Last winter the Albany Education Foundation received an unexpected and totally surprising phone call that we had received a generous bequest from community member Elisabeth Bell. Needless to say we were overjoyed and determined to use the money in a way that would please Elisabeth. After long and hard thought and several conversations with the Albany Unified School District, AEF decided to make a commitment for 5 years to support the school libraries.
Earlier this week, AEF board members visited each school site and surprised the librarians with give cards purchased from Barnes and Noble for an amount equaling one dollar per student. Macgregor High School received five dollars per student due to its low total enrollment. One of the librarians thanked us, writing “having the money available for books through Barnes and Noble is a HUGE boon to the AHS library. It is so wonderful to be able to get a book for a student or teacher immediately when they request it!”
If you never had the pleasure of knowing Liz Bell, you missed a charming woman. She and her husband, Sid, were long time Albany residents. She grew up in Germany, immigrating to this country after World War II. A banker by profession, she put those skills to good use voluntarily serving as the treasurer of the Albany Chamber of Commerce for many years. For more about Liz Bell please see the Patch article, http://albany.patch.com/groups/albany-chamber-of-commerces-blog/p/bp--liz-bell-longtime-chamber-of-commerce-volunteer-a59144fce93
Have you remembered AEF in your estate planning will or trust? Your planned gift can enhance the education of Albany students in a variety of ways and may result in a tax benefit for your estate. We are happy to discuss the possibilities with you.