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For me, giving back is a habit of mind. And so it has been in my
relationship to Wake Forest.
Initially, my giving back sprang from four happy years there. As time
passed, it was marked by a deeper appreciation for what Wake Forest had
meant for me and for others - enhanced by the benefit of hindsight, pursuit
of post-graduate degrees at other institutions, and a realization that Wake
Forest offered and actually delivered what many others merely claimed to provide.
Like many of you, giving back for me took several forms. It initially meant
small sums of money. It grew into involvement in the Alumni Council and in
a Giving Society; leadership of the Alumni Association and the College
Fund; larger financial commitments; and later, support for providing
students a "study abroad" experience in Washington, D.C., and creation of
the new Wake Washington Center.
At each step, my personal engagement reinforced what I had seen firsthand
as a student. Throughout, Wake Forest has been a touchstone, a place of
true value in a world that too often confuses glitter with gold.
And so, when considering how to continue giving back through our estate
plan, my husband and I considered Wake Forest an obvious choice. Yes, ours
is a legacy gift. But the true legacy will be the students who, through our
and others' gifts, will become the next generation of Wake Foresters for
whom giving back is a habit of mind.
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