Iced Tea, Cherry Chocolate Cake and a Grateful Family Initiates Portofee Legacy
(Shared by the Foundation's Executive Director, Susan Vogel): Among the most memorable calls I've received in my role as Executive Director was in Summer of 2000 from a woman I'd come to know as private, modest and kind, living down at Banks O Dee, a small waterfront community in Charles County. She wanted to make an appointment with me to discuss the hospital. So on a warm summer afternoon we met in her kitchen over a glass of iced tea and homemade chocolate cherry cake. She shared with great pride the stories of her late husband and the care he received from our hospital nearly 15 years ago and had sadly passed away in 1993. For the next two hours, we thumbed through scrapbooks and albums, admired his collections, and enjoyed a walk down to her dock. She wanted to honor his wishes and informed me of her intentions to leave a bequest to the hospital after her lifetime in his name. "It's not much," she told me, "just $100,000, but we know you can do something with it." Little did she know that would become one of the largest gifts received since I started my position with the Foundation.
Over the next few years, we helped her obtain professional advisors so that her legacy could be planned to meet her needs. She chose the plaque, approved the language, and made us promise not to install it until after her lifetime. I enjoyed lunches, the exchange of hand-written letters, meeting her close friends and the opportunity to get to know this private, modest and kind donor even more. Only after her passing on another warm afternoon in 2003 and, in accordance with her Trust, the Foundation dedicated the Carl and Eileen Portofee Chapel as part of the hospital expansion. Her close friends attended the ceremony and were given a private tour. Faith was important to both of them, and the naming opportunity of the chapel was the perfect fit for a generous and committed couple.