A Tribute to Natalie
Mary Jo Menzies wants her 16-year-old daughter Natalie, who died in a car accident in February of 2010, to be remembered. To honor, celebrate and remember Natalie's beautiful spirit and life, Mary Jo established the Natalie Kate Bolin Forever Fund within Mercy Health Foundation. "Natalie smiled as if it were her purpose in life and those closest to her knew that, in fact, it was as if she successfully and repeatedly passed that smile on every day," Mary Jo said.
Natalie was an accomplished athlete who competed with the Oshkosh YMCA swim team at the national level and was named the 2009 Swimmer of the Year at Oshkosh West High School. She also loved soccer, tennis, piano, singing, snowboarding, special times with family and friends, and volunteering at Mercy Medical Center. Natalie loved to help people and cheerfully transported patients to doctor's visits, tests and treatment.
By creating an Unrestricted Donor Advised Permanent Endowment Fund, Mary Jo is able to personally recommend use of the interest and dividends the fund earns to projects that reflect Natalie's joy in life and special passions. For the first project of the Natalie Kate Bolin Forever Fund, Mary Jo brought together Natalie's ties to both her school and Mercy by establishing the Natalie Kate Bolin Mercy Student Volunteer Scholarship Award. It recognizes a graduating Oshkosh West senior who is also an exemplary volunteer at Mercy. Mary Jo and daughters Stephanie and Leah presented the first scholarship to Morgan Zuleger at West's spring awards night on May 27, 2010 in tribute to Natalie. "I knew how much Natalie had grown to appreciate the opportunity to volunteer and work with people. It was a valuable experience for her and I wanted to encourage others to give back to the community," Mary Jo said.