Donor Stories from the The Dayton Foundation’s 2013-2014 Annual Report

The Gift of Opportunity: Denise K. & Richard (Rip) P. Hale III

Giving for the Love of Community: Jayashri & Ratna K. Palakodeti, M.D.

Sharing a Desire to Give Back: Mary Kay & Richard H. Wick

Hope and Resilience Grow from Tragedy: Lori A. Hausfeld

Everyone Has Something to Contribute: Barbara A. Hayde & Ronald F. Budzik

The Gift of Opportunity: Denise K. & Richard (Rip) Hale III

Denise and Richard HaleWhen college sweethearts Denise and Rip Hale were transferred to Dayton from their native New Jersey for Rip’s job, they felt an immediate connection to the area and the people.

“Dayton embraced us. The people are very open to new people and ideas," said Rip, managing director, Wealth Management, of Morgan Stanley. “You don’t have to be connected to succeed. Everyone is welcome.”

Through their volunteerism and charitable giving, the Hales are helping to create the same opportunities for others that they have enjoyed since making Dayton their home. Denise and Rip have volunteered for several area nonprofit organizations, including the Dayton Art Institute, where Rip is a current board trustee. Denise, a former Culture Works board member, collaborated in 2009 to create the organization’s award-winning cookbook, “Cooking with the Arts,” to benefit local arts groups.

In 2000 the Hales established a Dayton Foundation Charitable Checking Account℠ which they use to support charities and causes they are passionate about, such as United Way and the arts.

“The arts are an integral part of our community,” Denise said. “They represent a universal language and enhance our lives and give our children a unique means of expression to explore new ideas.”

“It's empowering to make a difference in other people’s lives.” – Kettering resident Denise K. Hale “I Believe!” Partner.

“Arts provide an escape from the intensity and complexity of business,” Rip added. “It’s a shared experience that many people can participate in and observe, yet the impact can be so personal.”

The Hales also are helping individuals further their education through a scholarship fund established in 2007 through the Kettering Education Foundation, a component fund of The Dayton Foundation. Created in memory of their son, Chase, the yearly scholarship is awarded to a senior male swimmer at Kettering Fairmont High School, Chase's alma mater, where he also competed on the swim team. “Through this fund, our son's legacy will be protected," Rip said.

Whether supporting the arts, education or social services, the Hales focus on efforts that provide opportunities for others and uphold Dayton's history of excellence, innovation and success.

“Giving, whether it’s your money or time, makes a huge impact on the community and on nonprofit organizations,” Denise said. “It’s empowering to make a difference in other people’s lives.”

“We want to do our small part in making Greater Dayton a terrific place to live for future generations,” Rip said.

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Giving for the Love of Community: Jayashri & Ratna K. Palakodeti, M.D.

Jayashri and Ratna PalakodetiBeavercreek residents Jayashri and Ratna Palakodeti, M.D., believe it's the people who make a place a home. They were born and raised in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India and moved to England, where Ratna continued his medical education and started his career. In 1991 the Palakodetis moved to Dayton to raise a family. Since then they have called Dayton their home.

“When someone asks me what the attraction of Dayton is, I say it’s the people,” said Ratna, family physician for First Care Family Medical and medical director for First Care AfterHours. “The community has embraced us with open arms and warm hearts, in spite of our thick accents and cultural differences.”

Well known for his light-hearted sense of humor and can-do attitude, Ratna reciprocates that sentiment towards others, especially with his volunteer and fundraising efforts and with his patients.

“I don’t treat diseases. I treat people with diseases,” Ratna said. “I am fortunate that my patients accept me as part of their family, and they are part of mine. One’s life is fulfilled by helping others to fulfill their lives.”

“One’s life is fulfilled by helping others to fulfill their lives.” – Beavercreek resident Ratna K. Palakodeti, M.D. “I Believe!” Partner.

Philanthropy takes a different shape in the Indian culture, according to Jayashri. It’s more hands on than organized through foundations. “Ratna’s mother, for example, was an extremely generous person who helped a lot of people by raising them in her own home,” she said. “Giving is a selfish act – it makes me happy.”

As a Dayton Foundation Governing Board member, Ratna quickly learned about the Foundation and its many charitable options, including the Charitable Checking Account℠ (CCA) Service. Since opening a CCA for his and his wife's giving, Ratna has become a leading advocate for the service and its many benefits by encouraging friends and colleagues to open funds of their own.

“It’s so efficient and convenient to use, plus I can give to any charitable organization locally and nationally,” he said. "The Dayton Foundation connects me to the community and has broadened my horizon on the needs in our region.

“Winston Churchill said, 'We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give,'” Ratna continued. “We wouldn't have achieved what we have today without the support of this community. This is why we give back.”

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Sharing a Desire to Give Back: Mary Kay & Richard H. Wick

Mary Kay and Richard WickKettering residents Mary Kay and Richard Wick have reaped many blessings and weathered great loss throughout their 45-year marriage. Remaining constant is their love of family, and a shared desire to pay forward their good fortune.

“Growing up Catholic, I learned early on it's better to give than to receive,” said Mary Kay, a retired librarian at Woodbourne Library. “And volunteering your time is just as important as donating your dollars.”

The Wicks established a Charitable Checking Account℠(CCA) through The Dayton Foundation in 1995 at the suggestion of former Foundation Governing Board Chair Thomas Danis, to support the causes and charitable organizations they care about most.

“If everyone gives a little bit, together we can make a big difference for our community.” – Kettering resident Mary Kay Wick “I Believe!” Partner.

“The CCA service is a wonderful way to give,” said Richard, who recently retired as CEO of Industrial Grinding, Inc., and is current president of the Community Foundation for Kettering. “The Dayton Foundation staff is terrific and makes charitable giving so easy.”

Through their CCA, they support the David Bradley Wick Foundation, which was created in memory of their son shortly after his passing at age 26 in 1998.

“The foundation founders, made up mainly of David's high school friends, come together for an annual memorial golf tournament,” Richard said. “The proceeds benefit children in southwest Ohio, including awarding two $4,000 scholarships to attend parochial or private schools each year.”

“We take comfort in knowing that area children are being helped in David’s name. What a wonderful legacy,” Mary Kay said.

The Wicks focus their giving locally. Whether supporting universities to help others get an education, or giving grants to their church, they most want to aid those who may have fallen on hard times and just need some extra help to get back on their feet.

“So many people are hurting out there,” Richard said. “We have been so lucky and want to pass that on.”

Mary Kay agrees – and hopes others do too.

“My mother used to say, ‘Many hands make light work.’ If everyone gives a little bit, together we can make a big difference for our community,” she said

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Hope and Resilience Grow from Tragedy: Lori A. Hausfeld

More than four years after a single-engine plane crash claimed the lives of Lori Hausfeld's husband, Tom Hausfeld, and youngest daughter, Kacie, Lori is rebuilding her life and perpetuating her loved ones' generous community spirits.

“Giving to help others is my calling now,” said Lori, who resides in Springboro. “They contributed so much to my life and to the lives of others, it's only right that I should continue this in their memory.”

High school sweethearts, Lori and Tom Hausfeld moved to Dayton to expand a successful automotive disposal business with Tom's brothers. Tom was deeply connected to his community, whether it was serving on Alter High School's Board of Trustees, building an athletic center for his church or refereeing a basketball game.Lori Hausfeld

“The Dayton Foundation staff make it so easy to give, and they've made me feel like I'm part of their family.” – Springboro resident Lori A. Hausfeld “I Believe!” Partner.

Both Kacie and her sister, Ali, inherited their parents’ athletic talents, with Kacie leading the Alter High School volleyball team to the state championship in 2006. She also was the setter on the University of Dayton's women's volleyball team at the time of her passing.

“Tom and Kacie shared a strong work ethic and love of life,” Lori said. “Tom was extremely humble and a great listener, and Kacie had a smile that would light up a room. She didn’t take life too seriously and wanted to support others whenever possible.”

Years before his death, Tom and Lori established a Charitable Checking Account℠ through The Dayton Foundation to support organizations and causes important to them. Since the accident, Lori, along with her friends and family, has created several endowed Foundation funds in memory of her loved ones, including a named fund that helps students participate in Junior Olympic Volleyball.

“Playing sports helped both of our daughters in so many ways. It’s hard to see students not participate because their families can’t afford it,” Lori said. “The Dayton Foundation staff make it so easy to give, and they've made me feel like I’m part of their family.

“Some days when I’m feeling sad,” she continued, “I think how lucky I was to have Tom and Kacie in my life and how fortunate I am to be in a position to celebrate their lives and all that this community meant to them.”

To learn how the Charitable Checking Account℠ Service can help you help others, click here.

You also may download our brochures, The Charitable Checking Account℠ Service and Guidelines for Using Your Charitable Checking Account℠.

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Everyone Has Something to Contribute: Barbara A. Hayde & Ronald F. Budzik

Barbara Hayde and Ronald BudzikBeing servant leaders for their community is not what Centerville residents Barbara Hayde and Ron Budzik just do in their spare time. It’s their calling.

“Our highest priority should be to meet the needs of others,” said Ron, a retired vice president of the Mead Corporation and former chair of the company's foundation. “Everybody has a role to play, regardless of their financial means.”

Ron has worked tirelessly and unselfishly to make Dayton a better place for all residents, much like his mentors, John Moore, Sr., and Fred Smith.

“They pushed for what they believed in and established a model for the rest of us to follow. Changing the way people think isn't easy, but it can be done if you have determination,” said Ron, who helped launch the Schuster Performing Arts Center and the Dayton Early College Academy. He currently is working to aid Greater Dayton’s underserved people and ensure inclusion for all, among other efforts.

“Being a servant leader is not about what it does for you. It's about what you can do for others.” – Centerville resident Barbara A. Hayde “I Believe!” Partner.

Barbara agrees. In 1997, she was called upon to help conceptualize The Entrepreneurs Center, a not-for-profit that supports start-up technology-oriented businesses, after previous attempts to create a business incubator had failed.

“We had a task force of deeply committed individuals, who believed in the importance of this project,” said Barbara, who will retire as the Center’s president at the end of the year. “I truly respect entrepreneurs, many of whom risk their life's savings with no guarantee for success. Thanks to them – and the volunteers who provide expertise to help guide these fledgling businesses – we’re creating jobs and growing our region’s economy.”

Besides their involvement over the years with a number of Dayton Foundation leadership initiatives, they have established several charitable funds, including a designated fund made possible with a distribution from an individual retirement account.

“The Dayton Foundation provides unmatched services for individuals who want to give, but more importantly, they address the really tough issues in our community and collaborate with others on solutions,” Ron said.

“Being a servant leader is not about what it does for you. It’s about what you can do for others,” Barbara said. “The betterment of our community rests with all of us.”

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File date: 9.17.14


Helen Jones-Kelley

“It’s important to me that my children understand just how much their actions can help others, and why they must give back some part of themselves to the community.”
– Helen Jones-Kelley, Governing Board member and donor, on the Helen and Tom Kelley Family Fund.

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