The Richard C. Woltmann Endowment

Announcing the Richard C. Woltmann Endowment

Please consider joining us as we honor the difference that Dick Woltmann has made in the fight for legal aid through his 43-year leadership of Bay Area Legal Services' mission. 

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Dick Woltmann

Make A Contribution: Your Gift Will Be Matched 3:1

To honor Dick’s career-long commitment to legal aid, Bay Area Legal Services aims to establish its newest endowment — The Richard C. Woltmann Endowment, held at The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay.

In November 2023, a longtime Bay Area Legal supporter, who wishes to remain anonymous, announced his intent to contribute up to $500,000 in appreciated securities to open an endowment in honor of Dick. His challenge is to cumulatively raise $167,000 toward the endowment, which the donor will then match 3:1!

The endowment will support the many comprehensive legal programs Dick oversaw in his 43-year tenure as Bay Area Legal’s President/CEO. The idea of this endowment comes on the heels of Dick’s retirement announcement. After 47-years at Bay Area Legal, 43 of those years serving as President/CEO, he will enter into his next chapter.

We hope you will join this monumental initiative, as the impact from your contribution will not only be quadrupled, but it will serve forever as a symbol of hope, and ensure that Bay Area Legal’s critical work remains a community resource now and for generations to come.

Our Proud Recognition

When you make a gift to the endowment before December 31, 2024, your name will be added to a commemorative plaque at Bay Area Legal Services' HQ office in Ybor in honor of Dick. You will also be listed on our website, in our impact report, and at our annual Champions for Justice Donor Appreciation Event.

There is no finer person than Dick – with his compassion, common sense, vision, professionalism, and dedication – who could have managed and grown this agency.

Please join me in doing our part to recognize a true gem of our community in a way that will continue to advance his efforts for years to come. Thank you for your past support, and especially now, for keeping Dick’s vision and hard work alive through your commitment to Dick’s endowment."

Anonymous Endowment Founding Donor

Pledged to Match Up to $500,000

Richard C. Woltmann Endowment Donors

Donors who contribute $500+ to the endowment will receive plaque recognition in the Richard C. Woltmann Conference Room.

$10,000 and Greater

  • Anonymous Endowment Founding Donor
  • Michael A. Bedke and Rachelle D. Bedke
  • Karen M. Buesing and Robert H. Buesing
  • R. Thomas Elligett, Jr.
  • Kimbel L. Merlin and William F. Merlin, Jr.

$5,000 - $9,999

  • Stephen R. Burtt
  • Gwynne A. Young

$2,500 - $4,999

  • Angela P. Bryant
  • Harley E. Riedel II

$1,000 - $2,499

  • Robert S. Bolt and Nancy W. Bolt
  • Luis A. Cabassa
  • Carlton Fields
  • Fay Servicing, LLC
  • Gilbert Garcia Group, P.A.
  • George F. Gramling III
  • Shannon R. Johnston
  • Charles F. Ketchey, Jr.
  • Scott A. Stichter

$500 - $999

  • Rosemary E. Armstrong and Morris Weinberg, Jr.
  • Sarah M. Baggett
  • Dionne M. Blaesing
  • Joan C. Boles
  • William B. Demeza
  • Richard A. Gilbert
  • Vivian Cortes Hodz
  • Kathleen Kloiber Koch
  • J.P. LaCasse
  • William R. Lewis and U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor
  • Evan M. Malloy
  • The Bill McBride Family
  • Attorney General Ashley Moody
  • Ronald L. Roodhouse, Jr. 
  • Brian D. Rubenstein
  • L. Casey Shear
  • The Honorable Robert J. Simms Memorial Fund
  • Guilene F. Theodore and Charmant Theodore
  • Edward M. Waller, Jr. and Laura R. Waller

Additional Contributors

  • Arbitration and Mediation for Florida, LLC
  • Claire B. Carraway and J. Frazier Carraway
  • Megan J. Ellis
  • Hon. Donald C. Evans
  • Anna Frederiksen-Cherry
  • Susan G. Johnson
  • Amy K. Jones
  • Hon. Catherine Peek McEwen
  • Amy A. Meyers
  • Stewart O. Olson
  • Lara J. Peppard
  • David W. Persky
  • Col. DJ Reyes
  • Steven Rubin
  • Marc H. Salton
  • Martin S. Shelby
  • Kenneth E. Thornton
  • Sylvia H. Walbolt
  • Crystal T. Whitescarver
Dick Woltmann's Retirement Video

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