Guide to Giving
On June 23, 1910, Donna was born to Thomas and Mabel Davis in Marshall, Minnesota. As a young girl, her family moved to Minneapolis where her father had a successful law practice. As a young adult, she had done some modeling which lead to a career in retailing, where her job was a buyer of women's clothing for a major department store in Chicago.
After moving to Tucson in 1940s, Donna became a licensed pilot, flying a plane with an OX-5 engine. The same engine used in World War I fighter planes and considered a luxury for private pilots. During her spare time, she loved watching and betting on her favorite sports, especially football. Donna enjoyed a good game of cards at the poker and bridge tables. She was a great host in entertaining her close friends in her home and the local eateries. Donna surrounded herself with those friends closest to her heart.
In 2002, Donna established a charitable gift annuity with the University of Arizona Foundation supporting the Arizona Cancer Center and its research. This gift honored her husband, Frank Babnick, who was treated at the Arizona Cancer Center and miraculously cured of cancer in the 1950s.
Craig Vulkoff, Successor Trustee, credits Donna for making sure her estate plan would be carried out according to her final wishes. In fact, Donna introduced Craig to her attorney, broker and accountant so there was no question on who he should call on during the trust's administration.
Donna passed away on August 10, 2009 at the age of 99. Her estate gift exceeding $1 million dollars established, "The Frank J. Babnick and Donna Babnick Memorial Endowment" to the Arizona Cancer Center to be used for cancer research.
"The Frank J. Babnick and Donna Babnick Memorial Endowment to the Arizona Cancer Center funds the life-saving efforts of our talented physicians and scientists who provide expert and compassionate patient care, discover new solutions to prevent and control cancer, and train the next generation of cancer specialists," said the Center's Associate Director of Development, Paola Werstler.
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