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Ingleside at King Farm Resident Supporting Fund
"Why I Give"
Donor Profile: B.J. Diggs

By Devon Seybert

B.J. Diggs moved to Ingleside at King Farm (IKF) in June of 2010. She and her husband, John, had survived Snowmageddon of 2010, and after four days of no heat, electricity, or running water, they were ready for a change. They looked at a few places, but after the IKF visit, they knew they'd found their new home.

Fast forward to today, and B.J. says it was a wonderful decision to move to IKF. From book clubs, to discussion groups on religion and politics, to going out to dinner with friends, "the social atmosphere is terrific."

B.J. has been a member of the IKF Development Committee for the last several years. When asked what made her and John decide to initially support the IKF Resident Supporting Fund, she responded, "We decided it was something worth giving to because this is our neighborhood now. If your neighbor needs something, you help out." She believes it adds to the sense of community, contributing to the welfare and security of the whole community. The process is confidential, which just adds to the security for the individual in need of support. She says you never know what the future may hold: a spouse having to move to Assisted Living or Skilled Nursing Care, the rising costs of pharmaceuticals, extended trip to the hospital, or simply living a long full life are all causes for financial challenges. It is so reassuring to know that Ingleside is providing a home for life.

"This is our neighborhood now. These are the people you used to talk to over the back fence. Now you just come down the hall to talk." Neighbors take care of neighbors.

For more information about the IKF Resident Supporting Fund and Westminster Ingleside Foundation, visit www.givetowif.org.

 

Larry and Glea Kreider
If you had met Glea and Larry Kreider some 20+ years ago and asked them what they thought their legacy would be, their answer would probably focus on their family. Larry might add something about his work as an Economics professor at Indiana University, or his time with the Federal Reserve. Glea might reflect on the love for learning she helped to instill with the young children she taught as a newlywed. Their answers are a reflection of the way they have lived their lives, directing their energies based on their values, beliefs, and the ideals they hold dear. Today their response would include something even more.

Forty years ago, Larry, was a board member of the first Ingleside community - The Presbyterian Home of the District of Columbia (now Ingleside at Rock Creek) and worked on the original development of Westminster at Lake Ridge (WLR). Glea was a volunteer on the Ingleside Women's Board. As WLR Pioneers, they were quickly involved with the new community, sharing their time and talents with other residents on committees and volunteering on and off campus.

Family, hard work, education, and opportunity were words that resonated with Glea and Larry when we talked about making a significant gift to benefit the community that they helped birth. They both knew the important role that education played in their and those of their children. Through many conversations over the years, the Kreider's realized that they could best help their community by offering financial support to staff to learn new skills and further their education.

Fast forward to today, and it is easy to see how the Kreider Professional Development Endowment Fund came to be. Matching the Kreider's philanthropic objectives with Ingleside's strategic plan is a win-win situation for all, especially WLR staff and the community they serve. The Kreider Gift has secured their legacy in the place they call home.

 

Cammie Burnight
A longtime and beloved resident of Ingleside at Rock Creek (IRC), Cammie Burnight's legacy lives on today. Her niece, Nancy Gralla, remembered her as a "thoughtful, skilled communicator." Cammie left IRC a legacy of goodwill, compassion, and lifelong learning. At 90, she learned to make mosaic stained glass art because she had been imbued with an insatiable sense of possibility. Nancy describes this as "Cammie's 'I Think I Can' passion for living." Because of Ms. Burnight's faithfulness, the IRC arts community continues to show what it can and will create.

But Cammie left more than goodwill and compassion to IRC. At her instruction, the Catherine Burnight Trust gifted $83,000 to benefit the Ingleside at Rock Creek (IRC) Resident Supporting Fund, the IRC Employee Appreciation Fund, and the IRC Art Fund. These gifts allowed Cammie to express her support of various IRC programs and her gratitude to the community she called home.

Months after her passing, a message left by Cammie to her fellow artists has revealed: "Art endures". The works of art created by the Mosaic Guild share that message far and wide as gifts for family, friends, and other residents, or fixtures and furnishings to beautify IRC, or commissioned acquisitions for collectors, with proceeds benefiting the Resident Supporting Fund."

 

Odette and Wolf Lehman/William and Young Shin Samuel
Today, Ingleside at King Farm residents and supporters have donated more than $1M in support of their Resident Supporting Fund. Several residents have taken their giving even further, by making a bequest of all or part of their refundable entrance fee. Their choice to leave a legacy gift is not made lightly and for most donors it is just one more opportunity for them to do the right thing.

Wolfgang and Odette Lehmann are two of our original residents having signed a contract with Ingleside at King Farm long before construction even began. He, a World War II veteran met his wife Odette in Southern Germany while serving in 1947. He went on to serve his country as a Foreign Officer with the State Department for another 32 years. Since moving to King Farm, he has volunteered and served on many committees, including Resident Council and the Building and Grounds Committee. After, so many years of giving back to his country and community, and caring for others the Lehmann's have decided to donate a portion of their refundable entrance fee to Ingleside at King Farm. As Mr. Lehmann said, "The resident supporting fund is very important to the vitality of the whole community and our facility." His gift will support a fundamental mission of the Ingleside community, that is, to never turn away a resident from our community. A mission that we believe is the right thing to do.

Supporting the Resident Supporting Fund through a legacy gift was a decision William and Young Shin Samuel made that just "felt right." They had listened to marketing and others talk about what they called the Ingleside "true community," and until they were here had no idea what the phrase actually meant. As Bill said, "King Farm is a community of residents that care for and check on each other at all times." Learning about the Resident Supporting Fund, they understand that should any resident ever need it, it should be available to them. This is a part of the King Farm culture, the entire Ingleside culture. Their decision to leave their refundable fee made sense. As Bill said, "there must be money available to make it possible that no one is kicked out, that is why we are giving."

 

 



 

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