Columbus organizations promise to carry on legacy of well-known philanthropist

Dorothy Cage-Evans

A well-known philanthropist who was found dead in her home Monday evening is being remembered for making a difference in many people's lives and many hope her legacy continues.

Police charged her husband, 82-year-old Henry Evans, with her murder.

Dorothy Cage-Evans was involved with several organizations, such as the Harmony Project, the Columbus Foundation and for being a co-founder of Greater Columbus Community Helping Hands.

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David Brown, creative director of Harmony Project, described her as graceful.

"Everywhere she went she had this quiet dignified way about her," Brown said.

The Greater Columbus Community Helping Hands helps prepare students for college and encourages them to strive towards their dreams.

"It makes sure that graduating seniors get laptops so that way when they go to college, they'll have a laptop, they'll also have a package and a backpack and they'll be ready to go," Brown said.

Director of Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services, Joy Bivens, said she worked closely with Dorothy. She helped her with the Helping Hands' Stepping Off to College Program.

"She would highlight these kids and it was almost like a proud mother," Director Bivens said.

Bivens said every year, 80 students will the ballroom in the Hilton, along with parents and other community leaders. She said in the Stepping Off to College Program, students would get a dorm package bundle and a laptop package bundle.

In the dorm, students would receive sheets, pillows, bath towels, laundry bags, a first aid kit, tool kid, a fan, a lamp and a few more items.

Bivens said she was the type of leader that when she asked for help, people didn't think twice about helping and committing to her request.

"She was really in tune with what the needs were of the community and it wasn't just busy work for her it was what she passionately cared about," Bivens said.

"Dorothy to me defined the word grace, she was graceful in everything that she did and the way she carried herself and the way she took in a room when she walked into it," Brown said.