Donor Stories

Why I Gave: William “Bear” Stephenson

As a banker, real estate developer and auctioneer, William “Bear” Stephenson has witnessed firsthand families making plans for their future. “People want to take care of their loved ones and the things that matter to them,” says Stephenson, who has served on the East Tennessee PBS Board of Directors and as Board Chair. In previous years, Stephenson has contributed his auctioneering skills to help East Tennessee PBS raise funds to support educational programs. His wide smile and enthusiastic spirit encouraged event attendees to raise their bids higher and higher. “It’s a good feeling when you can use your experience to support an organization you believe in,” he says. “That’s why I’m including East Tennessee PBS in my Planned Giving. I want that support to continue after I’m gone.”