On a cold day in January, 1948 Dorothy Helfenberger moved
from Pendleton, Indiana to Buck Creek Township in Hancock
County with her family. Her parents purchased a 74 acre farm at 200N and 600W, property that is now consumed by the interchange at Mt. Comfort Road and I-70. In a letter she wrote to her niece in 1997, she shares her parents’ love of farming and how their cows and chickens provided milk, eggs, and meat on the table. In 1961, her father sold 22,482 dozen eggs at $.36 per dozen and Dorothy shares her relief that they had finally purchased an egg washer!
Her father’s determination to farm, despite a hunting accident at the age of 14, may have inspired the adult Dorothy to establish a Charitable Remainder Unitrust (CRUT) many years later usinga portion of the farm’s value. In 1998, Dorothy defined the beneficiaries of the CRUT through the establishment of an HCCF fund, named for her and her husband, which included a plannedgift provision of 40% to HCCF for charitable endeavors in the community. In addition, HCCFwill administer perpetual grants to additional beneficiaries named in the The Walter andDorothy R. Helfenberger Charitable Endowment Fund including the American Bible Society, the Salvation Army, Wheeler Mission Ministries, New Hope Christian Church, and St. Labre Indian School.
Dorothy’s trust matured in 2011 when she passed two days before her 100th birthday. Dorothy is a wonderful example of a caring citizen who loved living in Hancock County and chose to make an investment in its future. Now that her gift has been successfully
invested, forty percent of the income generated will be added to that of the Hancock County Enrichment Fund, a member of the Spirit of Community Fund family to further HCCF’s 2013 grant efforts. To learn more about planned giving instruments, call Mary Gibble, President or visit www.giveHCgrowHC.org and click “Give Tomorrow”