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Personal Donor Stories
On behalf of Media Research Center, we would like to thank all of our current donors for their generosity and support. Here are some of their stories.
Dae Miller - Montgomery, Alabama
I am proud to support the Media Research Center through my charitable gift annuity. In addition to making a contribution in support of the truth, I also receive a number of attractive tax and income benefits. In this political climate, it is uplifting to read, see and hear accurate news reporting. The MRC’s information gathering and distribution is truly impressive – Brent Bozell and his team are real forward thinkers. I hope everyone will consider helping the Media Research Center.
Jim and Melissa Emery - Savannah, Georgia;
“We view Media Research Center as a national treasure. No one else has done more to shine the light of truth on the media and to bring awareness to the general public of just how biased the news they used to believe has been. Ronald Reagan, Rush Limbaugh, and Brent Bozell’s MRC are the three main reasons Conservatives have the voice and credibility they do today. We can’t think of a more important or impactful organization, fighting for what we believe in, to whom to leave the money this country has enabled us to earn and save. We only wish we could do more.”
His family’s official obituary is straightforward and points to a remarkable career. Steven Pierpont Jeffris Wood was born on May 2, 1917 in Forsythe, Montana. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy and attended Princeton University and the University of Chicago. He served his country in World War II as an Officer of the 33rd Armored Division. Following his discharge from the U.S. Army as a major in World War II, Mr. Wood joined Warner Electric Brake and Clutch Company of South Beloit, Illinois. In 1984, he retired as Chairman of the Board from Warner Electric when the company was sold. He retired with his wife, Colette, to their home in Cannes, France where he passed away on September 22, 2005.
But Steve Wood leaves behind something else: A legacy of extraordinary philanthropy. Many conservative organizations were benefactors of his generosity including the Leadership Institute, the Heritage Foundation, Young America’s Foundation, and the Media Research Center. All of these organizations, and others too, have now suffered a great loss.
Steve Wood was as charming as he was generous. A visit with him was always a delight even when, in his final days, the visit had to be short in deference to his deteriorating physical condition. But even then the visitor would still be awed by the grace and gentility of the man with the shocking white hair and heavy black eye glasses, always smiling, always hospitable.
Several years ago I visited with Steve at his home in Cannes to request that he consider a legacy gift for the Media Research Center in his estate. We had lunch in his sunlit dining room, after which I presented him with the voluminous written materials he would want to examine in consideration of my proposal, and then laid out, for some 20 minutes, my pitch. All the while he sat impassively listening, but his body language told me nothing. When I finished, it was the moment of truth. Had I made my case? Still, for several agonizing moments, he said nothing. Finally he turned, slowly, to his assistant, then winked. “Should we tell him?” he asked her impishly. She nodded, and he turned back to me and announced this had already been done.
And indeed it was. After Steve Wood left us I received a call from his daughter, Paula Wood Loud. Steve had left behind a legacy gift of $2.875 million to the Media Research Center.
One grasps at straws attempting to express the appropriate gratitude, knowing it will be insufficient. I can say it was the final act of many acts of kindness from this man, a role model of philanthropy, and as gracious an individual as I have ever met.
Richard Helmick - Hilo, Hawaii
“Unlike some organizations which rely on rabid, ad hominem attacks, the Media Research Center presents the truth in a straightforward, coherent and civilized way. They choose their battles wisely and provide an invaluable service to our country and its citizens. Although I have been a strong supporter for many years, I decided to establish an MRC charitable gift annuity because of the outstanding tax and income benefits generated by this giving opportunity. Not only do I receive a fixed lifetime income stream and current income and capital gain tax savings, but the MRC can immediately use a portion of my original gift as they work to bring balance to the nation's news media.”
In October of 2004, Bill and Sharon Towery visited the Media Research Center (MRC) headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. Mr. Towery’s uncle and MRC supporter, Eugene Allen, had recently died and the Towerys had requested a tour of our offices. During the course of our meeting, we got a big surprise. Bill and Sharon presented the MRC with a $137,756 gift from Mr. Allen's estate. While we knew of Mr. Allen’s philanthropy and his generous support of the MRC over the years, we never expected this. Mr. Allen’s support of the MRC began in 1996 with a $100 contribution. Each year thereafter he generously contributed to our work, sometimes making several donations in one year. Mr. Allen continued to support the MRC until he passed away in 2002 with total lifetime gifts of over $6,000. We are very grateful that Mr. Allen decided to include the Media Research Center in his will, and we pledge to uphold the ideals that inspired him to support the MRC in the first place.
I have been supporting the Media Research Center (MRC) for many years now. I have decided to bequeath to the MRC a major gift because I believe the MRC is the only organization dedicated to getting the truth out on the news of the day which is otherwise very badly skewed to the left. It is my desire to see more balanced coverage particularly regarding the UN and the World Court which often receive fawning coverage in the so-called mainstream media.
J. A. Bruton - North Carolina
I am happy to support the Media Research Center. They give me the “straight story” based on facts, not opinions or media hype. Additionally, my MRC charitable gift annuity provides me with a guaranteed, lifetime income stream that is considerably more than the income I could receive from a savings account or money market fund. I also received an upfront income tax deduction. I urge others to consider this important giving opportunity.
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