He Cared About Community. So He Gave.
William Russell lit up the world, literally. In 1886, he founded the Franklin Electric Light & Power Company to provide county residents with brightly lit streets.
Over 100 years later, William is still brightening Franklin County through a charitable trust. Established in 1921, the trust benefited family members and, at their passing, started gifting crucial support to Franklin County Public Hospital for the health and well-being of the community.
Thanks to his thoughtfulness, since 1971 the William D. Russell trust has provided over $400,000 in support to what is today Baystate Franklin Medical Center.
William’s daughter, Janet Russell, proudly carried on her father’s legacy of giving back to the community through active volunteer leadership and service. A member of the hospital’s Board of Directors for 29 years and a member of the volunteer auxiliary known as the Board of Organized Work for 40 years, Janet gave thousands of hours of her time as a volunteer to sustain and improve Baystate Franklin.
More than 80 years after his death, William is still using his philanthropy to improve the quality of healthcare for the people of Franklin County. Gifts from his charitable trust helped fund the recent Surgery Modernization Project, which opened summer 2016 and replaced the existing surgical suite with four new, larger state-of-the-art operating rooms and patient-care areas.
We are so thankful for the many ways the Russell family continues to brighten the future for lifesaving and life-changing care at Baystate Franklin with this legacy gift.
The Russells created their legacy by bringing light to the need for volunteers and community support to keep a community hospital strong and vital. What will your legacy be? For more information, contact Kylie Johnson at 413-794-7789 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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