Magazine article American Forests

Matthew Boyer, Vice President of Individual Giving

Magazine article American Forests

Matthew Boyer, Vice President of Individual Giving

Article excerpt

TWO YEARS AGO, I received a phone call from American Forests' former board chair, Lynda Webster. Her husband, Judge William H. Webster, was turning 90 years old, and she wanted to celebrate this incredible milestone.

Judge Webster has had a very distinguished career. Among his long list of accomplishments, he is the only American to serve as both the director of the CIA and the FBI. As you can imagine, his list of friends is long, and his family consists of many. Lynda wanted to honor Judge Webster's birthday but also pay tribute to his very special friends and family.

The Websters love trees, and Judge Webster is very proud of his hometown of Webster Groves, Mo. So, planting trees through American Forests in Judge Webster's childhood home seemed like the perfect tribute. Lynda made a very generous contribution to pay for the trees, and American Forests' program team got to work managing the logistics. Lynda sent a letter to Judge Webster's closest friends and family letting them know of the birthday gift. …

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