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Dr. Antonio and Vonnie '97 Herrera: Legacy Through Their Will

Dr. Antonio and Vonnie '97 Herrera: Legacy Through Their Will
Vonnie Herrera can't remember the exact moment when she started giving back to Grand Valley. "We expected our community to give, so I adapted to that practice when I started working here." Forty-five years later, Vonnie is still giving back to the university. "Sometimes I'm drawn into a special project or campaign, and other times, I just want to make a thoughtful gift to a new scholarship."

After learning about the option of including Grand Valley in their estate plan, Vonnie and her husband Antonio knew they had to do it. It was natural for them to give back in this new way because of the immense support from the Grand Valley community the two of them had received in the past. "We have both worked at GVSU for many years and want to help others be recipients of the help Grand Valley provided for us."

It was six years ago when Vonnie and Antonio decided to leave their legacy in the form of an estate gift, and she encourages others to give in this way as well. "Leaving a planned gift is an opportunity to think about what you want to happen with your estate. I receive satisfaction knowing that our gift will help a student go to college."

Gifts like Vonnie and Antonio's help students who are on the margins of being able to pursue their dreams and go to Grand Valley. A gift of any size can help make a student's dream a reality. "By making a planned gift, I feel that I had a part in that."