BCF Legacy Society Luncheon toasts members’ generosity

May 02, 2013


(May 2, 2013) BCF honored its Legacy Society members today with a luncheon hosted at the home of Jean and Sidney Silber. 

“Usually we pray for rain because the garden needs it,” said Sidney. “Today, though, we’re happy for the beautiful weather.” 

And it was beautiful, indeed. 

Twenty members lunched under a clear blue sky overlooking the famed, lush Silber garden. The Legacy Society honors those who have generously provided gifts to and through BCF in their estate plans. 

BCF president Tom Wilcox drew inspiration from the surroundings in his welcome toast. “Like the seeds that were planted in this beautiful garden, you too are planting seeds,” he said. “Seeds that will ensure the healthy, positive growth of Baltimore for generations to come.” 

Over lunch, members talked about what prompted them to make a legacy gift and their hopes for Baltimore’s future. 

“As the old saying goes, you can’t take it with you,” said Susan Fleishman.  “So, what can you do? I know what I want to do: I want to be a part of Baltimore’s future, even after I’m gone.” 

Alvin Fisher said he and his wife Hilda think it’s important for the nonprofits they love to continue to receive support from them. “Each year, we give to a number of charities. By setting up an endowment with BCF, we ensure that those charities will continue to get money from us each year – in perpetuity.” 

After lunch, on a walking tour led by Jean Silber, the group was in absolute awe of the garden’s verdant beauty. 

“It’s always changing, always growing,” said Jean. “Each year, it’s different.” 

So too does Baltimore grow and change, as these Legacy Society donors know well. 

“I don’t know what the exact needs of Baltimore’s future will be,” said Steve Ziger. “But I do know that BCF will be there.” 

Interested in becoming a member of the Legacy Society? Click here for more information. 

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