Leaving a Legacy for the Trails:
Elaine & Kendall McNabney
This is the latest in a regular series focusing on donors who have chosen to make legacy gifts to the Oregon-California Trails Association.
– John Krizek
A traffic jam in Donner Pass 55 years ago led to a lifetime interest in trail history which last year culminated in a new member of the OCTA’s Trails Legacy Society.
When the tour finally stopped overnight in Reno, there were post cards depicting the story of the Donner party and their tragedy in those very mountains. The experience so piqued the interest of young Kelly that when she got home to Illinois she looked up George Stewart’s book Ordeal by Hunger, the story of the Donner party—and that was it.
As a single person with no heirs, she consulted with her financial advisor and decided to dedicate part of her estate to the cause “dearest to my heart” through the Trails Legacy Society, and thus help preserve that trail legacy in perpetuity.
– John Krizek
Cheryl & Gil Hoffman
This is the first in a regular series focusing on donors who have chosen to make legacy gifts to the Oregon-California Trails Association.
Gil adds: “We are especially interested in OCTA’s core work of identifying and preserving the trails for all to enjoy and push to see that this part of our history is taught in schools.”
For information about how you make a legacy gift to OCTA, visit http://www.octa-trails.org/preserve/trails-legacy-society
Pat Traffas, OCTA President
Submitted by: Pat Traffas, OCTA President
I have long valued my membership with OCTA, providing an opportunity to visit trail sites with others of like interest and dedication in our country’s past.
Thanks for your team’s dedication to OCTA and our past,