake.
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  • Current Gifts
    As is the case with many families, there are times each year when Jim and Sharon focus their attention on gift giving.
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  • A Bequest to Further Good Work
    Nancy and David were dedicated volunteers. Over the years, they had seen many individuals helped by the good work of their favorite charity.
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  • Deferred Gift Annuity
    Several years ago, Larry and Allison invested $30,000 in what they believed to be an attractive stock.
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  • What Will You Do with Your Unspent Retirement Savings?
    Michael and Kelly were retired engineers with two adult children. They owned a home, some stocks, and IRAs.
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  • Gift Annuity for Real Estate
    Jonathan purchased his home many years ago for $80,000. The home is now worth $420,000. Jonathan wants to sell his home and buy a condo for $130,000.
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  • A Bequest to Save Taxes
    Thomas was a widower who had a great love for our organization. As an individual who had directly benefited from our work, Thomas wanted to thank us with a gift from his estate.
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  • Leading for the Future
    Luke and Candice spent many years volunteering and supporting their favorite charity. They wanted to give back in a way that would help fulfill its mission.
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  • Give it Twice Trust
    While visiting her favorite charity's website, June came across the idea of a give it twice trust. She contacted the charity for more information.
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  • Providing for Our Children's Future
    Joe and Kathy worked for many years building their nest egg for retirement.
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  • Bequest of Insurance
    Marla and Wayne purchased a life insurance policy many years ago to create security for their children's future.
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  • Testamentary Charitable Remainder Unitrust: Have Your Cake and Eat it Too!
    We have all heard the saying "You can't have your cake and eat it too." This phrase describes a situation where we want two good things at the same time when that isn't possible.
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