Bethesda Donor Al Troyke to Receive Statewide Recognition

Bethesda Donor Al Troyke to Receive Statewide Recognition

Honor to be presented Nov. 13, on National Philanthropy Day

(Watertown, Wis.) – Bethesda, a nonprofit organization that supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is pleased to announce one of its longtime donors, Al Troyke, will posthumously receive the Leave a Legacy Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Southeastern Wisconsin (AFPSE). The award will be given for his unwavering commitment to the community through a documented planned gift.

AFPSE will recognize Troyke along with several more honorees at the 40th annual National Philanthropy Day Celebration on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee.

“Al was one of the most selfless donors Bethesda has been blessed to know, and he demonstrated his love for Bethesda’s mission through a lifetime of support,” said Katey Higgins, development director for Bethesda. “He gave generously through gifts of stock, cash and gift annuities to help make a difference in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. After his passing this year at age 97, he left a truly transformative legacy gift to Bethesda.”

Troyke made a career as an executive in finance and accounting for AT&T in New York and New Jersey. Troyke and his late wife, Laura, had two daughters, one born with disabilities. To support their daughter’s development, they had heard of Bethesda and knew it would be the perfect place for their daughter. She came to Bethesda in 1966 and soon after their daughter found a home, Troyke and his wife relocated to Chicago, where Troyke continued to work for AT&T, and then finally to the Watertown area, where they visited their daughter regularly.

Through the years, Troyke gave of his time and talents. He volunteered with the parent group and many other opportunities within the organization, including delivering mail to people supported at Bethesda. By all accounts, he lived a very simple, frugal lifestyle and gave all he had to help enrich the lives of those in his community.

“National Philanthropy Day is the day we recognize and pay tribute to the contributions that philanthropy –  and philanthropists – have made to our communities,” said Higgins. “Al continued to leave a lasting impression on all who knew him until his passing. This world was blessed to have 97 years of Al Troyke in it, and his pure loving, giving and grateful attitude will continue to inspire me as well as many others for years to come. I can’t think of a more deserving person to receive AFPSE’s Leave a Legacy Award.”

For more information about the 40th Annual National Philanthropy Day celebration, visit

About the Association of Fundraising Professionals
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is the professional association of individuals and organizations that generate philanthropic support for a wide variety of charitable institutions. Founded in 1960, AFP advances philanthropy through its 33,000 members in more than 244 chapters throughout the world. AFP chapters throughout the U.S. and Canada will celebrate National Philanthropy Day in November. The Southeastern Wisconsin National Philanthropy Day event is one of the largest in the nation, with over 600 guests anticipated.

About Bethesda

Headquartered in Watertown, Wis., Bethesda is a national Christian organization, providing homes and other services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1904. Bethesda strives to become a central point of connection that unites people who have disabilities with communities and provides essential resources to help them live their lives to the fullest through more than 300 programs across the country. For more information, go to, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.