Virginia Mason donors who make monthly contributions — like Judy Delong-Rittman and Toni Doane — provide a vital and reliable source of funding, especially in a year as unpredictable as 2020. When donors pledge even $10 or $20 per month, it provides predictable funding that allows for better planning to serve our community.
“I’ve always loved Virginia Mason and as a clinician, I saw the excellent care the staff provides,” says Judy, who was a physical therapist at Virginia Mason for 25 years. “I give monthly to places that I really believe in and Virginia Mason is one of those. It has a very special place in my heart.”
Toni Doane also shows her support through smaller, monthly donations and directs her gifts to Bailey-Boushay House (BBH).
“It’s a way to support the organization without giving a big chunk of money at one time,” she says. “Monthly donations make it much easier to donate.”
Toni first learned about BBH at the peak of the AIDS epidemic, when her friend Dean came to BBH for end-of-life care. Years later, Toni got back in touch when Chris, a member of her Vashon Island community, became severely ill with ALS. Toni took in Chris’ Labrador, Bella, when Chris became too sick to care for her. She even took Bella to visit Chris when she was relocated to BBH.
“I phoned ahead to see if we would be allowed to bring a dog and they said ‘yes’ and were very accommodating,” Toni says. “Chris was living in this really wonderful huge room and got to see her Bella one last time.”
Over the years, Toni has been impressed to learn about how BBH has adapted to meet the evolving needs of the communities they serve.
“I firmly believe in the services they provide and feel strongly about their work, especially after knowing two people who received care and left the world from Bailey-Boushay,” she says. “I don’t know of many organizations that provide the care they do — they fill a huge need in the Seattle area and I’m always happy to contribute what I can.”