By Harlan Boll, special to
The Tolucan Times
After decades of planning their own Living Legacy, Bob and Dolores Hope’s final wishes, as designated in their legal will, were rightfully upheld on February 28th by the Los Angeles City Council. The Council’s action was a direct embrace of the Hopes and their commitment to the needy and this country’s veterans. (Editor’s note: The Council voted 8 in favor and 2 opposed to Councilmember Ryu’s motion to make the house a landmark. A total of 10 votes in favor were needed.)
Linda Hope, the eldest of the Hope children, spoke gratefully on behalf of the entire family and true supporters of the Hope Legacy. “Mother and Dad had no interest in brick and mortar tributes. They specifically wanted a living legacy: to know that a homeless family had food and shelter for the night or that an unemployed vet found a new job…that is what they wanted as their legacy…not the preservation of their aging house. They left a mandate that proceeds from the sale of their house were to go to feed, clothe and shelter those in need, with a special emphasis on those who’ve served out country,” she said.
The Hope property is currently listed for $12 million.
Speakers at the L.A. City Council meeting February 28th on behalf of the Hope Estate: Bob Kerkjian, Bob Hope USO; Lynne Littman – neighbor and family friend; Larry Pressman – neighbor and family friend; Craig Strong – real estate agent; Mike Arnold – Midnight Mission charity; Tony Montalto – The Bob and Dolores Foundation and The Dolores Hope Trust; Linda Hope; Tim McOsker – attorney for The Bob Hope Legacy; Charuni Patibanda – attorney for The Bob Hope Legacy.
Harlan Boll is a publicist and has represented The Hope Estate.