Even after his death, Gene Feltz has been making a difference to CYO/Camp Howard through planned giving. A man of strong faith and enduring principles, he would distribute percentages of his donation budget to his favorite institutions which also included Blanchet House, Holy Family Parish, La Salle Prep and the University of Portland. After encountering the impacts of an earlier health incident, Gene began an early gifting program.

He started volunteer work soon after getting married. That volunteerism expanded significantly from the 1960s – 80s.

His family fondly recounts the annual Labor Day festivities at Camp Howard which became a wonderfully anticipated annual event for so many Catholic families. Those festive end-of-summer activities provided a good transition for the kids’ return back to school. Gene loved to lead the singing while making great memories possible for his entire family.

Gene’s family is proud of his accomplishments and has seen the meaning and impact of his donations to all of these institutions. All family members (including nine children) are emulating Gene’s giving, and his son manages the charitable trust Gene handed off at his passing. All of his kids played CYO sports with Gene always taking time from a busy work schedule to see at least a portion of their games. The kids continued sports into high school with some playing at the college level.

“I had a great respect for Gene Feltz and all he did during his life journey with respect to Catholic organizations,” says Sister Krista von Borstel, executive director of CYO/Camp Howard. “He had a very unique sense of humor and I truly enjoyed it.”

Regarding Gene’s giving, Sister Krista states, “The endowment gift Gene has made to CYO/Camp Howard is focused on facilities maintenance at Camp Howard. This fund will grow over time with the interest to be used as needed. After we complete the chapel/multipurpose building at Camp Howard, our goal is to build our endowment with the intent of sustaining the organization with solid financial support: an effective scholarship base and sufficient funds to maintain facilities.”

Our aspiration is that additional supporters will emulate Gene’s generous legacy gift to assist us in the critical effort of building our endowment to provide a secure and prosperous future for our organization, poised to thrive during the next 75 years of service to our youth, families and the broader community.

We are thankful to Gene and so blessed with his many years of meaningful giving.