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September 1, 2015

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Clearwater Philanthropist Pledges $2.7 Million Gift to The Heritage Foundation

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 1, 2015 – Betty A. Anderlik of Clearwater, Fl. has made a $2.7 million gift to The Heritage Foundation, the prominent Washington, D.C., think tank announced today.

The gift is being made to support Heritage's efforts to design and promote public policies that "place marriage and the family at the center of civil society," as Heritage describes its efforts, and increase opportunity for all Americans. 

In recognition of her support, a fellowship will be established at Heritage in honor of Mrs. Anderlik and her late husband. The title of Joseph C. and Elizabeth A. Anderlik Fellow will go to the Vice President of Heritage’s Institute for Family, Opportunity and Culture. As the current Vice President of the Institute, Jennifer A. Marshall works to promote and defend a vibrant civil society with both a national and international audience. The Institute for Family, Opportunity and Culture performs both independent and integrated analysis in order to promote a stronger civil society.

A long-time supporter of The Heritage Foundation, Mrs. Anderlik said she wanted to "help turn the country around by renewing America's focus on the family and the importance of families as the foundation of American society."  

In thanking Mrs. Anderlik for her gift, Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint described her as someone who "always put family first, in her own life, in her church, in her community."

Mrs. Anderlik is the mother of three: Mark, who lives in Montana, and Lynn Thom and Jill Rauenhorst, both of whom live in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area (Eden Prairie and St. Michael respectively). She also has five grandchildren.

Mrs. Anderlik now resides in Clearwater, Fla., but is originally from Shoreview, Minn. She is active in the Catholic Church, attending St. Jerome in Largo, Fla. and visiting St. Mary of the Lake in White Bear, Minn.

She also provides support for several other nonprofits, including the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge cancer home in Minneapolis, Iowa State University, and the Laboure Society, which helps aspirants enter the priesthood and the religious life.

"The Heritage Foundation Board of Trustees and staff are extremely grateful to Betty Anderlik for her support," said DeMint.  "We will dedicate every dollar she has donated to rebuilding a civil society in which opportunity flourishes for all Americans. That greatness can’t exist without strong and healthy families. We honor Betty for recognizing that and for giving us the opportunity to work on the rebuilding process."

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