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CGCC Foundation Receives $400,000+ Donation to Endow Nursing Student Scholarships


Steph Hoppe
Foundation Manager, (541) 506-6113

June 9, 2014

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

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."

In this instance, the Vogels worked closely with their long-term advisers and estate planning attorneys, the late Roger L. Dick and William G. Dick II and Jason R. Corey, partners in the century law firm in The Dalles, now known as Dick, Dick & Corey, LLP.

"Annabelle Vogel was a dedicated nurse at The Dalles Clinic for many, many years. She received her education in nursing in The Dalles. She was married to her life's partner, Bob Vogel, here," said Bill Dick. "Annabelle cared about The Dalles and its residents and her patients and desired that others following in her footsteps in nursing have the opportunities to give back to this community. Annabelle's specific intention in setting up the scholarship was in particular to make nursing scholarships available to those who would commit, that upon completion of the nurse training at Columbia Gorge Community College, they would practice full time as a nurse Wasco County, Sherman County and/or Hood River County for a minimum of five years after graduation. In this way, the gift continues for the generations, and we are all enriched by such beneficence."

CGCC Foundation was established in 1979 to advance and promote the interests and development of Columbia Gorge Community College, its students and the community. The mission of the foundation is to build dreams and transform lives by cultivating respectful relationships that promote lifelong learning. It is an Oregon nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, and donations to the foundation are tax deductible as allows by law. To achieve the foundation's mission, the foundation board and its staff solicit and administer charitable donations from individuals, organizations and businesses.

Contributions to CGCC Foundation may be directed to Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation, 400 East Scenic Drive, The Dalles, Oregon 97058.