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Who is Mary Katherine?

It is a rainy day. The phone rings.  The caller says, “You are a beneficiary of Mary Katherine’s estate. We’ll be in touch with more details.”  Suddenly, the clouds lift and as quickly as you can say “Thank you” a flood of questions enter your mind. 

We find ourselves asking, who is Mary Katherine? What was her connection with our organization? She doesn’t appear to be a family member of any participants past or present. Her name is not in our database as ever having given to our annual fund drive. We don’t recall anyone by that name buying tickets to our events. Mary Katherine remains a mystery.

Weeks later we receive a second call. We will soon be receiving our gift from Mary Katherine’s estate.

For us, the gift is bittersweet. As a registered charitable organization, we rely on donations of all sizes to deliver our enhanced programs for adults with disabilities. While we are grateful that someone believed so strongly in what we do that she chose to leave a transformative gift, we regret not really knowing her story. Who was she? How and why did she make this decision? Did she have any particular use in mind for the gift? Most importantly, we regret not being able to say, “Thank you.”

So, on behalf of all of us here at Bonny Lea Farm, we would like to say thank you.  Thank you to Mary Katherine and others like her who have decided to give all or a portion of their estates to charitable organizations. These gifts make a difference in the lives of the people we serve.

Discover the joy of making a positive impact on the lives of others.  And, if you let us know, we’ll even be able to say thank you.