Generosity As A Way of Life
For Rancho Santa Fe residents Jere and Joyce Oren, philanthropy isn't just a word, it's a way of life.
"My idea of philanthropy is to give it all away," said Mr. Oren. "I feel like if I can do something to help someone else, then that's what I should do."
The Orens recently established a charitable gift annuity in the amount of $100,000 designated for the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children's Hospital – San Diego. The Peckham Center offers the full range of clinical services, as well as psychosocial programs and resources, to help patients and their families.
Last year, the Peckham Center attended to more than 15,400 visits at the Carley Copley Outpatient Clinic, cared for 200 new cancer patients, performed nearly 30 bone marrow transplants and conducted more than 64 clinical research studies, including 40 clinical treatment trials.
By establishing a charitable gift annuity, the Orens receive income from the gift for the rest of their lives, after which the remainder of the annuity transfers to Rady Children's.
Mr. Oren said that when his daughter was little, she was treated for a staph infection at Boston Children's. He recalls how impressed he was by the hospital's dedication to children. His gift to Rady Children's is his way of giving back to pediatric medicine.
Originally from the Boston area, Mr. Oren was in the insurance business before moving to Hawaii where he began a career in real estate. Love brought him to Rancho Santa Fe in 1979, where he continued to work in real estate.
Today, the Orens are avid travelers and remain active in the Rancho Santa Fe community. They are very involved with the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club and the Village Church. Additionally, Mr. Oren has volunteered at Scripps Memorial Hospital for more than 30 years.
Through his generosity, Mr. Oren is doing his part to take care of things for San Diego's children and leaving a ripe legacy for the future.
"I wanted to do it now," Mr. Oren said, "and enjoy the thrill of seeing others enjoy the fruits of my labor."