Giving to FMH

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A Contribution for the Future

"Ordinary people show extraordinary generosity every day by leaving legacy gifts to charity in their wills and estate plans," says Michael Delauter, Chairman of the FMH Planned Gifts Committee. "Time and again, people from all walks of life—with different income levels, professions, and passions—step forward to remind us that we can all make a difference that lasts well beyond our lifetimes, making life better for generations to come."

Frederick County residents need look no further than Clover Hill residents John and Millie Cartee for a local example of this type of extraordinary generosity. The Cartees recently made a provision in their will for Frederick Memorial Hospital, a gift the couple modestly hopes will "make a difference" to future generations.

A lifelong resident of Frederick County, John Cartee was a manager for Economy Oil, now known as Griffith Energy. Millie, a Walkersville High School graduate who grew up in Glade Valley, was an office manager at Frederick Motor Company for 35 years. She also served various community organizations as a volunteer, including 4 years as the FMH Auxiliary's Recording Secretary—eventually logging over 2,000 hours in the Hospital Gift Shop. Following his retirement in 2001, John joined Millie as a member of the FMH Auxiliary, and has spent over 1000 hours working in the Emergency Department. Actively involved in their church, the couple celebrates their 54th wedding anniversary in October 2009.

While both John and Millie Cartee have dedicated a great deal of time and energy to Frederick Memorial Hospital, both view their relationship with FMH as extremely rewarding.

"I can speak for both of us when I say that neither Millie nor I have ever regretted a day we've spent volunteering," says John. "We have enjoyed everything about it."

Following their rewarding experience as FMH volunteers, the Cartees felt that making a provision to support the hospital with a financial bequest was a natural extension of their commitment.

"Although the hospital often receives bequests it does not expect," said Ken Coffey, Vice President and the Hospital's Chief Development Officer, "we appreciated knowing about Mr. and Mrs. Cartee's intentions in advance. Knowing ahead of time gives the hospital an opportunity to recognize these generous donors while they are still living."

"We are grateful to the Cartees, and all the members of the hospital's Lasting Legacy program. Because of their generosity and concern for others, their memories will live on, and their gifts will remind us all that we, too, can make a difference in the lives of others."

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