Ron and Marcia Stone have made children a central part of their lives for a combined total of more than seventy years. The Stones have been professional educators in the state of Florida since 1970 and here in Pinellas County since 1978. They have committed their entire professional careers to helping children and families - many with critical illnesses that have been treated by the incredible staff at ACH. "Having experienced firsthand the trauma of having a critically ill child and grandchild, we know and understand the value of a children's hospital. We want all parents to feel the security of knowing that there is a hospital and medical professionals to offer the very best for their child."
It only seemed fitting that both of them should become actively involved with the "Dream Builders" program at All Children's Hospital. Ron, who recently retired from the School Board of Pinellas County as the Associate Superintendent for Human Resources, served for five years on the Board of Trustees for All Children's Hospital from 1990-95. "When I was asked to serve on the Board of Trustees, I was both flattered and confused. Typically educators don't have the personal financial resources to support an organization as important to the community as All Children's." Nevertheless, as a member of the Board, he and Marcia made a financial commitment to name ACH as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy that was part of the hospital's planned giving program. Ron also was actively involved with the decision to build the current Ronald McDonald House while he was on the Board. In addition to the "Dream Builders" program, he also continued to dedicate all of the honoraria he received for his state and national conference speaking engagements to the hospital's efforts.
Marcia, who retired as an elementary principal in Pinellas County in 2009 has been a longtime member and past President of the All Children's Hospital Guild Seminole/Largo Branch, a fundraising organization that provides significant financial resource to the hospital every year. "Instilling the value of giving back to the community has been a priority for our family," Marcia states. As a result, their daughters Tara Burke and Mandy Zeigler have continued the family tradition by joining the Seminole/Largo Branch of the Guild and taking an active part in the outstanding efforts of ACH. Tara, their oldest daughter, is also a past President of the chapter. Many of the children at Marcia's school, Cross Bayou Elementary School, received services from ACH so Marcia has always maintained an awareness of the critical mission ACH plays in our community. She has always made ACH a priority in her personal and professional life.