The Legacy Circle
The Staunton Music Festival Legacy Circle seeks to sustain world-class chamber music in Staunton for many generations to come. Members of the Legacy Circle share a commitment to support the Festival’s long-term success and financial security. Adding the Festival to your planned giving allows your passion for beautiful music to be sustained indefinitely.
Frances Whitesel Smith adored music. A pianist and singer, she surrounded herself and her family with music. Today Staunton Music Festival is the proud beneficiary of her estate plan, ensuring that the world’s finest musicians will call Staunton “home” each summer for many years to come.
Alex and Karen Green | Keswick, VA
Cheri and Phil Moran | Staunton, VA
Frances Dora Whitesel Smith | Lexington, VA
High and Connie Westfall | Staunton, VA
Mr. and Mrs. G. Wolf | Cleveland, OH
Joining the SMF Legacy Circle provides satisfaction in knowing you have helped take a leadership role in sustaining this great music festival for generations to come. Your pledge will be specially acknowledged in all printed program books in perpetuity, and members are invited to wear the Legacy Circle pin in public to show their support.
Nearly all gifts of retirement assets provide you with control over the legacy of your assets, and the tax benefits can be substantial. By pledging a retirement asset, you can avoid the two-fold taxation on IRAs or other retirement plans and name SMF as the beneficiary of the retirement account after the donor’s lifetime. This would allow you to make the gift from the most highly taxed assets, leaving better assets for family.
Please contact Jason Stell at (540) 569-0267 or to discuss your planned giving in more detail. We encourage you to discuss all options with your preferred financial advisor.