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While Abby's late husband Ed was
on the Museum's Board, he made building the endowment a priority to help ensure the future financial security of the Museum. Abby remarked: "I had always thought that endowments required millions of dollars. When I read in the recent Quarterly that one could establish a Named Endowment for $25,000 or more, I decided to leave a legacy to the Museum. A Named Endowment is a great way to provide long-term support to the Museum."

The arts have been an inspiration throughout Genny's life, and through her art, volunteerism and financial support, Genny has played a major role in shaping the arts in our community. Genny has named the Museum as a beneficiary in her will, and hopes the Museum will use her legacy gift for the purchase of traditional art to help ensure that children will always have the opportunity to be inspired by art
in the Museum's galleries.

Jim and Alvina want their foundation to pave the way for young people to make a connection with the arts.
"We were pleased to underwrite
a portion of the THE REALITY OF THINGS: Trompe l'Oeil in America exhibition as a sponsor to help bring it to Vero Beach. You never know when the smallest thing, like a tour of an exhibition, will have a great impact on the life of a young person and provide a spark that could last the rest of their lives."

When her husband Bill passed away, Deb moved to Washington, D.C. but soon became homesick for Vero Beach and returned. "The Museum is a big reason of why I want to live here" states Deb. Since the Museum has been a major part of their lives, Bill and Deb wanted to make the Museum a beneficiary of their estate. The funds that the Museum receives from the Cochrane’s Charitable Remainder Trust will be used to create a named endowment to provide enduring support for youth programming.

Georgia and her late husband David have been generous in helping the Museum grow its collection by providing support for purchases of major pieces, such as Deborah Butterfield's bronze horse, and with donations from their own collection, including Dale Chihuly's Lapis Blue Persian and Songs: Over the
Rainbow
by Kenneth Nolan, to name just a few. A recent donation of a glass sculpture by Dominique
Labino, who together with Harvey Littleton pioneered the studio glass movement, was especially significant because of its personal significance to Georgia since she knew the artist and had often visited his studio in Grand Rapids, Ohio.

Jim and Roberta share a love and appreciation of art. Roberta developed much of her interest in art through Jim, who in the mid-sixties began a collection of modern American art — a past time he inherited from his parents who were collectors of the same genre during the 1940s. He enjoyed collecting for many years, but most of his collection has now been sold or donated to several museums, including the Vero Beach Museum of Art which received Colors on a Grid by Ellsworth Kelly, and Archetype by Heloise Crista. 
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