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The estate of Helen Watkins, wife of former IAM&AW General Vice President George Watkins, has made another generous donation to the IAM&AW, this time to Guide Dogs of America (GDA). The Watkins' Living Trust has donated $50,000 to the school.

The couple created their Living Trust to support and help further the causes of the organizations in which they believed. Both Helen and George were civic-minded and believed in long term goals and judicious spending of monies. The Watkins felt each non-profit organization included in the Trust had merit and affirmed their beliefs. They had been married for 61 years when George passed away in 1993. Helen passed away in June 2012.

In their trust, the Watkins requested that an organization in receipt of one of their gifts acknowledge it in some form of communication within the organization. In their words, "To encourage others to make commitments/arrangements in their estate planning."

"We are deeply grateful to the Watkins for their support of GDA, their belief in our mission and helping to make it possible for us to continue to change the lives of the blind or visually-impaired," said GDA President Dale Hartford. 

For information about becoming a Partner in Trust, please contact Rhonda Bissell at 818-833-6432.

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