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  • George & Barbara Gordon

    KIDS PATIENT AND FAMILY SUPPORT “As much as George and Barbara Gordon have done for this community, our state, and with George’s WWII experience and also a Silver Star recipient—the world, they never seek the spotlight or recognition for their generosity or efforts,” says Pam Daugavietis, longtime friend and Junior Golden Rule Guild member. “They are as humble as any individual or couple I have ever known. George and Barbara Gordon are committed to the American values of freedom and equality for all.”

    We are deeply indebted to them. A few examples of their generosity in our community are:
    The chapel at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in the original capital campaign
    More than 50 years as a member of the Spectrum Health Junior Golden Rule Guild and current president
    The gallery at Grand Valley State University, with a priceless collection of Mathias Alten paintings
    The G.H. Gordon Biological Station at Rockwell Lake 

    George and Barbara are an example of passionate people giving to programs that are meaningful to them and needed at the hospital. 

  • Tom & Sally Kyros

    As an estate planning attorney at Varnum and Vice Chair of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation Board, Tom Kyros is very familiar with the idea of legacy giving and has applied it to his own life as well. “My wife, Sally, and I want to perpetuate the giving we have done during our lives,” Tom explained.

    “We have been active donors to the foundation for years through annual gifts and capital campaigns. A planned gift allows us to continue our commitment to the mission of this organization.” Tom talks to clients regularly about philanthropy, and the power combination of both caring for our community and setting an example for second and third generations. “I love nothing more than seeing parents set aside a portion of their estate as a fund to be directed to charities selected by their children or grandchildren. It’s a wonderful teaching tool that Sally and I have planned for our children.”

  • Cindi Walker

    “As a member of the Sallie Bender Guild for the past 12 years, I have seen first-hand the faces of children being cared for at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital,” Cindi said. “I see how philanthropy helps pay for things that improve care such as very expensive equipment or research studies. The children’s hospital is a beacon of hope in Grand Rapids and we are so fortunate to have these medical facilities here. I know there will be more needs down the road so we want to do what we can to ensure children have access to the best medicine and the best care for generations to come.”

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