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|Late Couple Leaves Abingdon Organizations $1.7 Million
|FIRST REPORTED 12:00 p.m. 6/22/10 Good news prevailed at the Abingdon City Council meeting, and it had nothing to do with something the mayor or aldermen did.
The meeting Monday night was used to announce several bequests made by the late Fred and Yvonne Zimmer, who spent most of their lives in Abingdon before he passed away in 2002. The couple was very generous in the past, giving money to the city and the school district. District 217 in 2001 named the Zimmer Fitness Center after the Zimmer Family.
Attorney Robert Noe with a Moline-based firm that represented the Zimmers during their lifetimes, told a huge gathering at Abingdon City Hall that the couple left large amounts of money to several entities in town.
"We'll be distributing out of their Zimmer Trust approximately $1.7 million to organizations in Abingdon," Noe said. "That's a significant help I think to a lot a lot of very worthy organizations, including the Abingdon School District, the City of Abingdon, John Mosser Library, the Abingdon Historical Society, the Abingdon Fire Protection District."
The school district is getting $300,000 -- $50,000 for the athletic boosters and the rest to upgrade computers and technology. The Abingdon School Foundation and John Mosser Library are receiving at least $400,000 apiece, the city gets $125,000 for a new senior van and for upgrades to the parks system, the fire department is receiving $100,000 and the Abingdon Historical Society is in line for $50,000.
Other distributions include $50,000 apiece for the Abingdon Rotary and Kiwanis clubs and $25,000 each for five churches in the city.
Noe said the Zimmers loved Abingdon, where they were business owners, and they wanted to make it a better place to live through their gifts. He said the couple was very quiet about their generosity.
Attorney Robert Noe of Bozeman, Neibhbour, Patton & Noe, LLP in Moline discusses the Zimmer Trust distributions during Monday night's Abingdon City Council meeting
A large crowd attends the Abingdon City Council meeting to hear the beneficiaries of the Zimmer Trust announced Monday night
A photo of the late Fred and Yvonne Zimmer, who left $1.7 million to various Abingdon organizations through a trust fund they established
(WGIL News Story and Photos by Mike Perry)
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