Create Your Legacy

how will you be remembered?

Making a connection. It sometimes requires extraordinary patience, effort and skill. But in a place filled with love and laughter, where victories are often hard-fought but deeply rewarding, it’s worth it. And every inch of progress is unforgettable. How will you be remembered? We invite you to link your legacy with ours through a planned gift. After all, love is forever.

It can be as easy as asking your attorney to add a codicil, a simple addition, to your will. Please contact Kathleen Kaurup, director of philanthropy, at (757) 622-2208 ext. 307 or to ask more about this and other ways you can continue your support into the future. Thank you. 

invest in their future. Leave your legacy.

Gifts made through estate plans offer benefits to you and ensure that future generations of children and young adults will benefit from the excellent care at St. Mary’s Home. If you plan for a future gift to St. Mary’s Home, we’d like to honor you with membership in a group of special people, The Guardian Society.

How do you join? It can be as simple as leaving St. Mary’s in your will. Just let us know about your planned gift. To celebrate your decision to make a planned gift to St. Mary’s, we will invite you to all St. Mary’s events, plus special events just for Guardian Society members. Your name also will be included in our annual report, on our website and on the donor tree in our front lobby. Of course, if you prefer to join The Guardian Society and remain anonymous, you will be invited to events and receive updates from the Home but your name will not appear in print or online.

meet some founding members of the Guardian society

Leslie Paul & Bill Seib: From Playgrounds and Pools to the Future

Bill Seib and Leslie Paul

Leslie Paul helped refurbish
St. Mary’s playground, bought special life jackets for the children to use when they swim in our therapy pool and helped fund a fiberglass lining for that pool. Leslie and her husband, Bill Seib, also have planned for the future of the children with gifts in a trust and a will, inspired by “seeing the kids and their interaction with the staff in the pool, and how happy they are doing activities,” Leslie said. “What a great organization St. Mary’s is.”

Carl & Carole Anne Albero: Helping Children -- and Adults
auction 2011 - alberosCarl M. Albero, a St. Mary’s board member, retired Navy captain and cofounder and former president and CEO of AMSEC, has been a generous supporter of St. Mary’s Home for many years. He and his wife, Carole Anne Albero, are the main benefactors of the home that St. Mary’s opened in 2013 to care for adults. Albero also plans to continue supporting the children by remembering the Home in his will. “It’s just an unbelievable story when you go through (St. Mary’s),” Albero said. “They’re good people helping these children who can’t help themselves.”
Catherine & Tom Giordano: Providing Care with Grace and Nurturing

Tom and Catherine GiordanoFor years, Catherine Giordano has delivered holiday presents to the children of St. Mary’s. She and her brother, Augustine Riolo, donated funds for a resident room in The Albero House for adults and named it in honor of their mother, Clotilde Gandulla Riolo. Catherine and her husband, Tom, also created The Giordano Trust as founding members of The Guardian Society. “I encourage everyone to think long and hard about the footprint in the sand they leave behind,” Mrs. Giordano said. “This gift will absolutely benefit those less fortunate but, more importantly, those who deserve to be cared for with grace and the nurturing environment that St. Mary’s provides.”

learn more about how you can invest in their future

Download more information about how you can help ensure that the residents of St. Mary’s Home will continue to receive the comprehensive care they need, long into the future:

Read more about The Guardian Society.

Learn about various ways to give.

Find out how a gift you make with a charitable annuity will pay you for a lifetime.

See how your will is a convenient way to make a significant gift and create your legacy.

Thank you to the corporate and community leaders who have helped to raise more than $3 million to build The Albero House for adults on St. Mary’s campus, and to those who lend their expertise about estate planning and provide advice to St. Mary’s as we move forward:


Planned Giving Committee