United Way Honors Legacy Donors at Heritage Club Luncheon

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United Way presented its 2019 Legacy Supporter of the Year Award to Maryan Schall during the 34th annual Heritage Club gathering

Source: United Way

United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) honored the commitment of its planned giving society May 29 during the 34th annual Heritage Club gathering.   

More than 30 Heritage Club members came together for the special luncheon at the La Cumbre Country Club. Each member has included United Way of Santa Barbara County in their estate plans to support UWSBC and its programs, which further youth education, health and financial stability in the community.

“Thank you for believing in this work we accomplish together,” said Shanna Wasson Taylor, UWSBC Gift Planning Services Officer. “Thank you for the trust you place in United Way to deliver on very big goals.  And thank you for holding United Way close to your hearts.”

UWSBC presented its 2019 Legacy Supporter of the Year Award to Maryan Schall, who began her relationship with the nonprofit soon after moving to the community with her husband Dick in 1989. 

“When United Way made the shift to not only funding other charities, but also providing direct, life-changing, research-based services to children and adults, the fit between the Schalls and United Way became stronger, particularly around their common interest in early childhood education -- particularly for Maryan,” said Diane Doiron, UWSBC Planned Giving Committee Chair.

Maryan earned two masters and a doctorate in various areas of communication and became a consultant specializing in women in the workplace.  Dick had a distinguished business career.  The Schalls were married for 64 years. 

From left, 2018 Legacy Supporter of the Year Award winner Earl Damitz, UWSBC Planned Giving Committee Chair Diane Doiron, Earl's wife Merrilyn Damitz

Following Dick’s death in 2015, Maryan increased her engagement with UWSBC, which included joining the Board of Directors and becoming a founding member of Women United. Maryan just recently shared that she and her husband many years ago included UWSBC in their estate plans.

UWSBC also presented its 2018 Legacy Supporter of the Year Award to Earl Damitz, who was unable to attend last year’s ceremony. A retired expert on the tax economics of charitable giving and long-range financial planning, Earl is UWSBC’s founding Planned Giving Committee Chair and has been committed to the nonprofit’s mission since 1953.

Earl and his wife Merrilyn are three-time Heritage Club donors, having committed gifts both personally and through Damitz, Brooks, Nightingale, Turner & Morrisset.

The gathering was made possible by luncheon sponsor Kayne Anderson Rudnick, an investment firm, providing investment management and wealth advisory solutions to institutions, financial intermediaries and high-net-worth individuals.

For more information, visit http://unitedwaysbgift.org. 


United Way of Santa Barbara County
United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) has the unique and positive vision that “in our community, everyone has a hopeful future.” Since 1923, UWSBC has served Santa Barbara County community through funding, volunteer development, and by utilizing its own unique initiatives that involve dozens of local non-profit and public sector agencies. UWSBC’s local community driven Power of Partnership™ priorities help children, families & seniors with a focus on Education, Income and Health.

The Heritage Club
The Heritage Club was established in 1982 as one of the first United Way planned giving societies in the country. The Heritage Club honors forward-thinking individuals choosing to improve the lives of children, families and seniors in our community by including United Way in their estate plans. Through wisely planned gifts, members change lives for generations to come, providing perpetual support for United Way of Santa Barbara County’s unique and innovative programs. For more information, visit www.unitewaysbgift.org/heritageclub.

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