Executor of Daisy Stacks’ Estate David Drake, previously the pastor at Jesus Christ Name Holiness Church in Leitchfield, recently presented donations totalling more than $600,000 to organizations benefitting children on the behalf of Stacks, his late cousin.
The first donation, worth $257,132, was presented to Kosair Children’s Hospital on Dec. 22, 2015. In recognition of Stack’s donation, Kosair dedicated a commemorative plaque in her honor in the hospital, Drake said.
Stephanie Ubelhart, Donor Relations coordinator for the Children’s Hospital Foundation and Norton Healthcare Foundation, said donations such as Stacks’ “can make such a remarkable difference for us and our patients.”
Stacks’ donation to Kosair will specifically benefit the hospital’s telecardiology program, which, through its 28 sites in Kentucky and Indiana, is capable of providing remote heart readings at patients’ homes, according to Ubelhart.
“We’re just very thankful for Daisy,” said Ubelhart.
To make a donation to Kosair Children’s Hospital, call the Children’s Hospital Foundation at 502-629-8060 or visit www.kosairchildrenshospital.com and click on “Ways to Help.”
The second donation, worth $256,632.03, was presented to Bob Brown, director of Planned Giving at Feed The Children, and Gary Sloan, Sr. Vice President of Domestic Operations/Program Development at Feed The Children, both of whom accepted on behalf of their organization, according to a news release.
The gift will continue to bless children and families around the world by helping Feed the Children provide food, necessities, water, disaster aid, health and education in the communities it serves around the world.
“It’s been a great honor to work with David Drake to bring this gift to fruition,” said Brown.
Stacks spent her life caring for others, and these donations will help Kosair Children’s Hospital and Feed the Children carry on her legacy, according to the release.
“She worked all of her life,” Drake said. “She was a hard worker.”
Stacks’ gifts were made in memory of her daughter, Nehoma Fleming, who passed away before Stacks’ death, Drake said.
At the end of Stacks’ service-filled life, all of her children had passed away, but she had accumulated a degree of wealth and wished to leave it to programs that would benefit children, according to Drake.
Drake, the executor of her Estate, visited Kosair on Dec. 22 and toured the facility. He also visited Feed the Children employees at their headquarters in Oklahoma City, OK, on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015.
“Daisy and Nehoma would be proud,” said Drake, of the donations. “I miss both of them. I always will.”