“There’s No Place Like Bethesda:” Meinhardt Raabe’s Legacy to Disabled Adults At first blush, The Wizard of Oz and Bethesda Lutheran Communities wouldn’t seem to have much in common. One is a beloved, classic movie; the other is an organization that supports developmentally disabled adults. But what they do have in common is Meinhardt Raabe. Raabe was the diminutive actor who – at the time of his death in 2010 – was the last surviving actor from the Wizard of Oz. And like Bethesda, he was a native of Watertown, Wisconsin. More recently, his estate donated a million dollars to Bethesda. And in return, the organization is throwing a Meinhardt Raabe-themed celebration tomorrow. Mike Thirtle is the President and CEO at Bethesda, and he told the story of the beloved actor and his legacy fighting against discrimination.
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