Raymond Wilhide, Jr. passed away in 2007, but this year he found homes for hundreds of York’s furry friends.
Just a month prior to his death Ray told Robert Katherman, his attorney, that he wanted to establish the Raymond L. Wilhide Jr. Endowment Fund "to continue his late father’s tradition of giving to the Benevolent Association and to memorialize his late mother’s love of animals.” According to those who knew him, Mr. Wilhide was an unpretentious, regular guy, very much the true philanthropist next door.
“It was a very generous gift to the York County SPCA, and the timing could not have been better,” Melissa Smith, the organization’s executive director, told the Business Journal. The Fund supports the shelter’s operating costs.
Jack Barbor, president of the Benevolent Association’s board of managers, told the York Daily Record that the funds “will provide food and heat to people in need.” He said the funds were a blessing, especially as the cost of heating rises.
A designated fund helps strengthen York County by providing support to its nonprofit community. When you designate your favorite charity as part of your legacy of giving, you fulfill your own charitable passions while helping to create a vibrant York County.