In 1943, Tucson Medical Center began with a single act of philanthropy. The tradition of legacy giving is now honored with the inaugural Erickson Legacy Society. It recognizes and thanks those who make a bequest or lifetime gift to the TMC Foundation, and is named in honor of TMC’s first legacy donor, Mrs. Anna Erickson.
More than 80 guests attended an evening to celebrate legacy giving at Tucson Country Club. A historical table featured some treasured items from the Erickson family, including the original 1926 stock certificate from the Desert Sanatorium, and dinnerware from the Erickson residence. Occasionally, Mrs. Erickson would let the Desert Sanatorium use her china for special occasions.
Dr. Gail Harris shared her passion for TMC and why she and her husband, Roger Fox, decided to give back to the hospital that gave their son such phenomenal care. An extraordinary patient experience also prompted legacy donors Bill and Diana Bergen to support TMC. “I received excellent care here in the past, and that helped me become familiar with what the organization is all about,” said Bill. “The fact that it’s a non-profit and gives back to the community is very important to me.” The element of giving back is paramount to Diana as well. “I agree with everything TMC has done. I agree with what they’re doing for children, and I am especially proud to be involved with an organization that takes care of those who can’t take care of themselves.”
At the event, legacy donors received a special lapel pin to mark their commitment to investing in the future of TMC.
“To be able to recognize and honor these legacy donors in the name of Mrs. Anna Erickson is truly remarkable. We value their partnership and admire their desire to help our community. The society honors TMC’s roots, and for generations to come, will cherish what these legacy donors have made possible for this community,” said Michael Duran, TMC VP & Chief Development Officer.
If you would like further information about charitable gift plans to the TMC Foundation that provide income and tax savings, contact Julie Wolfe-Beadle at (520) 324-3441.