Donor: Buzz and Emilie Bruce

Philanthropy and honor meet through Buzz & Emilie Bruce

Buzz & Emilie BruceTwenty-nine years ago, business brought Buzz and Emilie Bruce to Richmond. Now parents of seven and grandparents of nine, the couple came to know and love life in Wayne County.

Buzz understood the importance of local health care – especially after a heart attack. His encouraging experiences with Reid physicians and staff later prompted a gift to the For Our Future capital campaign. “We’ve always had a positive impression of Reid,” he said.

Buzz and Emilie’s gift enabled them to recognize someone who had made a great impact on their lives – Father Todd Riebe.

“When we received the letter about our plaque on the Honor Gifts Wall, we immediately thought of the exceptional human being we had met in Father Todd,” Buzz said. “He is a real blessing to the community.”

At Reid Hospital, those who contribute at certain levels gain recognition on a bronze plaque on the Honor Gifts Wall adjacent to Café at Twelve Hundred. Reid Foundation also offers the donor or donors the opportunity to include an additional memorial or tribute in the plaque’s text. Father Todd’s lasting honor will remind many of his contributions to the community.

“The Honor Gift that the Bruces have made is a gift that gives twice,” Father Todd said. “It is certainly a gift to me to be remembered in such an unexpected and special way, and it is a gift that supports the important healing work of Reid Hospital in our community. I am grateful to the Bruces for both parts of the gift.”

“Over the course of my life, I have seen quite a few people I admire,” Buzz added. “But none approaches him.”

In addition to the financial contribution, Buzz also spent more than eight years as a Reid volunteer. “He logged 486 hours for Hospice while volunteering,” said Volunteer Services Director Krista Thornsberry. “I am sure he touched many lives.”

In the end, Buzz and Emilie are pleased with their decision – the decision to support the future of health care and to honor a man who brings spiritual enlargement to a community.