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October 23, 2013
Although we grew up in different parts of the country (Art in the Bronx, New York and Johnna in Lakewood, Colorado), we have always shared a common belief that is important to “make a difference in the world” and create “loving places for people” whether it was at work or at home.
In 1979, while living in Denver, Art started working in Fort Collins at Larico Youth Homes (now Turning Point) as their executive director. We decided to move to Fort Collins in August of 1981. Johnna started work shortly thereafter as the executive director of the Women's Center.
Johnna is most passionate about the environment and keeping the planet as healthy as possible. Art is most passionate about youth development, specifically enabling them to develop a “life compass” that guides their decision-making and includes giving back in a voluntary way to the community.
Together, we enjoy riding our bikes, hiking, golf and traveling to see family, grandchildren and friends across the country. We play music and sing together in two groups, one of which travels to local nursing homes and independent living facilities on a regular basis to entertain the residents.
Larimer County is a wonderful place to live, work and recreate. Our cultural and artistic opportunities are fantastic and the overall sense of community is unmatched. We have decided to invest in our community and leave our legacy by listing United Way of Larimer County as a contingency beneficiary in our wills. We believe that this is a great way to support an organization that we believe does “make a difference” in the lives of people. We are currently annual donors to United Way and intend to maintain this throughout our lives as long as our financial resources permit.
With a bequest, we are still able to have control of the money we saved for retirement. You never know how life will unfold in the future so you need to hope for the best but be prepared should something unexpected occur.
United Way always has the best interests of the overall community in mind when it encourages, solicits and then distributes funds. United Way is effective and efficient in getting the needed financial support to local organizations. Agencies are prescreened and given a “good housekeeping seal of approval” by local volunteers. This is very important concept for donors to know and appreciate its value in the gifting process. It's a concept that has worked for over 100 years and this is the type of focus we want to support for years to come.
Thank you to Art and Johnna Bavoso for their continued support.United Way's Legacy Society honors and recognizes those individuals and families who believe in United Way's work and have chosen to make a planned gift. A planned gift can help you achieve your philanthropic goals now and extend your philanthropic legacy beyond your lifetime.
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