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/ Whitworth Today

When Eric Klicker, '18, chose to attend Whitworth, his parents, Kirk and Nancy, felt good about his decision. But they had little idea of the impact it would have on him – and them. "From the beginning of his freshman year, our son has made authentic friendships with an amazing group of young men," Nancy says. "These relationships have allowed him to grow in his faith, character and love of his Whitworth experience."

The family owns Klicker's Strawberry Acres, a Walla Walla farm that is known regionally for producing some of the most flavorful strawberries available. Their business is committed to providing opportunities for local youth, and their employees become family. And they found that same commitment in Whitworth. "The sense of value and community we experienced from Eric's first day on campus was appealing," Kirk says. "We have seen nothing less as the years have progressed. Even though we are not alumni, we are welcomed into the Whitworth family as if we were."

So when the Klickers heard about Whitworth's Legacy Challenge, they knew it was a good fit for their own philanthropy. Trustee Walt Oliver, '67, and his wife, Kay, have set up a $500,000 matching fund to encourage members of the Whitworth family to include the university in their estate plans. The Olivers will contribute a gift now to support a strategic campaign objective in honor of each future gift reported.

"We are giving because we observed and experienced a university that is welcoming to parents and actively investing in every student," Nancy says. "Sending our children to college leaves us cash-short at this stage of our lives. However, we felt that by including Whitworth in our estate, we could let the university know how much we appreciate the active investment they are making in our son's life."



















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