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A DONOR NEXT DOOR:
Sara Kimmel Lytle
Dayton native Sara Kimmel Lytle was a woman of conviction and a cheerleader for her community. Though family, golf and friends were her top priorities, she spent most of her life volunteering for various community organizations, including The Visiting Nurses Association and The Junior League of Dayton for more than 50 years. She and her husband, Mason “Hooker” Lytle, also delivered Meals on Wheels to sick and homebound individuals.
“Hooker and I share a keen interest in people,” said Sara Kimmel Lytle in a 1990 Dayton Foundation newsletter article. “We’re at our best when we're involved in helping others. We agreed that we have an obligation to the community, as well as to our family.”
Before her passing in 2010, she established the Lytle-Kimmel Fund through The Dayton Foundation to support in perpetuity the charities and community she cared about. The fund currently awards grants to her designated charities, but eventually it will become an unrestricted fund, helping The Dayton Foundation to meet changing community needs.
Her decision to open her permanent endowment fund was summed up best when she said, “What easier way is there to continue serving the community than by being a part of The Dayton Foundation?”
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IN THEIR WORDS
“The arts inspire people and give them a way to express what is important to them. It’s interesting to know that The Dayton Foundation has its ear to the ground and will have the flexibility to support the efforts with the greatest impact on the arts long after we're gone.” – Leona and Jane Dunwoodie, Dayton Foundation donors since 1999