Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OK Medical Research Foundation Receives Surprise Real Estate Gift Valued at $3 M

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OK Medical Research Foundation Receives Surprise Real Estate Gift Valued at $3 M

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In December, the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation completed a fund-raising campaign totaling $101 million - the largest in the OMRF's 58-year history.

The campaign began in late 1999 and it took five years of hard work and arm twisting for OMRF President J. Donald Capra, campaign chair H.E. Gene Rainbolt and other civic leaders to raise the money. More than 40,000 individuals and organizations made donations to the campaign.

But sometimes foundations like OMRF receive gifts from unexpected sources. That was the case this spring when OMRF became co-owner of a 3,000-acre track of land on Woods County and several smaller properties in Alva.

The properties are from the estate of Vera Mae Eversole, who died in 2003 at the age of 83. The OMRF receives half of her estate after the will was recently probated.

The foundation first learned of the gift in an unexpected letter from Edward Sutter, an Alva attorney representing Eversole's estate.

After receiving the letter, OMRF staff members searched their files but found no record of a Vera Mae Eversole. …

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