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Ray Robison

Bedford attorney Ray Robison is remembering his deceased parents by giving to the future of Lawrence County . Robison started an unrestricted fund in the name of Ralph W. “Shorty” and Bette R. Robison, in January.

Unrestricted funds are used to make grants for a variety of charitable purposes, explained Robison, a former member of the Board of Directors and the Grant Committee. That means that as needs change, funds can be redirected each year to meet them. Robison said that he chose to set up an undesignated fund for his parents because they had varying interests.

Bette Robison was a retired engineering technician for the Naval Surface Warfare Center-Crane and an active member of senior citizen groups in Bedford and Mitchell. She also was a member of the Altrusa Club of Bedford .

Ralph “Shorty” Robison was a truck driver and enjoyed outdoor activities like hunting and fishing. He passed away in 1995.

“I just thought now would be a good time to establish that fund in honor of them,” Robison said.

A matching contribution from Lilly Endowment Inc. will be added to the fund because of the GIFT V Challenge.

Robison said funds such as this one are in memory of someone’s life and at the same time provide resources to touch future lives. “It’s a way to honor my parents and I know the money will be there forever. It will be benefiting groups long after I’m gone,” Robison said.

“I just think it’s a nice way for people to honor their parents and grandparents.”

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