Clearwater Marine Aquarium Receives Special Gift From Clearwater Beach Resident
(Left-right): CMA Director of Fundraising Lee Behensky, Chi Chi Rodriguez Foundation Executive Director Cary Stiff, Tom Bremer, and CMA CEO David Yates
CLEARWATER - Clearwater Beach resident Tom Bremer has decided to divide his assets and estate among his favorite charities, including: Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA), Chi Chi Rodriguez Foundation, the Wellness center at Morton Plant, the Southeastern Guide Dog School in Palmetto, and his hometown Johnstown Pennsylvania Nursing School. With Bremer's help, his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Harry Bremer, supported several local foundations during their lifetime. After facing an unexpected and serious surgery last year, Bremer decided he needed to get his affairs in order as his parents did. He turned to his friends, Gary Shellenberger (owner of Sand Dollar Services), and Cary Stiff (from the Chi Chi Rodriguez Foundation), to make sure his wishes were carried out. By creating a simple bequest, Bremer designated how he would like his assets and estate divided up among his favorite charities.
Bremer serves as an active member of the community as treasurer of a 465-member swim club, and as a member of the Clearwater Point Condo Association. He has made some major life changes since the surgery and credits the Wellness Center for his 75-pound weight loss over the last three years. He also says his daily four mile walks and his love of golf are keeping him in shape. Bremer is pleased to continue his family tradition of philanthropy. Tom would say that continuing the family tradition of giving is what makes him happy.
If you would like more information on how to make a planned gift or contact one of these charities, please call Lee Behensky with CMA at (727) 441-1790 ext. 233 or Cary Stiff with the Chi Chi Rodriguez Foundation at (727) 726-8829 ext. 202.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a Florida non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated to marine life rescue, rehabilitation and release, and environmental education. CMA is home to dolphins, sea turtles, river otters, stingrays, nurse sharks, and more.
Winter the dolphin's story of survival and inspiration has impacted millions of people around the world. A movie about her life story is in the works with Warner Bros.-based Alcon Entertainment. Her documentary, "Winter: The Dolphin That Could" is available at www.SeeWinter.com. The film takes viewers on an extraordinary journey through her rescue, fight to stay alive, and extensive rehabilitation. Scholastic published "Winter's Tail: How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again" in October 2009.
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