A Lifetime of Commitment to Children's

Leaving a Legacy: The Applefords

Lyle and Betty Appleford recently established a charitable gift annuity to benefit Seattle Children's.


Lyle and Betty Appleford have been dedicated friends of Seattle Children's for more than 50 years. Betty joined the McGilvra Guild in her Madison Valley neighborhood in 1957 and participated in her first of many activities in support of Children's - the Penny Drive.

"It was a good way to meet the neighbors," recalls Betty. "I went door to door to drop off envelopes and picked them up about two weeks later. Children and parents would save their pennies, and sometimes there'd be a few dollar bills as well."

Betty served as guild president several times, and though the guild disbanded in the 1970s, she continued as a hospital volunteer. She transported patients to the Orthopedic Clinic, worked in the playroom and the kitchen and served as a parent aide at the Family Resource Center.

"It's a wonderful way to give while you're here and can enjoy being part of the hospital."

Betty Appleford, legacy donor

Lyle pitched in at guild fundraisers and wrapped presents for children who were in the hospital at Christmas. The couple's son, Chris, volunteered at the Dr. Stanley Stamm Summer Camp.

"Children's is a wonderful institution," Betty says. "No one in our region is turned away if they can't pay." Lyle adds, "Children's is a tremendous resource for the Northwest and Alaska."

To celebrate Betty's birthday and to reaffirm their commitment to Children's, the couple recently established a charitable gift annuity; Lyle directed the payments to Betty. She receives guaranteed payments for life, and when the annuity ends, the remainder of the principal goes to the hospital. "It's a wonderful way to give while you're here and can enjoy being part of the hospital," says Betty. "In these economic times, it's also a good return on your money."

To learn about charitable gift annuities and other ways to include Children's in your estate plan, call Lorraine del Prado at 206-987-4977 or Christina Lui at 206-987-6812.