Circle of Friends recently received a generous $500,000 donation from a longtime friend and client of the Keen family, founders of the nonprofit. As part of her will, Mary Ann Crowe (1940-2022) of Alpharetta left the organization this sizable gift to be used to enhance the lives of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through the expansion of the team and programs that directly impact this population.
Founders Glenn and Diane Keen share mixed emotions about the generous gift.
“My family has known Mary Ann for over 30 years, first as a client of my father’s in the 1980s and then as a client of mine at Keen & Co.,” Glenn said. “Getting to plan with her to do the things she wanted before she passed was eerie on one hand, but so encouraging on the other.”
According to Diane, “While seeing her last days was hard to accept, we’re grateful for her heart and are thankful for how we got to walk hand in hand with her. She was such a joy in life, and her gifts are allowing others to experience the same.”
Mary Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Crowe, a retired Delta pilot. Mary Ann also gave to other organizations that were near to her heart, including Phi Mu sorority, of which she was a member for more than 60 years, and Angel Flight, a program in which volunteer pilots serve the medically in-need community.
Mary Ann often could be found at the golf course and tennis courts, as she was a year-round Atlanta Lawn Tennis Association tennis player into her later years. Fitness was important to her, and much of her social life revolved around those she played with, especially from Webb Bridge Park.
To celebrate her legacy, a group of faithful volunteers, chaired by Gina Ulicny, has organized the first Mary Ann Crowe To Serve With Love charity tennis fundraiser to benefit Circle of Friends. The event is set for Sept. 8 at Cherokee Tennis Center in Woodstock. Head pro Cameron Leslie is assisting in the round-robin format, with generous prizes for winners. To register a team and participate, visit www.CircleOfFriendsInc.org/Tennis.
– Submitted by Circle of Friends