Annemarie and Wayne Mewhorter bequeathed approximately $75,000 to World Hunger Education Service. Mrs. Mewhorter passed away in 2000, relinquishing the estate of her late husband. WHES gratefully acknowledges their bequest.
As directed in her will, we have established an endowment for WHES in the Mewhorters’ name. This will provide WHES with approximately $3,500 annually, which we will use for publication of Hunger Notes.
We did not know the Mewhorters. However, Mrs. Mewhorter’s will establishes a clear sense of their priorities, which focused on helping poor people and those disadvantaged in other ways. They made 22 distinct bequests including:
Poverty (Feed the Children, Bay County Women’s Center, Africare, Catholic Relief Services, Save the Children, Lutheran World Relief, the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, and WHES)
Health and Disabilities (Leader Dogs for the Blind, American Lung Association, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Make-A-Wish Foundation, International Red Cross, American Cancer Society, Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, American Diabetes Association, Special Olympics of Michigan, National Kidney Foundation)
Other (Underground Railroad, Inc., Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, City of Frankenmuth Canine Unit)
Their concern for religion was evidenced by their bequests in Germany, which were all to German churches, as well as the contributions noted above to religious organizations devoted to helping the poor, sick and disadvantaged, such help being a fundamental command of Christianity.
WHES is proud to be remembered by the Mewhorters. It has been an unexpected recognition and affirmation of our goal, to help those in the United States (and now via the Internet, elsewhere) understand the desperate situation of poor people in the world, and how we in the United States might reach out to help them. May we be worthy of the Mewhorters’ trust, and, through our efforts and those of others who have received their bequest, may their goodwill and concern continue to act as a force for good in the world!