A Veteran's Promise Fulfilled
Charles Perko admits that he's always had a special place in his heart for hospitals—from the time he was an injured WWII soldier to his more recent experiences at Overlook.
"I promised myself that I would pass something along to a hospital if I had the means," commented Mr. Perko.
This year, Overlook Hospital Foundation will be the beneficiary of a third charitable gift annuity created by the Westfield resident. A charitable gift annuity is a gift that produces income for life for one or two people, usually at rates of return much higher than certificates of deposit.
Born in New York City in 1922, Charles Perko earned a degree in chemical engineering and, like other men of his generation, was promptly dispatched to the war raging in Europe.While serving in the infantry, Charles was injured from shrapnel from a mortar shell and hospitalized in a small village outside of Paris.There, in a ward filled with other wounded soldiers, he witnessed firsthand the compassionate care and lifesaving talents of the hospital's doctors and nurses. It left a lasting impression.
Years later, the WWII veteran and Merck retiree, got a favorable firsthand impression of the staff, facilities and technology at Overlook— accompanying his sister to the Emergency Department in the middle of the night, visiting friends who were patients, and touring the hospital's CyberKnife radiosurgery system.
"With Overlook in my backyard, I continue to have a good feeling about hospitals," said Charles.
Like Charles Perko, you, too, can make a difference at Overlook. When you're ready, please give us a call at (908) 522-2181.
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