Bob Franz

Bob Franz

In his will, a Portland businessman has left $1 million for Blanchet House of Hospitality, the largest gift from an individual in the helping organization’s 64-year history. 

Bob Franz, graduate of Columbia Prep and the University of Notre Dame, died at age 92 in August. He is remembered as an astute business owner, a philanthropist and a loyal friend.  

Along with his sister, Elsie Franz Finley, he was a longtime supporter of Blanchet House and a friend of some of the Blanchet founding fathers, including Jim O’Hanlon, Gene Feltz and Danny Christianson. 

Franz believed in the mission of the Blanchet House, “to feed, clothe, and offer shelter and aid to those in need” and in turn left the organization a donation meant to help the organization care for Portland’s most vulnerable people for years to come.  

The $1 million will bolster the endowment fund.  

“Bob’s love for this organization and commitment to helping those in need rings loud and true. His legacy will forever be a part of the Blanchet House,” says Kelly Wetherald, development manager. “Here at the Blanchet House, we believe that the Holy Spirit watches over this organization. We are blanketed in love, support and encouragement daily, whether it be from our volunteers, our community partners, our legacy supporters, or our brand-new friends.”