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Legacy Circle

Legacy Circle gifts are one of the most meaningful gifts you can make to ensure that California is free of burn-related injuries and to perpetuate essential programming for those affected by burn injuries for years to come.

Members of the Legacy Circle leave a lasting legacy by naming the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation in their will, trust or estate plan.

Legacy Fund gifts can be made in several forms: Gift in Life, Bequest, Revocable Living Trust, Life Insurance, Pooled Income Fund, Charitable Remainder Trust, Charitable Gift Annuity, Gift of Real Estate, Memorial Gift and The General Endowment.

Legacy Circle Spotlight

For more than thirty years, Woody Reed served as a Captain in the Los Angeles County Fire Department. He witnessed first hand the heroism of the firefighter brotherhood and the devastating impact on someone who sustained a severe burn injury. He was introduced to the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation in the late 1970s, and remained a committed supporter for years. The dedication runs deep in the Reed Family, and Woody’s son, David, also served with the Los Angeles County Fire Service as well as supporting the early years of the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation.
From their humble beginnings, Woody and Louise had an enduring and passionate drive to help people. They were true partners in the belief that education can lift anyone to new heights of awareness and success. The Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation salutes their dedication to supporting burn survivors, including their pursuit of higher education, as their legacy of giving back to the world around them.
Woody is now with his beloved Louise who predeceased him in 2002. Woody is survived by his son, David and his wife, Kathleen; brother Ted and his wife, Debra; grandkids Thomas, and wife, Jessica, Jennifer, and Daniel; and great grandkids McKayla, Gabriella and Azurae as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. Woody will be missed for his stories, his passion for life and always supportive presence in the family’s lives.
In 2011, the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation received an amazingly generous bequest gift of $500,000 from the Woody and Louise Reed Family Trust. This legacy donation will have an incredible impact on the lives of burn survivors throughout California for years to come. Education was especially important to both Woody and Louise, and the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation renamed its scholarship program for burn survivors to The Woody and Louise Reed Bridge-to-Life Scholarship, in Woody and Louise’s honor.

Download the Legacy Circle Planning Tool and discuss your involvement with AARBF’s Legacy Circle with you financial and legal advisor.

For more information about estate planning and the Legacy Circle, please contact Jennifer Radics-Johnson, Executive Director at (818) 848-0223.