Below is an open letter based on this San Diego Tribune Article:
October 2, 2012
Dear Mr. Ellsworth,
Wow, the “Power of Partnerships!” I have just finished reading this wonderful article on you, the Legler Benbough Foundation, and your flunked retirement! I am so glad you flunked!
Mr. Ellsworth, my name is Eric Scofield, and I have had the gift of having lunch at your table in your office with Tyler Miller and Jeremy Robinson. I am the Regional Director for Young Life. I am so inspired by your LIFE!
I want to share with you the parts about this article that were so motivating to me as a leader:
- “Flunked Retirement” I so hope that I flunk as well. I am 47 now and have no intention of stopping working, serving, and giving. Thank you for being such a great example of this!
- “Granted 32 million to organizations” We have been on the receiving end of this generosity, and I just have to say both “Thank you” as well as – that is a lot of money given out!
- “It’s not about me” I love this phrase, this quote, and this heart! I want to accomplish a lot of things, and so, I want to learn this phrase more and more! Thank you for sharing it.
- “Create a new model” This is a challenging phrase in your article. We are striving in Young Life to keep our mission, but at the same time, to find new ways. I know that Jeremy is working hard on some of the partnership ideas you gave him.
Thank you Mr. Ellsworth for living an inspirational life. I am so grateful for this article and interview. This is very motivating on so many levels.
Also, I wanted to pause and say “Thank you” again for your support of Jeremy and his work with kids at Hoover, Lincoln, and Gompers. He is a great man, and you have been very gracious and generous to him. Thank you!
Well, I am off into the day, but know that I am inspired today because of a man named Peter Ellsworth. I am so glad he did not retire!
Eric Scofield, Regional Director Young Life