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Gifts of Gratitude - Ed and Dorothy Renno

Gifts of Gratitude - Ed and Dorothy Renno

Edward and Dorothy Renno are loyal to their doctors at Saint Francis Hospital. "When you have hip surgery or a heart valve replaced and all goes well, you feel very grateful," said Ed.

To express this gratitude, the Rennos gave their first gift to Saint Francis Hospital in 1969 to thank their physician, Dr. Louis Giannasi, for his excellent care. Since then, they have made numerous contributions to the hospital, including four charitable gift annuities.

"Saint Francis Hospital has been wonderful to both us. Making these gifts is a meaningful way for us to give back," noted Ed. "The annuities are also a good investment, as they provide us with tax benefits and a steady income for the rest of our lifetimes, which at this time in our lives is very important to us," he added.

To meet him, you'd never guess Ed recently celebrated his 90th birthday. Both he and Dorothy remain active at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, where Ed's been an usher for more than 30 years. They have also joined the Lincolnwood Seniors and the Garden Club. Last summer they filled their own beautiful garden with an impressive display of raspberries, roses and zinnias.

After living in their Lincolnwood home for more than 60 years, the Rennos plan to move to a retirement community soon. While having access to a garden would be nice, one of their top priorities is to remain close to their doctors at Saint Francis Hospital.


Note: Mr. Renno passed away on September 8, 2007, at age 90. He and Dorothy were married for 62 years.


A charitable gift annuity is a fast and simple way to make a gift today and still enjoy a lifetime income. For more information, please contact Susan Ende, Director of Development, Saint Francis Hospital, at 847-316-2149.

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