Powerful unrestricted bequest creates generous legacy

February 6, 2015
A generous, unrestricted bequest from the estate of longtime supporter Al Tenney will further Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund’s mission to conquer cancer.
A generous, unrestricted bequest from the estate of longtime supporter Al Tenney will further Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund’s mission to conquer cancer.

Albert “Al” Tenney was known to his friends and colleagues as a hard-working businessman who was always willing to help someone out. A longstanding Jimmy Fund donor who was deeply touched by the stories he would hear each year during the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon, Al generously recognized the incredible mission of Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund with a significant, unrestricted bequest in his estate.

“Someone once said, ‘Al has a heart for the Jimmy Fund.’ I always remembered how perfect those words were,” said Andrea DiFlumeri, his longtime friend and colleague.

As an avid fan and Red Sox season-ticket holder for 45 years, Al witnessed many thrilling moments at Fenway Park. It was through the Red Sox and his all-time favorite player, Ted Williams, that he first learned about the Jimmy Fund. Soon he began to give regularly to Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund, and would send out Dana-Farber holiday cards each year.

As Al grew the commercial janitorial service company he purchased in 1975 into a successful business, he remained humble and private. He often quietly wrote personal checks to help his employees through hard times, never asking for, nor expecting, anything in return. Because of his benevolent nature, Al’s impactful gift to the Jimmy Fund did not surprise those close to him.

“This was such a natural thing for Al to do,” said DiFlumeri. “Because he was extremely generous and appreciative of his success, he always wanted to give back.”
“The remarkable generosity of Al Tenney’s unrestricted bequest sustains Dana-Farber Cancer Institute with crucial funds that can be directed where and when they are needed most,” said Dana-Farber President and CEO Edward J. Benz Jr., MD. “Flexible funds are essential to the fundamental research and patient care initiatives that represent the core of our lifesaving mission.”

With his thoughtful bequest, Al not only contributed to the mission that meant so much to him—he also assured his legacy of kindness will continue on.

Jennifer Skala Bodio
Assistant Director, Development Communications