Forward Thinking Young Alumni Invest in OC

Will Blanchard (07)

Planned giving is not always a hot topic for OC’s young alumni, especially for those fresh off the graduation stage. 

For OC graduates Barry (10) and Jill (Newell 09) Kelley, however, the timing could not be better to get a jumpstart on giving back to their alma mater. Still in their early 20s, the Kelleys have already made substantial strides. 

Barry’s company, Elite Mobile Wash Systems (, which he started as a student in 2006, has grown from a small operation serving only two clients into a lucrative business serving more than 200.

Barry and Jill found great benefit in their OC experience, including finding each other. The two met and married at OC.

The Kelleys recognize that the vibrancy of Oklahoma Christian 60 to 70 years from now depends on generous and creative gift planning today. Knowing this, they have already made a bequest through their estate plan that will fund an endowed scholarship at the end of their lifetimes. 

“While we could not make a large gift right now, we can make sure that a portion of our estate goes to support the university we love when we have both passed from this life,” Barry said. “We’d love to help encourage anyone else to take advantage of this opportunity in any way we can.”

Like many OC alumni and friends, the Kelleys are taking advantage of a generous matching pledge, which is serving to double all deferred gifts made before December 31. Their bequest, when realized, will be matched dollar-for-dollar.

The Kelleys’ gift is a meaningful testament to the excellent student experience still alive at OC, and illustrates that powerful planned giving does not have to wait until our golden years. 

For more information on unique planned and estate gift matching gift opportunities, contact OC’s Office for Planned and Estate Giving at (405) 425-5112.

Fall 2010

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