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CA Community Foundation Annual Report Features OIC

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Dr. Silva and PatientPermanent Gifts: A Legacy of Caring


Dr. Mauricio Silva and a fully healed Eduardo Jr. are all smiles at the Orthopaedic Institute for Children in Los Angeles.

Photo by Juan Alaniz, courtesy of the California Community Foundation


CCF helps donors leave an enduring legacy through charitable bequests, life income gifts, retirement assets, and other planned giving vehicles and enables them to witness the transformative power of that legacy today.


Eduardo Jr., a shy 9-year-old boy from South Los Angeles, never met Florence Devine and Frederick C. Hamilton, but if he could, he would thank them for the care he received after a serious accident nearly ended his budding soccer career.


When doctors at urgent care diagnosed a supracondylar humerus fracture, Eduardo Sr. took a friend’s advice and brought his boy to the Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC). Dr. Mauricio Silva performed the delicate surgery, and, nearly two months later, Eduardo Jr. was given the green light to resume tending goal for his beloved soccer team.


Twenty-two CCF funds have contributed more than $307,400 to the OIC this year. Many of these are legacy funds established by donors decades ago. In 1949, Frederick C. Hamilton dedicated a portion of his estate to be used expressly for medical treatment of children at the Los Angeles Orthopaedic Foundation (now the OIC). Florence Devine, a bookkeeper with the Golden State Company, established an Inter-Vivos Trust with CCF in 1961. Since her passing in 1969, her estate of $450,000 continues to support the many causes dear to her heart, one of which is the OIC.


CCF has stewarded the visions and funds of donors for nearly 100 years. For families like Eduardo’s, Florence and Frederick’s wishes to bring healing to children continue to be realized and deeply appreciated.


 “Sometimes you just don’t have the resources for this type of care. We would like to thank donors and tell them we are appreciative for this.”