The legacy of Linda Klitch continues.
In addition to more than 100 close friends and family members who attended the celebration of life for the late Peace Arch News publisher at Hazelmere Golf Club Saturday morning, hundreds more – among them many Black Press colleagues, local politicians, representatives of service and charitable organizations and others from the community – came to pay their respects.
Many picked up information and forms for the legacy fund established in memory of Klitch, who passed away suddenly Sept. 26 following complications from surgery for a benign tumour.
Debbie Magson, who is administering the fund through the White Rock South Surrey Community Foundation, said Monday that even though the fund has just been established, “a couple thousand dollars” in donations have already been received.
“We’re just starting to get a momentum,” she said, adding there has been “a steady stream of inquiries” about the fund.
“I had an email this morning from a community member who asked to pick up 10 legacy-fund forms,” she said.
“From my experience administering a number of memorial funds, it’s usually within the first month that it really gets going.”
Magson said that the beneficiaries of the legacy fund are yet to be decided.
“It’s got to be discussed further with Linda’s family, but I think it’s likely it will benefit a number of charitable causes in the community that were near and dear to her heart.”
Magson said there have also been suggestions such as establishing an annual fundraiser for the legacy.
“There are all sorts of ideas in the air. It’s a matter of sitting down, discussing all the ideas, putting them together and formulating a plan,” she said.