Passed down from generations

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Left to right: Foundation board chair John Slaughenhaupt welcomes Greg Atkinson and his wife Patti into the Annae Barney Gorman society, which recognizes generous friends at Dayton Children's that support our mission.

Year after year, Greg Atkinson’s grandfather volunteered to dress up as Santa at Rike’s Department store downtown for one simple reason – it brought a smile to a child’s face.

That same passion for helping children was passed down to Greg’s father Roger who also dressed up as Santa to bring smiles to small faces. Roger Atkinson volunteered at Dayton Children’s as a greeter, and of course, Santa every Christmas. 

Roger volunteered for Dayton Children’s for years before passing away in 2004. His son Greg, wanted to pick up in his father’s – and grandfather’s – footsteps of bringing smiles to children.

“I wanted to do something to honor my father’s legacy of supporting Dayton Children’s,” Greg shares. “Dad believed this is a special place, and so do I.”

Greg decided to leave Dayton Children’s in his estate plans to honor his father. Planned gifts provided to Dayton Children’s are used for high-quality pediatric care, equipment and research to ensure the next generation of children treated at have the right care, right here at Dayton Children’s.

Ways you can leave a legacy at Dayton Children’s through a planned gift:

  • Bequest
  • Charitable gift annuity
  • Charitable remainder trust
  • Beneficiary designation of retirement plan assets
  • Gift of life insurance
  • Life estate in a residence or farm

To discuss what options might be most appropriate for your investment in Dayton Children’s contact Cate Berger, Planned Giving Officer at (937) 641-5962 or email


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