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Passion for the Arts

Jim and Helen hold a great love for music and the arts at the Houston Symphony.

Jim and Helen hold a great love for music and the arts at the Houston Symphony.

Providing a legacy gift to the Houston Symphony is not only a joy but it represents the culmination of a long held goal for both Jim and me.

Neither of us were born to wealth. Yet we came from families that held a great love for education and particularly for the arts. A passion for music and the arts surrounded us as we matured and the love of them was deeply instilled in us.

Our parents surrounded us with music and supported the arts in Cincinnati as best they were able. They were patrons of the symphony and the opera for over 50 years. Never did they miss the May Festival in that city and these traditions are being sustained by members of our family.

Our parents believed that the arts enhanced and enriched education. High expectations were established. They provided multiple opportunities and patiently supported our efforts to achieve.

As we conscientiously made the choice to provide this gift, we honor their memory and we both feel that this is a debt that we owe to future generations in the hope that they will appreciate symphonic music and their lives will be enriched as ours have been.

As residents of this culturally rich community, we recognized our responsibility to become involved with many of the arts organizations in Houston and throughout the nation. However, the Houston Symphony is the organization with which we have the longest association.

Without the joy of this music, our lives would be diminished. Moments spent in Jones Hall provide a respite from the cacophony and distractions of a frenetic world. Music is intellectually stimulating and provides a challenging conundrum as a composer’s meaning is explored. More importantly, it is able to wrap you in ethereal beauty and a peace that touches your soul as no other art form is capable of doing.

Contributing to the arts, regardless of the amount is a responsibility inherent to all who love them. Only through such gifts can these institutions be sustained in a world too often absorbed with immediate gratification and selfish goals. Over time, small gifts can develop into significant endowments that will support these organizations so that many others will benefit and value the gifts they provide to so many. A passionate love for music requires individuals to support these institutions so that it may be perpetuated for generations yet unborn.

Your presence today indicates your love of the arts. How will you share your passion?

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Contact Patrick T. Quinn, Director, Planned Giving, at 713-337-8532 or patrick.quinn@houstonsymphony.org to share your passion and leave a legacy gift with the Houston Symphony Endowment.

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The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

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Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the gift tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to the Endowment as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and receive an immediate federal income tax charitable deduction. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to the Endowment as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and the Endowment where you agree to make a gift to the Endowment and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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