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p alm Beach visitors since childhood, Betsy and Wally Turner, brushed the dust of 10 years in New York City off their shoes and for permanent palm trees and sandy beaches nearly 20 years ago. Today, Besty, a money manager, and Wally a senior global advisor, somehow both still fi nd time to give back in numerous ways to the community, from the Boys & Girls Club to the Red Cross. What brought you to Palm Beach? BT: When a business opportunity presented itself, we thought why not. If we did not like it, we would move back to the city. I can't say we never looked back, but it has been a great place to live. At the time, many of our friends thought we were a little crazy, but now they are wishing they had followed our lead. Tell us about your professional careers. BT: Although Palm Beach has the feel of a resort com munity, there is also a thriving professional commu nity. Obviously, technology and lifestyle have been instru mental in this growth. I manage money for private wealth for Northern Trust Bank in Palm Beach. Prior to that, I was a partner in an asset management fi rm in West Palm Beach. This is a varied business community with entrepreneurs, doctors, lawyers and even farmers. WT: I am senior global advisor for Sotheby's International Realty. I represent buyers and sellers in Palm Beach and consult on real estate worldwide. I love what I do. Living and working in Palm Beach is wonderful. I have some of the most fascinating and accomplished people as clients. You are both involved in quite a number of charities. Tell us about the organizations you volunteer with. BT: Although not in Palm Beach, a big part of my phil- anthropic eff orts is being board chair of the Madeira School in McLean, Va., for the last three years. It has been one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences. Managing money is very diff erent than managing a school. One thing that is not diff erent is the need for a vision and superior execution in order to be competitive. Education is evolving. Technology has changed the manner in which students learn today. Students taking notes while the teacher stands in front of the room is not the only way to teach anymore. I am proud to say that in the last few years, we have renovated dorms and facilities, and installed geothermal heating and cooling without taking on debt. It is exciting to see the girls being off ered the present day version of my own excellent education. What has not changed is the lifelong friendships and the tools gained. In addition I am vice chair and allocation panel chair of the Hospice Foundation of Palm Beach County. My mother received home care and passed away in the hospice center in West Palm Beach. Many communities do not have a dedicated facility for care; Palm Beach is fortunate to have had some early supporters who saw the need. WT: I joined the board of directors for Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County 16 years ago and have served as its chairman for more than 12 years. My philanthropic interests have been mostly centered on low-income youth. My initial experience was in New York as a director of Youth Counseling League, Inc. Believe it or not, Palm Beach County has tremendous crime and poverty. As such, it has a huge population of un- derserved children. The county is geographically im mense. In addition, I have served as director to the Town of Palm Beach United Way for many years. Also, I'm on the board for the American Red Cross, and I am head usher of my church, the Episcopal Church of Bethesda by the Sea. I formerly served on the vestry. Finally, through a charitable foundation that Besty and I have started, we help 30 organizations around Palm Beach and in New York. Has the Palm Beach community always been very active with nonprofi ts? BT: It has always been a philanthropic community. What has changed over time is the increased focus on local or- gan izations. National organizations such as the Heart Asso- ciation and American Red Cross remain entrenched in the community, but organizations that serve Palm Beach County are garnering greater support because the money stays here. What greater reward for a donor or volunteer than to see the immediate impact of their gift or time? What do you like to do when you aren't working or volunteering? BT: Wally and I like to travel. We spent our 25th anniversary in Marrakesh, a few weeks in Israel and October in New York. Although we never like to see a vacation end, we are really fortunate to have this place to return to. Betsy and Wally Turner The busy New York transplants are giving back to charities near and dear to their hearts in a big way from their home in Palm Beach. Living and working in Palm Beach is wonderful . I have some of the most fascinating and accomplished clients. FACES OF PHILANTHROPY [ ] 124

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