PVM Foundation Giving Matters Fall 2015

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FALL 2015



Giving Society Annual Lunch Event At Comerica Park

3 Campaign Updates

A report on the latest campaign fundraising efforts


Friends & Family

A report on the April 2015 fundraising efforts by the Villages

Finance 6 Senate Committee

Approves Expired Giving Incentives

6 Calendar of Events



DONOR SPOTLIGHT: RUTHENIA HENDERSON “Contributing to Presbyterian Villages of Michigan is contributing to a better life for a senior,” says Ruthenia Henderson, a longtime Board member and donor. “It doesn’t matter how much because a contribution to help someone – that’s what life’s about.”

Ever since she was a small child, Ruthenia has “If I can help someone before I pass, then my lived her life helping othliving will not be in vain.” ers and has always loved – Ruthenia Henderson, Board Member, older adults. Something The Village of Harmony Manor (above right) about the camaraderie fascinated her; they were through the church and volunteered so smart and she would just sit and in hospitals and nursing homes. listen. At ten years old, she would sit Ruthenia knew of PVM through on the porch with her neighbor, who committee work with the church and taught her to knit. “She was special,” was first approached in the 1960s to says Ruthenia. “I didn’t have a grandbecome involved. Finally persuaded mother so she took on that role.” by Rev. Dr. Lawrence Glenn in 1994, They would knit squares to send to she joined the essential task force the American Red Cross that would charged with identifying property for eventually become blankets for World PVM’s first senior housing site in the War II soldiers. City of Detroit. She served on the As she grew older, Ruthenia Board of what became The Village developed a love for this exchange of Bethany Manor and helped develop of knowledge and it created a desire five other Detroit Villages. “Each for older people to live a quality Village we developed was so neceslife, be happy and share their sary and it was gratifying to be a part experiences. She dedicated her life to of something of this nature,” says serving seniors – she got a degree in Ruthenia. In all, she served on five gerontology, worked with older adults continued on page 6


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GIVING SOCIETY MEMBERS ENJOY ANNUAL LUNCHEON AT COMERICA PARK Friday, November 13, 2015 COBO Center, Detroit Celebrate our annual Gala with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner and entertainment to support the needs of Michigan seniors!

On June 8th, the 21st annual Calvin, Sterling and Peterson Mission Makers Societies Luncheon was held at Comerica Park in the beautiful Tiger Club overlooking the field. This annual event recognizes members of the PVM Foundation’s giving societies for their generous support of the PVM mission. Guests enjoyed a private, guided tour of the ballpark followed by a wonderful lunch and program, which included the celebration of selected Board members for their extraordinary service.

To learn more or to get tickets, please call 248.281.2040 or go to pvmfoundation.org



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To learn more about our giving societies or how you can become a member, please visit our website at pvmfoundation.org/ Giving-Societies, or contact the PVM Foundation office at 248.281.2040 or pvmfoundation@pvm.org.



The Statewide Comprehensive Campaign goal is to raise $27.4 million by the end of 2017. As of July 2015, over $23 million has been raised for major capital campaigns, wellness programming, individual Village needs, Benevolence (resident assistance) and home and community-based services.

THE EDWARD N. AND DELLA L. THOME RIVERTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD Fundraising Completed: $9,903,572 The Edward N. and Della L. Thome Rivertown Neighborhood in Detroit is a unique collaborative project that delivers a full spectrum of health and wellness services and affordable housing options for low-income seniors on one campus. Renovation plans continue for the final phase of The Thome Rivertown Neighborhood that includes the following components in one building:


apartments for the frailest of seniors who are participants of PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly). Design work is underway with construction expected to begin by fall.

• A community center/café on the first floor, under the Weinberg Green Houses, will offer programs and services to residents and the surrounding community. Planning for the design and use of the space is underway. A student group from USC Berkley that visited in late spring provided conceptual planning and analysis, the outcomes of which will be used to help continue the planning. Construction is also expected to begin by fall. • The rooftop RiverGarden will serve as a community park for residents, their families and community members to enjoy.

A start date will be determined once work on the other components have begun.

Phase I of The Thome Rivertown Neighborhood opened in 2013 and includes 80 affordable assisted living units, a partnership with United Methodist Retirement Communities, Inc. (UMRC); PACE Southeast Michigan (formerly the Center for Senior Independence), a partnership with Henry Ford Health System that offers the nationally recognized Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, a comprehensive adult daycare and health services program; and 50 affordable independent living apartments that opened August 2014, also in partnership with UMRC.

THE VILLAGE OF EAST HARBOR HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTER Goal by December 31, 2016: $2,000,000 Raised through July 2015: $769,650

• The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Green Houses® will provide 24-hour care in

Left to Raise: $1,230,350

The Thome Rivertown Neighborhood


The Health & Wellness Center will bring a new, state-of-the-art center to The Village of East Harbor campus, allowing staff to deliver more effective treatment. Specialized rehabilitation and therapy services will be provided to resident and community seniors in a much larger space with the latest equipment available and highly-trained staff.

To make a donation, please call 248.281.2040 or visit www.pvmfoundation.org

Renderings of the Health & Wellness Center

The center will also offer general exercise and gym amenities so that residents and community seniors can stay healthy and maintain their rehabilitation. Additional fitness classes and programming will also be offered.

THE VILLAGE OF HILLSIDE/ FRIENDSHIP CENTER RENEWAL CAMPAIGN Goal by December 31, 2015: $1,500,000 Raised through July 2015: $1,100,500 Left to Raise: $399,500 A July 12th fundraiser hosted by Fred and Mary Walstrom at The Boathouse of Harbor Springs raised more than $129,000 for The Village of Hillside/Friendship Center Renewal Campaign. Approximately 150 guests attended the cocktail reception, which featured a strolling dinner and beverages donated by local businesses as well

as entertainment by The Young Americans. The renewal project will replace the oldest buildings on campus with 32 new, affordable senior apartments accessible to seniors with disabilities and will triple the size of the Friendship Center to accommodate more programs and serve more local seniors. This project holds special meaning for Fred Walstrom, co-chair of the campaign fundraising committee, and his siblings, Ward Walstrom and Karin Flint. They continue the legacy of their mother, Roma Walstrom Bolline, who was instrumental in bringing affordable senior housing to Harbor Springs in the 1970s.

repositioning the campus,” said Fred. “Through this project, we can continue to provide for the needs of seniors for the next 30 years. Without the amazing donor community of Harbor Springs, we would not have been able to accomplish this success, we would not be anticipating a groundbreaking this fall and we would not be welcoming a new Hillside and Friendship Center next summer.” Thank you to all the sponsors and donors who made the evening such a success!

“The Village of Hillside has existed for 38 years and the results of this event put us closer to our goal of Below: Perspective drawing for the new Village of Hillside/Friendship Center building; Right: Boathouse fundraising event photos




& family


THANK YOU FOR RAISING $191,000 FOR SENIORS DURING FRIENDS & FAMILY Your generously contributed to the biggest and most successful Friends & Family Appeal in the history of PVM Foundation, with nearly $191,000 raised in April! Funds raised through this annual fundraising campaign will benefit residents at all Villages, allowing them to maintain active and healthy lifestyles, enjoy their outdoor space more comfortably, have reliable transportation for appointments or social outings and so much more.

Through your gifts, family members and residents at The Village of Rosebush Manor are enjoying their new living room and outdoor furniture.

Special congratulations goes to The Village of Our Saviour’s Manor for the most new donors with 30, and to The Village of East Harbor for most amount raised with $70,370! And, a big THANK YOU to our wonderful donors, who exceeded all our expectations to make so much possible for residents. To learn how much each participating Village raised during Friends & Family, please visit our website at pvmfoundation.org/Events or call the PVM Foundation office at 248.281.2040.


can change the lives of seniors.

Presbyterian Villages of Michigan is only able to provide the best quality of housing, programs and services to seniors throughout Michigan with the generous support of our donors.

Please consider a charitable bequest… Without obligation, PVM Foundation would like to answer any questions you may have. Please call Paul Miller

248.281.2045 www.pvmfgifts.org


Presbyterian Villages of Michigan Foundation


If you are interested in learning more about the PVM Foundation, please call 248.281.2040 or visit pvmfoundation.org.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS Fall 2015 (Date TBD) Groundbreaking for New Village of Hillside and Friendship Center Project Harbor Springs Join us as we mark the culmination of fundraising efforts and begin rebuilding the oldest Hillside campus buildings.

November 12, 2015 National Philanthropy Day Celebration Presented by AFP Greater Detroit Chapter COBO Center, Detroit A celebration of metro-Detroit fundraisers, philanthropists and volunteers. Tickets available at afpdet.org.

November 13, 2015 12th Annual PVM Foundation Gala 70 & Still Making Waves COBO Center, Detroit Support the needs of seniors at our annual gala! Sponsorships and tickets available at pvmfoundation. org/Gala2015

SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE APPROVES EXPIRED GIVING INCENTIVES On July 21, the Senate Finance Committee passed “An Original Bill to Extend Certain Expired Tax Provisions.” The tax extenders bill would reinstate for the 2015 and 2016 tax years a package of expired tax provisions, including the following provisions important to donors: • IRA Charitable Rollover –IRA owners over age 70½ may transfer up to $100,000 each year directly from the IRA custodian to qualified charities. • Enhanced Deduction for Land Conservation Easements – land owners may give up development rights to their property for purposes of preserving natural resources. • Enhanced Deduction for Food Inventory Donations – individuals and corporations may provide qualifying food inventory to certain charitable organizations. If the House and Senate pass the bill, the President may sign it by the end of September, potentially allowing donors a greater opportunity to plan for 2015 IRA charitable rollover gifts.

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Village Boards as well as the PVM Board of Directors.

PVM Foundation Mission Statement The Presbyterian Villages of Michigan (PVM) Foundation advances the PVM Mission by providing philanthropic support for resident emergency needs, innovative services and wellness programs for residents and seniors throughout the state.

Ruthenia continues to serve as a Board member at The Village of Harmony Manor and remains actively involved with other organizations including the Presbytery of Detroit women’s group, Michigan Black Presbyterian Caucus, Detroit Area Agency on Agency, AARP and the Shelton and Louise Tapps chapter (affiliated with the Metro Detroit Council of Senior Citizens). As she tells her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, we cannot live alone; living is about loving. “PVM has such meaning and gives seniors a better quality of life, not just for those who live there, but for those to come,” says Ruthenia. “It means a lot to me to see people happy in the later years of their lives and I’m so happy to be a part of it.”