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Late Philanthropist Leaves Seven-Figure Bequest to Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation

Late Philanthropist Leaves Seven-Figure Bequest to Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation

Eva "Irene" Davis' final act of giving, after decades of service to Charles County, was to bequeath an estimated $2.2 million through her trust to Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation. She began her long history with the organzation as an employee with the Foundation. She followed that as a volunteer Foundation board member where she encouraged many to contribute to the hospital.

Through the years she worked tirelessly to heighten awareness and built support for the Foundation. She helped develop the Memorial "Tree of Life" established in 1986. In 1994, she competed and won the Foundation's Mardi Gras title of Queen Mystique, having raised the most funds for the hospital. In 2001, she was the Honorary Chair of Mardi Gras and recognized for her part in the more than $1,000,000 which had been raised since 1992. In addition, she contributed annually to the Christmas Tree of Life and her generous gift was represented by the "star" on the tree.

The most significant gift to the Foundation, however, was made in 2007, when her six-figure pledge, in the form of an initial bequest, was recognized as the largest pledge from an individual in the Foundation's Capital Campaign for the expansion of the medical center. Though a humble and modest woman, she was encouraged to take advantage of the naming opportunity and recognition which came with such a generous gift. True to Irene's continuing devotion to her late husband, a new wing in the expanded medical center was named the Mack and Irene Davis Rehabilitation Center.

Her later years were spent at the medical center as a patient, followed by rehabilitation services there. After a private health battle, she passed away quietly at home on January 1, 2009.

Davis epitomized the word philanthropic. Her generous nature began as a child in North Carolina, where she graduated from high school a year early to help her parents run their farm and general store. She moved to Washington, D.C. in 1956 where she began a 28-year career with the FBI. There, she met her future husband, Mack Davis. In the early 1970s they moved to La Plata, where Mack formed a development company, the Davis Corporation, with his brother, Bruce Davis.

For the next decade, the Irene and Mack Davis gave their time and finances to advance health, safety and educational issues. They were well known in Charles County for their support of Melwood Horticultural Training Center, Hospice, the United Way, the American Cancer Society, the American Red Cross, Charles Regional Medical Center, and many others.

After Mack Davis' death in 1983, "Miss Irene" as she was known to many, continued her philanthropic service to the community. Among other recognitions, she was nominated as Charles County's "Most Beautiful Person" and named Working Woman of the Year by the Charles County Chamber of Commerce.

When the first PD Brown Legacy Society Recognition Luncheon was held in Spring 2009, Davis was one of nine honorees. In announcing the large bequest, Executive Director Susan Vogel stated, "Although Irene had been incredibly generous to the hospital for many years, we learned early this spring that she had made some real plans for the future of the foundation. She had spent time meeting with professional advisors and created a trust during her lifetime which made clear what her intentions were for her assets. In other words, her generosity could continue to help those she cared for." Vogel then announced that the Foundation had been named the beneficiary of the Eva Irene Davis Trust, with an estimated value of approximately $2.2 million dollars. The most extraordinary part of Irene's gift is that it is unrestricted so that the Foundation may thoughtfully make an impact however necessary and appropriate"

It's clear that Irene's gift is a philanthropic gesture which will meaningfully carry out her legacy.


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