April Thede - Bequest
When I first learned of CALM, it was during a recruitment event for a new Auxiliary that was forming in 1970. I was a teacher and knew firsthand the tragedy of child abuse. Doing something about it just spoke to me. Ten of us started the first CALM Auxiliary and since then, I have never looked back.
All of us were very active rolling up our sleeves making sure CALM had what it needed to sustain its valuable programs by hosting various fundraising events. After 50 years, I am grateful to remain an active member of the Auxiliary which to-date has raised over $1 million dollars for CALM. This year also marks the 30th year of the CALM Antiques Show at the Earl Warren Fairgrounds. The Antiques Show is part of my annual contribution and legacy to CALM.
Even though my husband Jerry, who is now deceased,had to be very patient with our phone ringing all hours of the day for CALM, later in life he did admit how proud he was of my contributions. This acknowledgement still fuels me and my love for CALM today.
I have been very fortunate. My family is doing just fine and have no needs. CALM kids are my kids, too. What remains when I go will be there for them and some other select charities. CALM is a great organization. I sing it's praises constantly and encourage others who may be considering a gift of any kind to do your homework. Give them a call. It is an investment you no doubt will find rewarding as I have for the past 50 years.