Warren and Carol McHale Give to Heart Research
Warren McHale had angioplasty at Cleveland Clinic 15 years ago and was happy with his care. Recently, he and his wife, Carol, decided to show their satisfaction by supporting the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute with a charitable gift annuity.
They are directing their gift toward research projects “that might otherwise lack the funding to get off the ground,” Mr. McHale says.
“It’s not only our personal experience that led to our gift,” Mrs. McHale says. “We’re well aware of heredity issues with heart disease and would like to see new kinds of testing developed.”
The McHales have a history of service-mindedness. Mrs. McHale, a retired career counselor with Lakeland Community College and social worker with the Lake County Mental Health Center, and Mr. McHale, retired Group President for Parker-Hannifin Corp., both served on the boards of Cleveland-area nonprofit organizations before moving to Naples, Fla., 10 years ago.
The couple also has a passion for healthcare. “We have been interested in medical issues and research our whole lives,” Mrs. McHale says.
Importance of Philanthropy
Having worked in nonprofit institutions, she says, she understands the role that philanthropy plays. “Research is important, and philanthropy is very important in supporting it.”
For their Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute support, the McHales liked the idea of a charitable gift annuity because it provides them with a guaranteed income stream for life, in addition to fulfilling their charitable goals.
“It made it easy to give,” Mr. McHale says. “We could arrange the timing and amount to match our own situation.”
This story originally appeared in the Winter 2008 edition of Pyramid.
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