Press Release: The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation Receives $1.9 Million Bequest from Babare EstateThursday, November 3, 2011
The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation Receives $1.9 Million Bequest from Babare Estate
TACOMA, WA (November 3, 2011)— The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, a leader in strategic giving for Pierce County philanthropists, announced today it has received a $1.9 million bequest from the estate of George and Dorothy Babare, long-time residents of Tacoma.« Go Back
"The Babares had deep roots in the Tacoma community," said Community Foundation President and CEO Rose Lincoln Hamilton. "We are grateful for their generous gift and gratified they (Babares) selected The Community Foundation to administer their philanthropic directives."
George & Dorothy Babare
George Babare was born in Vancouver B.C. in 1916. He grew up on Day Island and worked in his father’s lumber business and at the family shipyard. After being stationed in Japan during his service in the Army, George worked at the Bremerton shipyard before returning to Tacoma where he became an entrepreneur and businessman. George worked closely with his brother and business partner, Bob, on a number of business ventures, primarily in real estate.
George and his wife Dorothy Gillies married on August 23, 1952. Together, they had four children which they raised in the Old Town neighborhood of Tacoma. They started the George & Dorothy Babare Family Foundation in 1989.
In addition to his business ventures, George was an artist and took pleasure in painting and experimenting with other forms of art. His wife, Dorothy, was well-known for her commitment to her family and her Catholic faith. They enjoyed spending their free time in the outdoors, traveling and with their family.
They were married for 39 years, until Dorothy passed away in 1991. George passed away 17 years later in March 2008.
"One of the most valuable lessons my parents taught me was the importance of living beneath their means," said Martin Babare, the oldest son of George and Dorothy. "I’m very happy that their gift is staying local and will help make this a more vibrant community."
The Babare bequest is the newest fund established at The Community Foundation. "We’re dedicated to carrying out and honoring the creators’ specific philanthropic wishes," said Rose Lincoln Hamilton. "Their generosity will help ensure the vibrancy of our region for years to come," Lincoln Hamilton said.
About The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation is a philanthropic organization and trusted partner with the Pierce County community, fostering generosity by connecting people who care with causes that matter. By leveraging community funds, the Community Foundation provides effective, long-term social investment strategies to donors and people of Pierce County in order to address emerging issues facing the community. Building a safe, vibrant, engaged community is central to the mission of the Community Foundation. Over the last 30 years, the Community Foundation has distributed more than $80 million in grants. For more information, visit www.gtcf.org.