A childless widow who lived privately and modestly in a small Southern California city has left her entire $27-million estate to the Alzheimer's Association of Orange County, says the Orange County Register.
The bequest from Helen Banas—who died in August at the age of 95, her wealth unknown to neighbors—is the largest ever for the charity. Ten million dollars will go to the national Alzheimer's Association, the rest to the Orange County chapter.
Ms. Banas inherited money from her husband, Alfons, a stockbroker who died in 1958, and built her assets through investing. Friends said she had determined to leave her money to an Alzheimer's group 20 years ago after the death of her mother, who suffered from the disease.