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Shepherd head has history with community

November 22, 2013
By BRUCE THOMAS - Prime Time columnist ( , Tribune Chronicle |

Sally and I had occasion to talk with Don Kacmar recently regarding his long career in the realm of senior retirement. He is the administrator of Shepherd of the Valley retirement communities. The story of my association with Kacmar and Shepherd has three chapters. Chapter 1 was when I was development director for Shepherd in the late 1980s. Working with Mr. Kacmar, I introduced the concept of charitable gift annuities and urged all staff to make contributions to the annual appeal through which in the first year, we were able to buy a $20,000 mini-bus that Kacmar had been hoping for. It was his leadership and knowledge of the organization's needs that made working at Shepherd rewarding.



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