Meet the PACF's Donors

Many individuals, families, businesses and organizations have chosen the Foundation to manage their charitable investments. The PACF’s donors are as diverse as the funds they founded, however they all have a shared interest - the betterment of their community. You, too, can make our community better. And, someday, we'd like to share your story.

The PACF's fundholders are what make the Foundation one of the largest charitable funders in our region. Without these generous individuals, families and businesses we simply wouldn't exist.  Here are a few of their stories.

Ms. Jane Burdette

Over the years, Jane Burdette has been involved with a wide variety of charitable organizations throughout our community.  She has been very active in disability awareness programs and groups, social service and women’s groups and numerous other community organizations.  Several years ago, in order to provide support for important charitable causes she cared most about, Ms. Burdette established the Jane E. Burdette Advised Charitable Fund with the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation.  
“I have been involved with many community groups and have been able to see worthwhile ideas become reality with the Foundation’s assistance,” said Ms. Burdette. 
As the daughter of the late Jewel and C. Richard Burdette, Jr., also fund founders at the PACF, Jane was educated in Wood County schools, being the first student to attend regular classes while using a wheelchair for muscular dystrophy, and graduated from Parkersburg High School. She earned college degrees from Parkersburg Community College and Glenville State College and her master’s degree from West Virginia University. She also received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity. 
The Jane E. Burdette Advised Charitable Fund provides financial assistance to worthwhile community projects, with special attention to projects that are new, innovative, and creative and those that respond to important community needs. 
“In life, all of us are given a torch to carry,” said Ms. Burdette.  “It’s up to each and every one of us to keep it burning bright as long as we have it and until we turn it over to someone else.”

Dr. Nick and Ann Endrizzi

Nick Endrizzi grew up in St. Clairsville, Ohio.  He attended West Virginia University prior to serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. After serving, he graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1950.  Ann Mahoney grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and graduated from The Ohio State University in 1943.  She worked as a laboratory technician at the Battelle Institute of Technology and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine, where she met Nick.
 Nick and Ann were married in 1951, and moved to Parkersburg, West Virginia.  Nick established the Parkersburg Veterinary Hospital, while Ann managed the office accounts. Nick practiced large and small animal medicine until retiring in 1984.
 Nick and Ann were married for 58 years, and raised five children and were both delighted in their ten grandchildren.  Ann passed away in 2009, and Nick passed away in 2014. As both of their birthdays were in December, and in the spirit of giving that is Christmas, their children provided a gift in December 2014 to create the Dr. Nick and Ann Endrizzi Memorial Fund.  
Their children said that it was their parents’ hope that others in need would benefit from their lifetime of hard work through a memorial fund.  Nick and Ann were always faithful supporters of their parish church and its Catholic schools.  Nick, in particular, was always very sensitive to persons in need, because of the significant struggles his family faced as a child.
This new memorial fund with the PACF is intended to continue the Endrizzi’s legacy of generous giving for the causes that were most important to them.  In honor and memory of Nick and Ann Endrizzi, the annual grants from this new charitable fund will benefit Parkersburg Catholic Schools, St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, and the Salvation Army of Parkersburg.

Ms. Ruth Hornbrook

Ms. Ruth Hornbrook passed away in 1990, yet still provides a safe haven for homeless animals in communities throughout West Virginia. During her lifetime, Ms. Hornbrook was a tireless humane society volunteer.   

To ensure continued support for humane societies throughout the state, Ms. Hornbrook established the Ruth Hornbrook Memorial Fund within the PACF through a bequest in her will.  The purpose of the fund is to benefit humane societies in West Virginia, with preference given to the needs of new societies.  Through this charitable fund, thousands of dollars worth of grants have been distributed to humane societies across the state.  New animal shelters, humane educational programs, and new equipment are a few of the many programs the that Ms. Hornbrook has been able to support with her forward-thinking creation of a charitable fund with the PACF.

Dr. Robert C. Robinson

Dr. Robert C. Robinson was a long-time supporter of the Foundation.  During his lifetime he joined the Foundation’s Legacy Society and established a charitable remainder trust naming the Foundation as one of the charitable beneficiaries.  His planned gift started the Dr. Robert C. Robinson Memorial Fund.
“Bob was a very kind man and quite the rapscallion,” said Mr. Robinson’s step-daughter Suzy McKenna. “He loved playing cards with my mother, dancing, telling jokes and of course was an accomplished optometrist.”
Dr. Robinson was born in 1916 in Marietta, OH. He graduated from Marietta High School, then in 1938, from the Illinois College of Optometry. In World War II, he was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy. He served in the Pacific Theatre aboard the hospital ship U.S.S. Sanctuary. Upon Dr. Robinson’s return to Parkersburg, he practiced optometry until his retirement in the 1990’s. 
Seven years after its creation, the Dr. Robert C. Robinson Memorial Fund has given over $24,000 in funding to organizations in the Mid-Ohio Valley serving women and children in crisis and families affected by domestic violence.  Additionally, the fund itself is now worth nearly 25% more than the original gift value.  Dr. Robinson’s initial gift will continue to grow and continue to make a positive impact in our region and to help address a troubling need.

Mr. James and Mrs. Trudie Schaughency

Mr. James and Mrs. Trudie Schaughency will forever have a legacy in our region thanks to Mrs. Schaughency’s contribution to our community through a planned estate gift to the PACF.  By naming the Foundation as a beneficiary of her estate, Mrs. Schaughency has created the James F. and Trudie A. Schaughency Charitable Fund.
When asked why she made such a commitment Mrs. Schaughency said, “Jim and I had a most interesting, exciting and wonderful life.  Hopefully we can in some small way enable others to enjoy a more interesting and productive life.”
Through her gift, Mrs. Schaughency will continue she and Jim’s ongoing support to several organizations plus provide support for the arts in our region.  The PACF is thankful for their commitment and we are humbled to welcome Mrs. Schaughency to the Foundation’s Legacy Society.  

Making a charitable gift through your will or trust is a simple, tax-friendly way to support the causes, charities or community you love. And it can keep giving back in your name - forever. Learn more about the PACF's honorary Legacy Society.

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