Profiles in Philanthropy: Dr. Carl and Mrs. Virginia Scheetz
Dr. Carl and Mrs. Virginia Scheetz’s involvement with United Methodist Communities has always been a family affair. The pair grew up in Glassboro, New Jersey, and attended school together from kindergarten through college.
Virginia, a lifelong United Methodist, followed in her mother’s footsteps early on and supported the Church’s various ministries, including the Methodist Hospital in Philadelphia. Since their marriage, Carl became acquainted with United Methodist Communities through church activities. They participated in Richwood United Methodist Church’s annual Mother’s Day fundraisers for United Methodist Communities, a tradition many churches in Greater New Jersey continue today.
Both had a parent live at United Methodist Communities at The Shores. Virginia’s mother, formerly a resident at the Wesley Homestead, moved into the newly reopened and renamed The Shores at Wesley Manor, upon completion of the first construction phase. She was the second Homestead resident to move there in December 1995. Shortly thereafter, Carl’s father also became a resident.
The Scheetz family has financially supported United Methodist Communities for many decades. During the Centennial Campaign, their daughter, Staci Scheetz; son-in-law, Robert Uyehara, Jr.; and their young granddaughter Virginia Scheetz Uyehara; seized a donor naming opportunity for The Shores’ beauty salon. In keeping with the name the young Virginia had adopted for her grandmother, it became Gigi’s Salon, honoring both grandparents.
As legacy donors, Carl and Virginia are also members of the United Methodist Communities’ Wesleyan Society. Virginia explains, “Our parents received excellent care here, and we felt it was right to do our part to ensure residents and future residents can receive that same level of care.”
In fact, they look forward to eventually becoming residents of The Shores. When that day comes, it will surely be the start of a new, exciting chapter in their remarkable relationship with United Methodist Communities.
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