Helping to create a Jacksonville landmark

A trusted estate planning advisor to the Cummer family, John W. Donahoo was asked by the family to serve as the first chairman of the board of directors of the DeEtte Holden Cummer Museum Foundation. Established soon after Ninah Cummer’s death in 1958, the Foundation was named to honor her and her husband’s only child, who died soon after birth.

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Answering the call for education

In 1970, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church looked to establish a non-profit Christian school. The purpose of the school, located on church grounds, was to provide children in grades one through six, with the finest quality education and citizenship training. Thomas M. Donahoo was one of the founders and Trustees of the school, and under their guidance St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School opened in September of that year, with just one class for each grade, one through six.

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Shining the national spotlight on Jacksonville

In 2006, the City of Jacksonville hosted the first and second rounds of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Bill McMenamy, along with other volunteers from the Jacksonville community, assisted in the organization and running of this event, one of the most popular sporting events in the country.

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Bringing a community together for a cause

An important cause in Tommy Donahoo’s life, both personally and in the community, has been the establishment of the JT Townsend Trust. JT Townsend was a gifted athlete at Episcopal School of Jacksonville. In 2005, he was seriously injured in a football game. The outpouring of generosity from the community was so incredible that a trust was established for JT’s long-term benefit and care. Due to the Donahoo family’s long relationship with Episcopal, Tommy and the firm were asked to assist with the trust planning. Over the years, Tommy and a small group of trustees have assisted JT by providing a home, events and a support network.

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