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Take Action and Leave a Legacy

October 14, 2012
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has declared the week of Oct. 14-20, 2012 as West Virginia's seventh Wills Week. He took this action in support of the statewide efforts of Leave A Legacy of Central Appalachia, a program of the KYOWVA Planned Giving Council. The National Association of Estate Planning Councils is also observing Estate Planning Awareness Week during this time.

Leave a Legacy is a collaborative effort among nonprofit organizations and professional estate planning advisors. The program encourages West Virginians to protect their family's future through appropriate estate planning and to include gift support for one or more of their favorite charitable organizations because each gift accomplishes something good that couldn't happen otherwise.

Marilyn DiVita, Leave A Legacy president, said, "While many West Virginians make gifts to support nonprofits year after year while they're living, very few also consider that their support is needed in the future too. By including their favorite nonprofits in their will, they'll extend their personal legacy of support. At the same time their family's needs are provided for, a person's charitable interests can be made a part of their estate plan."

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Pictured with the proclamation for 2012 Wills Week are (left to right): Dena Cushman, Beckley Area Foundation; Kerri Zaferatos, Concord University Foundation, Inc.; Debby Berry, Terrell Ellis and Associates; Shannon Putnam, Mountain Hospice, Inc.; Sarah Vintorini, Terrell Ellis and Associates; Alicia Besenyei, Concord University Foundation, Inc.; Governor Earl Ray Tomblin; Michelle Walker, West Virginia Humanities Council; Bill McKee, Arnett & Foster Financial Advisors, LLC; Evan Osborn, Alzheimer’s Association of West Virginia; Jeff Taylor, United Methodist Foundation of WV, Inc.; Kim Matthews, United Methodist Foundation of WV, Inc.; and Kathy Bush-Morris, The Clay Center.

Outreach efforts are taking place throughout West Virginia during Wills Week to alert everyone about the benefits of future charitable support. In the Beckley, Bluefield, Charleston, Elkins, Martinsburg, Morgantown, Parkersburg, Princeton, and Wheeling areas, special newspaper inserts and articles will be published to provide information on estate planning. Radio and television programming around the state will also include information on estate planning and charitable support options.

Nonprofit organizations and financial advisors interested in advancing their efforts related to bequest support may learn more at or call 304-343-2235 for a membership packet.

Major partners of Leave A Legacy are Concord University, Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, Sundale Rehabilitation and Long Term Care Facility, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, and the WVU Foundation.

For further information on charitable planning and Leave A Legacy, visit

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