“Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland, will be reaping the benefits of George and Hazel Luster’s kindness and generosity for years to come.”
In a first-of-its-kind gift to the nonprofit organization, George and Hazel Lusters donated nearly $70,000 through their estate. The organization’s board voted to place the money in its endowed fund at Central Kentucky Community Foundation, said Jamie Sizemore, Feeding America’s executive director in a news release.
The News-Enterprise’s recent article, “Lusters leave legacy of caring, compassion,” reports that while the Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland endowment fund at the community foundation was started in 2016, the Lusters’ contribution is the first estate gift made to the fund.
“We are so honored Mrs. Luster included Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland in her estate planning,” said Davette Swiney, president and CEO of CKCF. “She was a regular donor to our organization, so our board made the decision to honor the legacy and generosity of the Lusters, by placing the gift in an endowment fund managed by CKCF. This forever home will have a lasting impact on those who are in need of food assistance.”
Becky Loyall, a Feeding America board member, and her husband Randall enjoyed a decades-long friendship with the Lusters. She said the couple valued education and community.
“They were very gracious people and so kind to everyone,” Becky Loyall said. “They were generous with their time, their money and their energy.”
The Lusters moved to Elizabethtown, Kentucky in the 1970s, and quickly embraced their new community and made it home.
George was the academic dean at then-Elizabethtown Community College and remained in the position, until his retirement in 1986.
George died in 1997, and Hazel remained in Elizabethtown.
Not only was Hazel generous, but friends said that she was also humble and wouldn’t want much attention to be given to her or her husband for their legacy gift.
Reference: The News-Enterprise (November 15, 2019) “Lusters leave legacy of caring, compassion”