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Cortesios Put Time and Money Where Their Hearts Are

Cortesios Put Time and Money Where Their Hearts Are
For more than three decades, John and Barbara Cortesio have tirelessly supported Mercy Foundation and Bishop Drumm Retirement Center. With gifts for both organizations through their estate plan, the couple's legacy of generosity will continue long after their lifetimes.

The Cortesios came to Des Moines in 1965 when John began practicing law with Bradshaw, Fowler, Proctor & Fairgrave, P.C. He retired as a shareholder in July 2007, but continues to serve in an "of counsel" role. The couple raised four children who have blessed them with 11 grandchildren, and Barbara currently works as music director and liturgist for St. Augustin Church. "I've served in many roles through our church because that's where my heart is," she says.

The couple's faith, combined with their appreciation for the care and compassion of the Sisters of Mercy, keep their hearts close to Mercy Foundation and Bishop Drumm Retirement Center. Barbara joined the Mercy Guild in the early 1970s; she went on to serve on the first Mercy Foundation board as well as almost every lay hospital board."Mercy is a wonderful place to give time and effort in service-oriented volunteerism, and it has been educational for me as well," Barbara says.

John chaired the Bishop Drumm Retirement Center board after chairing the board of Drumm's Foundation, which eventually merged with Mercy Foundation. He later served as a member of the Mercy Foundation board as liaison for the Bishop Drumm Development Committee. John's mother was one of the first residents of Martina Place Assisted Living Residence. "With her experience, my attachment grew into a tremendous bond," John says. "Charitable contributions are critical to their continued success."

The couple's estate gifts are their way of "putting your money where your mouth is," as Barbara says. "We've seen at the grassroots level what fine facilities Mercy and Bishop Drumm are, and we want them to stay that way." To create your legacy through Mercy Foundation, contact Joan Bindel at (515) 643-8020 or jbindel@mercydesmoines.org.

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