Eric Tipping lived a life filled with fond memories and unforgettable moments – from struggling through the Depression to serving with the armed forces during World War II to spending many summer nights at his cottage surrounded by friends and family. However, two particular memories always seemed to stand out from the rest when speaking with the Scarborough Health Network Foundation.
The first was the dance where he met Betty, his beloved late wife and dance partner of over 50 years, a story he always told with a glimmer in his eye.
The second was his time as a young patient. When he was 8 years old, Eric was struck by a car and wound up being treated for a broken leg. Unfortunately however, being the Depression Era, there was no government-sponsored healthcare. Though early in his story, the latter experience explains Eric’s passionate and unwavering support for health care, and how he and his beloved wife Betty became a lifelong donors of Scarborough Health Network after moving into the community.
This long-lasting commitment to health care also served as the basis for Eric’s desire to become one of SHN’s legacy donors, a group of individuals who have remembered the hospital in their estate planning and who have pledged their support for generations of future patients and their families.
But little did we know just how strong Eric’s commitment would be.
Through the Eric and Betty Tipping Foundation, the couple generously included SHN in their estate plans among several other worthy charities. It was only upon his passing that we learned we would be the recipient of an incredible legacy gift of $180,000, in addition to the annual gifts made through their Foundation.
“Eric’s story demonstrates the profound impact our Hospital is making on patients’ lives day-in and day-out,” shares Michael Mazza, President & CEO, SHN Foundation. “Positive patient experiences can lead to a lifetime of support and, beyond the tax benefits available through legacy giving, Eric’s generosity showcases how a commitment to superior health care can help to build an entire community of support for our cause. Legacy donors such as Eric are crucial partners in our future, helping to write our story for years to come.”
To learn more about legacy giving through the SHN Foundation, contact Verna Chen, Director of Stewardship and Legacy Giving, at 416-438-2911 ext. 6040 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.