In 2009, Paul Fruitt and his late wife Myrna moved to NewBridge on the Charles in seek of a hassle-free style of living. What they found surpassed their expectations.
"There's so much to do and so many conveniences, but the best part of living here is the people," says Paul. "When my wife died in 2014, the community was so supportive, kind and warm-hearted."
Recently, Paul decided to give back to the community that has given so much to him and Myrna. He made a generous bequest to Hebrew SeniorLife, which will benefit NewBridge. The gift will come from the couple’s NewBridge entrance fee, part of which will be donated back to HSL from Paul’s estate.
"NewBridge has been the center of our lives for the last six years. I wanted to have a lasting impact for the betterment of the community," Paul described. Part of his gift will establish an endowment in memory of Myrna to support entertain¬ment programs at NewBridge. The arts were very important to Myrna, who began painting when she was almost 40 and became an accomplished artist over the next four decades.
The larger part of the gift will be used to pay down the New¬Bridge mortgage. Paul brought a business perspective to his philanthropy: He was Vice President of Corporate Planning at the Gillette Company before retiring in 1996, and spent several years on NewBridge finance committee. "Directing my gift in this way means that not only is the mortgage itself reduced, but it also lowers the amount of interest every year going forward – it's not just a one-shot deal," he explains.
Paul says, "NewBridge has been such a good place for us. I hope that this gift can inspire others to find a way to give back that is in line with their own interests."
If you are a NewBridge on the Charles or Orchard Cove resident and you’d like to explore donating a portion of your entrance fee, contact Teresa Lisek at (617) 971-5788 or TeresaVLisek@hsl.harvard.edu.