Laura Bozell '83 Gives Back With a Grateful Heart
"At age 47, I can look back and see that I was the luckiest kid alive," says Laura Bozell '83, reflecting on her high school years at Hathaway Brown. Perspective is everything. For Laura, just knowing what she had, and what she lost, gives her a great sense of appreciation for all that she has gained.
Laura grew up in what she describes as a "privileged" family; however, that quickly changed with her parents' divorce and the passing of her father. "While I was in high school, my family life was chaotic," Laura says. "Going to HB was a refuge because life there was consistent and transparent, and I craved that. I received a wonderful education and exposure to great people and friends."
Laura immersed herself in the opportunities and activities of HB. She was the president of the Order of Willing Service and recalls HB's annual carnival fundraiser as her first official philanthropic venture.
Today, Laura is senior account manager for charitable and endowment accounts at PNC Bank in Cleveland. She is a frequent volunteer and member of Ideastream, Cleveland's National Public Radio station, and a board member of Recovery Resources, Inc., a regional nonprofit organization that addresses issues of mental health, alcoholism and addiction in the Greater Cleveland area. Laura still relies on lessons learned at HB regarding service. "If you want to feel good, do good," she says.
Being a professional in the trust business also has helped Laura to realize the impact of charitable giving. "Everything I have received in my life is a gift, and today I feel incredibly grateful," says Laura, who is approaching her 30th reunion year at HB. "I believe in the mission of the school and that it is my responsibility to give back as much as I can."
Laura contributes regularly to the annual fund and also is providing for a future gift to HB through a bequest provision in her will. The gift, which places her in the Mary E. Raymond Legacy Society, is earmarked for the math department and commemorates Laura's favorite high school subject.
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