Lugen Family Office has embarked on its own journey to create legacy projects that will make a difference in the world.
The following are examples of our Legacy Projects:
Lugen Family Office was involved in the creation of
Enzo Calamo is an Ambassador, Past President and Board Member, of The International Association of Advisors in Philanthropy.
In 1999, Jim Stovall wrote the novel, The Ultimate Gift. Without a major publisher, any retail presence, or proactive marketing campaign, Jim’s novel went on to sell more than 3 million copies and has been translated into more than 15 languages throughout the world. The message of The Ultimate Gift movement has spread globally from one reader to another and inspired millions to realize that their own life and experiences are their most precious gifts.
As a result of the overwhelming response to the message of The Ultimate Gift, this best-selling novel was made into a major motion picture.
Lugen Family Office was a proud Ambassador of The Ultimate Gift and an original investor in this movie. The movie included stars such as Abigail Breslin, Drew Fuller, Bill Cobbs, Ali Hillis, Mircea Monroe, Lee Meriwether, and Brian Dennehy.
Director Michael Sajbel, Executive Producers Rick Eldridge and John Shepherd, the President of The Ultimate Gift Experience Tom Kennedy, and Enzo Calamo of Lugen Family Office were all proud to bring this incredible story to life as a major motion picture while leaving a true legacy of the importance of values.
Lugen Family Office continues to be active in promoting the message of The Ultimate Gift. Invite your friends and family to a movie night at your home and watch this touching movie while doing your part to help spread the message of The Ultimate Gift: share the gift, change the world.
A breath of fresh air…this wholesome movie goes straight for the heart and will enrich your life with its bountiful presents.
The Kansas City Sun
It’s a pleasure to watch such old pros as Garner and Dennehy work their magic…and Breslin brings such charm to her role that it more than justifies her position as one of Oscar’s youngest nominees.
The Hollywood Reporter
Well-acted by a first-rate cast.
The Washington Post
A greeting card of a movie
We can tell you authoritatively that you’ve never seen a picture like it. Take It’s A Wonderful Life, add The Heiress, put in a pinch of The Millionaire and you’re starting to get warm.
Tailor-made for a family…The Ultimate Gift is worth receiving.
The film addresses materialism, values and legacy issues in a big way.
The Arizona Republic
The script is tight and often compelling, the dialogue sparks and the production values are first-rate. A nice change-of-pace from the kind of hip cynicism that seems to infuse even the most genial of Hollywood family films these days.
An inspirational tearjerker…complete with the unwavering message that good is, as it should be, its own reward.
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THE ULTIMATE LIFE
As far as the reasons why Lugen Family Office believes in sustainable Legacy Projects, we will let the Parable of the Sower explain the story within our heart…
Parable of the Farmer Scattering Seed in the Bible
1 Once again Jesus began teaching by the lakeshore. A very large crowd soon gathered around him, so he got into a boat. Then he sat in the boat while all the people remained on the shore. 2 He taught them by telling many stories in the form of parables, such as this one:
3 “Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seed. 4 As he scattered it across his field, some of the seed fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate it. 5 Other seed fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seed sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow. 6 But the plant soon wilted under the hot sun, and since it didn’t have deep roots, it died. 7 Other seed fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants so they produced no grain. 8 Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they sprouted, grew, and produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted!” 9 Then he said, “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”
10 Later, when Jesus was alone with the twelve disciples and with the others who were gathered around, they asked him what the parables meant.
11 He replied, “You are permitted to understand the secret of the Kingdom of God. But I use parables for everything I say to outsiders, 12 so that the Scriptures might be fulfilled:
‘When they see what I do,
they will learn nothing.
When they hear what I say,
they will not understand.
Otherwise, they will turn to me
and be forgiven.”
13 Then Jesus said to them, “If you can’t understand the meaning of this parable, how will you understand all the other parables? 14 The farmer plants seed by taking God’s word to others. 15 The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message, only to have Satan come at once and take it away. 16 The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. 17 But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word. 18 The seed that fell among the thorns represents others who hear God’s word, 19 but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced. 20 And the seed that fell on good soil represents those who hear and accept God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”
3 Key Ingredients to Understanding the
Parable of the Sower…
The sower. A sower is an old English term meaning someone who plants.
The seed. The seed is what is planted.
The Soil. The soil is the hearts of the people.
Applying the Principles of the Parable of the Sower…
To understand the parable of the sower you need to understand the farming techniques of the days of Jesus. In our western civilization we prepare the soil prior to planting the seeds. In the times of Jesus, and even in many parts of the middle east today, they spread the seed before the soil is prepared. That is why Jesus gives 4 types of soil that the seed falls on. In this parable, Jesus does not tell the sower to judge the soil or decide what soil is ready for planting and what soil is not ready. He says that the sower sows the seed. It is not our job to judge, discern, or decide what soil is ready for a seed to be planted. It is our job to sow the seeds regardless of soil condition.
There are 4 types of soil that we plant seeds into.
Seed that falls by the wayside. The wayside was the beaten path around the field. It is the ground that has been hardened and trampled on by the feet of people. This soil, otherwise known as a human heart, has been walked on until it has become hardened and impenetrable. These hearts have been hardened because of the years of being walked on by people. This seed falls on soil that is skeptical and cynical.
Seed sown in rocky soil. This soil is similar to the wayside. It has no place to dig deep roots in the heart of this person because this person’s heart is wounded and damaged with areas that are hard and inflexible to the change needed to be good soil. Because of this, at the first sign of trouble, this person gives up because they have no ability to stand up against the crowd. They are the typical people pleaser.
The seed that is choked out of fruitfulness by thorns. This heart is one that is in good enough shape that it produces a living plant that survives. Yet because of other priorities in it’s life it never produces any fruit. It cares more about the basic mundane things of life, or focuses on getting rich, or places other desires above the desire to do what it was meant to do which was produce fruit. Since it’s priorities are out of alignment, this seed never gets to the point to producing other seeds.
The seed in good soil. This seed sprouts, grows and produces more seeds. It produces a harvest. It reproduces and it effects people all around them. This seed starts the principle of the parable of the sower once again.