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Quakertown Receives Estate Gift from Former Board Member

Estate Gift from Former Board Member

Gift from beloved community member is the largest single gift to St. Luke's Quakertown Hospital - Gift will benefit Endowment Fund

St. Luke's Quakertown Hospital was named a beneficiary of the estate of James C. Ebbert who passed away on December 26, 2007, according to hospital President Ed Nawrocki. Mr. Ebbert served as a board member of the former Quakertown Hospital Association for 30 years. Ebbert's gift of $1,000,000 is the largest single gift St. Luke's Quakertown Hospital has received in its history. His gift was directed to support the hospital's endowment fund.

“I've had the pleasure of knowing Jim professionally for three years. I can say with certainty that nowhere did a more genuine person exist. We are humbled by this great man's generosity to his community. We accept this gift which will contribute to the continued prosperity of St. Luke's Quakertown Hospital,” states Nawrocki. “Jim was devoted to the Quakertown community, and this gift will establish his legacy and that of his beloved wife, Martha.”

Mr. Ebbert taught in the Quakertown Community Schools for several years. He left teaching in November, 1946, when he purchased the former K & L Company, Inc. and remained there until retiring in December of 1982. He was a member of the Quakertown Lions Club, Quakertown Lodge 512 F & A.M., Lehigh Consistory, American Legion Post 242, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1622 and the Quakertown Chamber of Commerce. He was involved in forming Quakertown Little League and was former business manager of Quakertown A. A. Football. During World War II Jim taught pilots celestial navigation in the Army Air Corp. He was a member of First United Church of Christ in Quakertown.

Gifts designated to the permanent endowment fund are invested and remain intact; only the income from their investment may be used to meet the greatest needs of the hospital. “Our hospital has delivered health care to this community for nearly 80 years. Mr. Ebbert's gift, as with all gifts designated to endowment, will help provide Quakertown residents with quality health care close to home for many more years to come,” Nawrocki closes.

Tom Bisko, President and CEO of QNB and Chairman of the Board of Trustees at St. Luke's Quakertown Hospital shares, “Jim was a great guy and a good friend. He believed in this community and in its hospital. His gift gives clear perspective on his vision for St. Luke's Quakertown Hospital and its permanence in the Quakertown community.”

For more information about the St. Luke's Quakertown Hospital Endowment Fund, contact Deborah Willey, Director of Development, at 215-538-4511.