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CGCC foundation receives major endowment for nursing grants

Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation received a donation of stock valued at more than $400,000 from Robert and Annabelle Vogel of The Dalles.

As longtime residents of The Dalles, the Vogels made many important contributions to the community. Robert Vogel passed away in September 2004, and Annabelle Vogel passed away in September 2013. A charitable planned gift made in their will ensures their lasting legacy.

This planned gift of more than $400,000 will be used to endow CGCC nursing student scholarships. Annabelle practiced nursing and worked for many years at The Dalles Clinic.

Doris Jepson, CGCC nursing program director, said, “On behalf of the CGCC nursing program and its students, we truly appreciate the Vogel family’s support through this planned gift. It is impossible to measure the far-reaching impact this contribution will have as it touches the lives of our students, and in time, their future patients.”

CGCC Foundation has a planned giving program that is developed and managed by the foundation’s all-volunteer finance team, composed of foundation president John Brunk of CB Financial Services; Sidney Rowe, CPA, the foundation’s treasurer, of Rowe and Deming; Chuck Toole, the foundation’s secretary, of Dunn, Toole, Carter, and Coats, LLP; and foundation directors Donella Polehn of Polehn Farms; Paul Thompson of Windermere Real Estate; Dennis Whitehouse of North Wasco County School District; Juanita Neitling; and Carina Schmidt.

“Leaving a charitable legacy is important,” Stephanie Hoppe, CGCC Foundation manager, said. “We encourage donors to consult with their estate planning attorney and/or tax adviser in addition to our foundation staff in order to ensure their legacy gifts provide tax benefits as well as allow them a say in how the gift funds will be used.”

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