Supporting and Sharing a Love of the Orchestra
"One thing an estate plan addresses is what's special in life," says Dr. Jerry Artz of the Laureate Society. "It's a pleasure and an honor to be able to give to the Minnesota Orchestra—because music unites us all, and great music well played is a cherished experience especially when shared."
Jerry shares one of his fondest Orchestra Hall memories. "I remember an amazing piano recital given by Vladimir Horowitz. Every seat in the Hall was taken and there was a subdued, nervous noise among the audience members in anticipation of the concert. When Horowitz emerged, the crowd's deep appreciation and respect manifested itself with an explosive applause. That was more than 30 years ago, and the memory is still vivid today."
Jerry reflected on what mattered most to him when he created his estate plan—and he knew that music was essential. He explains: "I always fear that the arts may be the first to suffer funding cuts. Hopefully my future gift will maintain the high-quality Orchestra we now have." To achieve his goal while keeping his estate plan flexible, he structured his future gift to the Orchestra and other charities using percentages rather than fixed dollar amounts.
Ever since joining the Laureate Society, Jerry has found his connection to the Orchestra has continued to grow deeper. "I've met many other donors through the special intermission receptions in the green room, the annual Laureate (Society) luncheon and other activities, and it's been fun to share a love of the Orchestra with these new friends. None of this would have been possible had I not told the Orchestra of my estate plans!"