Gloria Satterfield to be remembered as ‘champion of love and charity’
The family of Gloria Satterfield, a Hampton County mother of two who had worked for suspended and accused South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh before his death and subsequent theft of his death colonies, held a conference on Thursday. press in Hampton’s historic Palmetto Theater to announce a charitable foundation established in Satterfield’s name.
According to her family, Satterfield loved the joy of Christmas and giving to others, and Gloria’s Gift Foundation will help struggling families in Hampton County provide a special Christmas gift or meal.
This nonprofit foundation will be funded initially with a portion of more than $7 million in civil lawsuit settlement funds and later potentially from a $4.3 million judgment confession recently signed by Murdaugh acknowledging his liability in a wrongful death insurance scheme that Murdaugh allegedly orchestrated involving Satterfield’s estate.
“Having fought the good fight for justice, we choose to ensure that Gloria’s lasting legacy is not that of a victim, but that of a champion of love and charity,” said said Ginger Hadwin, Satterfield’s sister.
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Satterfield died in February 2018 following what was reported to be a trip and fall at Murdaugh’s home in Colleton County, Moselle. Murdaugh allegedly approached Satterfield’s sons, Tony Satterfield and Brian Harriot, shortly after his death and convinced them to pursue his own insurance, after which he allegedly conspired with a longtime friend, the Beaufort County attorney, Cory Fleming, to steal death settlements and insurance payments. .
Both Murdaugh and Fleming have been charged in the case and suspended from practicing law, and Murdaugh, through his attorney, apologized to the Satterfield family at a bond hearing on December 13, 2021.
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Murdaugh is now at the center of a high-profile and intensely watched crime saga as he faces 82 criminal charges and 11 civil lawsuits, even as state police investigate the June 2021 shooting death of his wife and youngest son, but Thursday’s event was about rewriting the story of at least one victim and claiming a positive end to Satterfield’s story and legacy.
Members of the Satterfield, Harriot and Hadwin families said they were hurt by media descriptions of Satterfield as a mere ‘governess’ and ‘nanny’ to Murdaugh and his late wife, Maggie, and wanted to be remembered of her as much more.
“Today is about redefining Gloria’s legacy,” said Eric Bland, who along with his partner, Ronnie Richter, represented the Satterfield estate and his heirs in their civil case. “The family got sick of hearing that she was just a housekeeper, that she was Murdaugh’s housekeeper. She was so much more than a housekeeper. She was someone one who loved, lived, laughed.
“She had a heart full and pure of kindness and love for everyone she met,” Hadwin said. “She was humble, she was a Southern woman filled with gratitude and grace…She was so much more than just a housekeeper.”
Satterfield’s story also involved playing a key role in bringing down Murdaugh in the criminal and civil justice systems. While he is accused of robbing many other legal clients and his former legal partners, it was the Satterfield case that helped launch state-level investigations into Murdaugh with the US Grand Jury. State and state law enforcement division.
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Before Murdaugh’s judgment confession was filed, Bland told the Guardian that his clients had almost received “a full cup of justice”. After Murdaugh signed the legal confession, Satterfield’s family decided to share this cup with others in Hampton County over Christmas.
During the press conference, Satterfield’s family presented a ceremonial check for $55,000 to establish the charitable fund, which was followed by a check for $20,000 from Bland Richter, LLP. These funds, along with future donations, will be invested securely so the foundation can grow and continue to operate for years to come, Bland and Hadwin said, adding that the foundation would maintain open and transparent records.
Gloria’s Gift will begin with gift packages worth $250 to $500 for somewhere between 10 and 20 Hampton County families in the first round later this year, they added.
Donations can be sent by check to: Gloria Satterfield’s Foundation, PO Box 1093, Varnville, SC 29944.
The family is in the process of launching a website, which will be: gloriasgift.com. Applications for Hampton County families in need of assistance can be found on this website.
The family is also looking for volunteers to help with the holiday charity project.