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On Dec. 31, 1979, Mrs. Marion W. Sitterding finalized a trust agreement to establish the William Sitterding Foundation in memory of her late husband. The Foundation was designed to benefit four charities in Richmond: Crippled Children’s Hospital (now Children’s Hospital Foundation); Church of Christ, Scientist, Nurse’s Association of Richmond, Virginia; Sheltering Arms Hospital, Richmond, Virginia; and Police Benevolent Association of Richmond, Virginia, which was unable to qualify and did not participate. Mr. Malcolm M. Christian, Esq., helped establish the trust at Virginia Trust Company and served as a trustee until the Foundation was closed in 2014.
“Marion Sitterding spent many hours considering many beneficial interests,” Mr. Christian remembered. “The four organizations were selected very carefully, and her hope was that the beneficiaries would remember that the gifts were made in memory and honor of her husband Billy.”
Mrs. Sitterding made a contribution to the fund of $50,000 with the intention that income would be distributed annually. In the years since, Children’s Hospital Foundation has received disbursements totaling nearly $1.2 million. As the sole surviving trustee, Mr. Christian chose to close the Foundation and disburse the remaining assets to the beneficiaries in Dec. 2014. Children’s Hospital Foundation’s share was $1 million, nearly doubling the total support received thanks to the Sitterdings’ generosity. The Church of Christ, Scientist and Sheltering Arms Hospital also received final distributions of $1 million each.
“Marion was just a very giving and generous person,” said Mr. Christian, who was born and raised in Richmond’s Ginter Park community and knew Mrs. Sitterding as his mother’s good friend. “I don’t think there was a selfish bone in her body. I was simply an instrument in her plan, and it is just by the grace of God that I have lived long enough to get the job done.”
The Sitterding family originally came to Richmond in the early 1880s. Mr. Sitterding’s passion was real estate, and he purchased, timbered, and sold large sections of real estate in Chesterfield and Henrico Counties and accumulated a large estate over his lifetime. With no children of their own, Mr. and Mrs. Sitterding turned their attention to charitable interests.
Mr. Christian continued, “It’s been a wonderful thing to see somebody take advantage of the gifts they were given and in turn provide benefits to others. It’s something that people ought to aspire to. Most people will never know who Billy and Marion Sitterding were, but they have and will continue to benefit from their generosity.”
Pictured above: Malcolm M. Christian, Esq., helped Marion W. Sitterding establish the William Sitterding Foundation in 1979 in honor of her late husband. From 1979 through 2014 when the Foundation was closed, Children’s Hospital Foundation received $2.2 million from the Sitterding’s generosity.
Audrey Costa may have been born with chronic kidney disease, but thanks to the care she receives at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, she is a happy and active 2-year-old. Hear Audrey’s parents, Tiffany and Tony, tell their daughter’s amazing story.
Since starting physical, occupational and speech therapy at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, four-year-old Allie Jones has started school, is learning to pedal a bicycle, is expanding her spoken vocabulary and recently graduated from the Children’s Feeding Program.
When Ellen Sulanke became ill with a severe respiratory virus at five weeks of age, she spent six days at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU where she was cared for by physicians in the Progressive Care Unit. www.chfrichmond.org
Check out our CBS6 commercial for the Children’s Hospital Foundation Four Mile Walk/Run, which will be held on Saturday, September 21! Learn more and register today at www.CHFRace.org.
After breaking her arm at gymnastics practice, 10-year-old Sydney Emery was treated by multiple specialists in Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s Emergency Room. www.chfrichmond.org
Beginning Friday, December 7th, 2012, Lite98 and Q94 brought the community together and showed how much they care for local children by hosting the 36 Hours for Kids Radiothon. Local talent from both Lite98 and Q94 gathered at the Brook Road Campus of Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) and at Short Pump Town Center for three days to help raise vital funds for local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU.
Watch highlights from the annual Kappa Delta Tour Day, held on Saturday, November 3. Children’s Hospital Foundation is a national philanthropy of Kappa Delta Sorority.
Over 400 children came to our Petersburg Health and Safety Day on May 15, 2012. The event featured a fire safety house from the Fort Lee Fire Department, a water safety demonstration by the YMCA, and games and exercises from the hospital therapy department. Additional community partners included American Family Fitness, Petersburg School System, Petersburg Public Library, and many others.
More than 400 dancers took the stage on Jan. 28, 2012 during the 13th Annual Virginia Dance Festival organized by Jessica Morgan School of Dance. This year’s festival raised more than $13,000 for Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Proceeds from the 2011 Children’s Hospital Foundation Ball will be used to renovate a rooftop play deck, named the Children’s Garden, on the MCV Campus of Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. Once completed, the rooftop play deck pictured in these photos will serve the more than 5,000 children and families admitted each year to the acute care pediatric areas on the seventh floor of the Main Hospital.
Members of the Junior Board of Childrenâ€™s Hospital Foundation are pleased to announce that the 48th Annual Childrenâ€™s Hospital Foundation Ball raised $217,000 for the renovation of the rooftop play deck at Childrenâ€™s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR). The Ball was held on November 4 at the Country Club of Virginia and was attended by more than 650 guests.
The 40th Anniversary Dong’s Martial Arts Tournament, held Saturday, November 5th, produced a $29,180 donation for Children’s Hospital Foundation, bringing the total to $300,334.58 raised for the foundation in the past 15 years. The tournament at the Arthur Ashe Center had 360 participants and about 3,500 spectators.
On Saturday, November 5th, riders on more than 900 motorcycles delivered teddy bears to patients at Children’s Hospital of Richmond during the 29th Annual Teddy Bear Run! The event is organized by the Blue Knights VA III, a local law enforcement motorcycle club.
The ninth annual Childrenâ€™s Hospital Foundation 5K/10K Walk/Run sponsored by American Family Fitness and Richmond Family Magazine Kids Mascot Mile was held around the grounds of Childrenâ€™s Hospital of Richmondâ€™s Brook Road Campus on Saturday, Oct. 8. Nearly 600 participants walked and ran through Richmondâ€™s Northside neighborhoods to support Childrenâ€™s Hospital Foundation.
The 40th Anniversary Dongâ€™s Martial Arts Tournament is scheduled for November 5, 2011 at noon at the Arthur Ashe Center, 2907 North Boulevard. As a benefit for Childrenâ€™s Hospital Foundation, this annual event is a celebration of the true spirit of martial arts - the willingness to help others as well as yourself.