Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

My gift. My way.

Christina “Chris” Toro ’89Christina “Chris” Toro ’89

Associate director, Office of Leadership Giving, MIT

Board member, Countryside Children’s Center, Newton, Mass.

Married to Bonnie Leonard for eight years; mother of two

“I have always felt grateful for my Wheaton education and knew that I wanted to give back in a significant way. Before I entered my first year at Wheaton, my mom insisted that I try to repay, in the form of philanthropy, the financial aid assistance that I received. By making a legacy gift in support of scholarships, I can honor my mom as well as help future generations of Wheaton students. This decision is more emotional than practical for me. I’m a great believer in a liberal arts education and Wheaton’s mission. As a graduate of the Class of 1989, I want to make a statement that my time at Wheaton was nurturing yet academically challenging, and that it prepared me for life beyond the Dimple.”

Your gift. Your way.

Learn how you can give for the future right now. Call the Office of Gift Planning at 508-286-3459 or online at wheatoncollege.edu/gift-planning.

David Marshall photo

My gift. My way.

Helen Brown Leaman ’57Helen Brown Leaman ’57

Former president of Waynesborough Country Club, Paoli, Pa.

Volunteer for Elwyn, Inc., a human services organization 

Torch bearer, 2002 Olympics

Married to Richard Leaman Jr. for 55 years; mother of two; grandmother of six

“Wheaton has blessed my life in so many ways. It provided an environment that allowed me to be myself, and to get to know my professors and fellow students. Its uniqueness served as an incubator for learning, exploring and growing, and for developing treasured, lifelong friends. So, in considering ways to pay tribute to the college, my husband and I chose to establish an endowed scholarship in honor of my history professor, Nancy Norton. In the classroom, she demanded a great deal from us, but she made learning American history fun. And her eyes twinkled when she was playing tennis, cheering on the Red Sox, or just being the wonderful human being that she was. Today Wheaton is an extraordinary place, offering unlimited opportunities for learning. It is a privilege for us to support future generations by establishing the Nancy Norton Endowed Scholarship through our estate plan and by contributing now to an annual Wheaton Fund scholarship.”

Your gift. Your way.

Learn how you can give for the future right now. Call the Office of Gift Planning at 508-286-3459 or visit wheatoncollege.edu/gift-planning.

Photo by Hunter Martin

My gift. My way.

My gift. My way.

Margit Bliss Orange ’57

Retired testing specialist

Austin Area League of Women Voters member

Married to Arnold Orange for 28 years; mother, grandmother

“In May, I will attend my 55th Reunion. As I look forward to renewing friendships with former classmates and getting another glimpse of today’s campus and students, I’m more aware than ever of the importance of supporting Wheaton. I want to make sure that others get an opportunity to have the wonderful experience I had. With the access to educational loans being reduced because of the economy, my husband, Arnie, and I are very aware of the critical need for financial aid in order for Wheaton to recruit and retain highly qualified students with a variety of backgrounds and experiences. So we decided to contribute by pledging funds over the next five years for a Wheaton Fund scholarship and by establishing an endowed scholarship through a bequest. It’s great to know that the scholarships we support will help the promising students who otherwise might not have access to a Wheaton education.”

Learn how you can give for the future right now. Call the Office of Gift Planning at 508-286-3459 or online at wheatoncollege.edu/gift-planning