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$1.6 million gift announced for children’s education in eastern Jackson County

Updated: 2013-11-16T02:38:34Z

The Truman Heartland Community Foundation on Friday announced its largest gift ever from an individual donor.

The $1.6 million gift, from the late orthopedic surgeon Carl Jelley, establishes the Jelley Family Foundation and will generate about $80,000 a year for children’s education programs in eastern Jackson County. The Independence-based Truman foundation will make the first grants next year.

Jelley, described by friends as a lifelong learner with a passion for the welfare of children, had served in many volunteer capacities since retiring from private practice in 1999.

Jelley, who lived in Blue Springs, died in May at age 69.

| Ben Palosaari, Special to The Star

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