David and Barbara Hagman of Kenosha have always been very philanthropic and involved in their community. But their commitment to the Alzheimer’s Association came only after the family lost a beloved family member. “It all stems back to watching my vibrant, independent father who worked in law enforcement for 35 years, turn into a forgetful, wandering, shadow of his former self,” said David Hagman. “It was devastating,” said Barbara.
Hagman, who is CEO of Vista International Packaging, LLC a packaging firm that provides practical and innovative packaging solutions to the food industry, watched painfully from a distance as his father’s illness progressed. “It was incredibly tough on my mom as a caregiver,” he recalls. “She never drove and none of us children lived locally.” David’s father died in 1999 at age 74, several years after exhibiting the first signs of dementia.
But it wasn’t until several years later, in 2008, that David and Barbara actually became involved with the Southeastern Wisconsin chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. “David and I started to learn more about the disease through media coverage and decided to get more involved,” said Barbara. “ What I saw through my mother’s experience as a caregiver convinced me that I could truly make a difference by agreeing to serve on the Board of Directors”, said David.
Today, David Hagman chairs the Board’s Fund Development Committee. One of the couple’s current priorities is to create and grow a culture for planned giving as a renewable resource to sustain the Alzheimer’s Association in the future. ”We understand it takes financial resources to get things done,” said Barbara. “Over the past 10 years the Alzheimer’s Association, Southeastern Wisconsin chapter has received approximately $3.5 million through bequests from donors who remembered us in their wills,” said David. “These legacy gifts are critically important to the chapter’s continued success in providing care and support to individuals with Alzheimer’s and their families.”
To that end Barbara and David have become members of the Founder’s Society by making their own planned gift to the Alzheimer’s Association through their estate. “This is a tremendous charitable giving option that I think many investors should look at very closely,” said Barbara. “It’s really a win-win situation,” said David. “It’s so important to assist caregivers, and help them with their needs.”
If you are interested in joining the Founder’s Society or need further information about planned giving, please contact MaryAnn Vance, Development Director at 414-479-8800 or firstname.lastname@example.org