Bob Campbell often tells the story about his first GOAL Awards at Madonna. As the chairman of the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital Board of Directors that year, Bob was front and center to present GOAL Awards to three patients with extraordinary recoveries. As the patients spoke of their rehabilitation journeys and the love they found at Madonna, Bob had a hard time not tearing up. This was no ordinary civic board obligation. Madonna was different.
Shortly after completing his board service, Bob was drawn to work in the Madonna Foundation. He had successfully transitioned his family’s Miller & Paine Company to new ownership and wanted to concentrate on something meaningful in his retirement. Raising funds for the hospital and later serving as the Foundation’s director, Bob appreciated the important role rehabilitation plays.
“When it came time to consider estate gifts, it was relatively easy because we already knew our three areas of emphasis,” Bob said. He and his wife, Candy, have a long history of service in Lincoln to organizations that are important to them – especially those that focus on children and families, health care and the community.
“An estate gift is a wonderful way to continue your investment beyond your own lifetime,” Bob said. The Campbells’ choice to remember Madonna and other organizations in their estate is really a response to how blessed they have felt in their lives.
Candy’s focus has always centered on children and families. Cedars Youth Services has held a special place in her heart since she completed a practicum there in graduate school. She continues to advocate for children and families as a member of two foster care review boards. Bob also shared that their church is important to their lives. As an example, the Campbells help their church provide weekend meals to Prescott School children through the "Backpack Program." The couple also volunteers at church-sponsored free health clinics at Clinic with a Heart, where Bob serves on the board of directors.
Bob explained that the beauty of an estate gift is that anyone can make provisions for one. “We were able to do much more than we originally thought we could,” he added. Madonna is very grateful for Bob and Candy’s commitment to world-class rehabilitation through an estate gift.
“It is also a tribute to the many people who have come before us and have been so generous to the community through their estates for future generations to benefit from and appreciate,” Bob concluded.