Avow celebrates veterans and receives significant donation

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The donation will allow Avow, a 4-Star “We Honor Veterans” partner, to continue supporting and honoring veterans in the southwest Florida community.

The donors, William and June Wigal, had deep connections to both military service and hospice care. William served in the U.S. Navy, and June worked as a Supervisory General Supply Specialist at the U. S. Naval Station in Norfolk, Virginia, where she retired from the Department of the Navy after 28 years of civilian service.

The couple established their planned gift to Avow with the Raymond James Family Wealth Planning Group after William passed away in hospice with Avow. Later, June also received Avow hospice care prior to her passing. Their donor fund was created to recognize the causes William and June considered to be “most important.” The Wigals and their family were extremely grateful and appreciative for Avow’s care, and their experience motivated them to include Avow in their planned giving.

The donation was announced with a check ceremony during Avow’s Armed Forces Appreciation Day breakfast. Along with over 150 veterans and community supporters, other guests included Rep. Bob Rommel (FL District 106), and dignitaries and officials from local veterans’ organizations. Speakers representing every military service participated as well as other special guests. Rick LoCastro, Avow Senior Director of Development (and also a retired Air Force Colonel) was the master of ceremonies.

The Raymond James Family Wealth Planning Group is a full-service wealth management firm that specializes in serving individuals, families, and business owners. They oversee more than 35 Family Foundations & Donor Funds for their clients which has supported over 100 organizations over the past year.

Avow was founded in 1983 as Collier County’s original, nonprofit hospice. Today, Avow’s nonprofit companies provide palliative care consultations for adults facing chronic or serious illness and hospice care and bereavement support services for children and adults.

To learn more about the scope of services provided by Avow, or to donate to Avow’s “We Honor Veterans,” visit avowcares.org.


Learn more about the “We Honor Veterans” initiative, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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