The Watershed Association has created a legacy society for our donors who have remembered the Watershed in their Estate Plans. In 1985, Muriel Buttinger Gardiner bequeathed her home and surrounding property to the SBMWA. To recognize those special donors who have followed in her footsteps by leaving a bequest to the Watershed, we are announcing the Muriel Buttinger Legacy Society.
Betsy Hoover, long-time Watershed Friend and Supporter talks about her gift—
“Recently, when updating my will I wanted to include gifts to two charitable organizations that are near and dear to me. The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association is one of them. I was introduced to the Watershed by my friend Charlie Townsend over 25 years ago and fell in love with the property. I started volunteering in the early 1990’s and joined the board of trustees. I was a member of the Capital Campaign Committee, helping to raise money for the new building, and I realized then how important it is to think about the future of the Watershed Association so it will be able to continue its work for years to come.
I love that my appreciation and support for the organization will continue on after I am gone. I wanted to let the Watershed know about my plans in the hopes that my gift would encourage others to do the same including a bequest as a percentage of my estate to ensure that my gift will remain proportionate no matter how the estate’s value fluctuates over the years.
My estate is very modest but if lots of people designate a gift to the Watershed in their estate planning it can make a big difference”.
If you have designated the Watershed as a beneficiary of your planned giving and would like to be acknowledged and included as a member of the legacy society, or you are interested in learning more about how to leave a planned gift, please contact Jenny Kershner, the Watershed’s Development Director at 609 737-3735 ext 36 or [email protected].