Lucia Chase in Pilar of Fire.
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The Lucia Chase Society
Dear ABT lover,
In January, ABT celebrated its 77th anniversary, and I am sure that our founder, Lucia Chase, would have been proud to see America’s National Ballet Company at the height of artistic excellence, boldly producing ambitious new ballets and setting the bar for the presentation of the classics.
My name is Brian Heidtke, and I am the President of ABT. For over twenty years, I have taken great pride in watching our wonderful dancers perform on the world’s most famous stages, and to make sure that tomorrow’s audiences are also able to see ABT perform, I have made a legacy gift through a bequest in my estate plan to support the Company and sustain its future.
Today, I invite you to join the Lucia Chase Society, a special group of friends who, like me, have made legacy gifts to support ABT in perpetuity. There are many ways to make legacy gifts. You can put ABT in your will, or you can name ABT as a beneficiary of your retirement plan or life insurance policy, as I have done. You can establish a charitable gift annuity or a charitable remainder trust, which are gifts that will support ABT and pay you or other designated beneficiaries income for life. Through these and other creative planned giving arrangements, you can help ensure that ABT will dance well into the future.
Gifts made by Lucia Chase Society members provide support for tomorrow’s world class performances, training programs for students at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, and community outreach programs for thousands of students who are exposed to the power and creativity of dance. By including ABT in your long-term plans, you can achieve the goals that benefit you and your family, as well as ensure a bright and enduring future for ABT. Customized financial and legal advice is usually required to appropriately structure a planned gift. Should you need a referral to qualified firms, ABT may be able to help.
On June 20, at the Metropolitan Opera House, ABT will present a Spotlight Seminar – Debuting a Dream Role, featuring ABT dancers Misty Copeland, Christine Shevchenko, and Devon Teuscher. You and a guest are invited to this Seminar and then to join me for a cocktail afterwards.
Whether you attend the Seminar or not, please click here to contact us through email if you have an interest or any questions about the Lucia Chase Society, or contact Grey Johnson in the Development Department at 212.477.3030 ext. 3274 or GJohnson@abt.org to learn more.
Thank you for your loyal support of ABT, and I hope to see you on June 20.
Sincerely,Brian J. HeidtkePresident
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