"Find a penny, pick it up," goes the old saying, "and all day long, you'll have good luck."
One lost Lion of Judah pin, instead, had the good luck to be found and picked up by a Mr. Penney.
Jeremy Penney recently found a gold brooch of a lion in the Millennium Park garage. "I could tell it must be valuable to someone," said Penney, who owns vending-machine and roofing companies. "It was interesting and heavy, and I had never seen anything like it...and it had initials in it."
The initials were those of Linda Kellough, a member of the JUF Board of Directors and a Lion of Judah, a woman who gives an individual gift of more than $5,000 a year to JUF.
Kellough said the pin was very meaningful to her. "It symbolizes my connection to the community," she said. "When I was ready to become a Lion, I was surrounded by women who inspired me."
After two weeks of searching, Penney tracked down Kellough through JUF. "I was very happy to be able to return the pin to its rightful owner," he said.
Lion of Judah Endowments-a gift that continues in perpetuity to the JUF Annual Campaign-are recognized as part The Centennial Campaign. For more information on becoming a Lion of Judah, or about the Lion of Judah Endowment, contact (312) 337-4853, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit jufplannedgiving.com.