Working and living near Washington, D.C., David and Katie Leavy often see the devastating effects of polluted runoff.
To promote awareness of polluted runoff and the harm it’s doing to our rivers,
streams, and the Bay, David and Katie made a generous gift that allowed CBF
to release an investigative report, Polluted Runoff: How Investing in Runoff
Pollution Control Systems Improves the Chesapeake Bay Region’s Ecology, Economy,
and Health. We released that report in January of this year.
“Polluted runoff is a direct result of our built and paved environment, and it
happens right before our eyes,” Katie explains. “We have two young children
and want them to grow up enjoying nature like we did: swimming, fishing,
exploring, and appreciating clean water. The mission of the Chesapeake Bay
Foundation is one we wholeheartedly support, and that’s why we made this
gift and are in favor of the creation of public and private stormwater
management plans throughout watershed areas.”
CBF is grateful for David and Katie Leavy’s generous support and
their commitment to a brighter future for the Chesapeake Bay and all who
See page 18 for more information on CBF’s report, Polluted Runoff: How
Investing in Runoff Pollution Control Systems Improves the Chesapeake Bay
Region’s Ecology, Economy, and Health.
David and Katie Leavy, pictured above with their children, made a generous donation allowing CBF to release an investigative report about polluted runoff.
A Legacy of Hope for the Bay
CBF’s work is made possible by those who generously donate their time,
energy, and resources to help us save the Bay. This includes individuals,
like those profiled below, who make legacy gifts to CBF.
Dr. Sara Henry
Dr. Sara Henry has had a lifelong love affair with nature. “I suppose I’ve
been an environmentalist since I was young. I grew up in Appalachia with
parents who were environmentalists before that word was part of the
vocabulary, and who taught me to care for God’s creation.”
Over the years, Dr. Henry has generously supported CBF with annual gifts.
When it came time to retire, she decided it was the right time to make a
larger financial commitment by creating a Charitable Gift Annuity.
Dr. Henry found the financial benefits of an annuity appealing, but her
passion for the Bay at such a critical time was the real motivation behind
her support. “This is a watershed time for CBF and the Bay, with the Farm
Bureau lawsuit, their recent appeal, and EPA’s renewed commitment to
clean water. We aren’t going to get another moment like this one.”
Stanley and Joanne Spooner
Stanley Spooner loved boating on the York River near the home he shared
with his wife, Joanne, and their five children outside Yorktown, Virginia.
The river was a happy place, not
just for Stanley, but for the entire
family—they spent countless
days on the water, fishing for
rockfish and bluefish.
Helen Spooner Kiser, the
Spooners’ daughter and Trustee
of the family’s charitable trust,
explains how water quality
deteriorated over the years. “When we were children, the waters were
pristine. As we got older, we began to find trash and plastic floating in the
river. We would collect the garbage we found and take it home with us for
disposal. That really affected all of us.”
Spurred by their love and concern for the York River and the Chesapeake
Bay, the Spooners supported CBF with annual gifts for many years, and
they included CBF in their estate plans.
Making a bequest to CBF from their family trust fulfilled a dual purpose—
there were significant tax deductions, and their planned gift also provided
CBF with substantial support for Bay restoration and preservation.
To learn more about making a legacy gift, visit cbf.org/plannedgiving or
contact Lauren Winther-Hansen at 443/482-2102 or LWHansen@cbf.org.