News for Thursday, August 4, 2011

Inaugural El Delirio Legacy Circle Celebration

SAR staff member Elizabeth Lee assists guests with the name tagsSAR staff member Elizabeth Lee assists guests with the name tags
SAR staff member Elizabeth Lee assists guests with the name tags
A refreshing pause during the El Delirio Legacy Circle celebrationA refreshing pause during the El Delirio Legacy Circle celebration
A refreshing pause during the El Delirio Legacy Circle celebration
A stately locust tree overlooks the campusA stately locust tree overlooks the campus
A stately locust tree overlooks the campus
El Delirio Legacy Circle guests gathered in the President’s GardenEl Delirio Legacy Circle guests gathered in the President’s Garden
El Delirio Legacy Circle guests gathered in the President’s Garden
Deep in conversation at the Legacy Circle celebrationDeep in conversation at the Legacy Circle celebration
Deep in conversation at the Legacy Circle celebration
Dr. Brooks presents a slide show on program and funding growth at SARDr. Brooks presents a slide show on program and funding growth at SAR
Dr. Brooks presents a slide show on program and funding growth at SAR

More than 50 guests, including both long-time members and newcomers to the SAR community, converged on campus in the late afternoon on August 4th for SAR’s inaugural El Delirio Legacy Circle celebration event. Visitors with drinks and hors d’oeuvres mingled in the shade of the President’s Garden, then headed to the Boardroom to hear President and CEO Dr. James Brooks reveal some exciting new developments in foundation support and program expansion at the School.

The event formally launched SAR’s new program to acknowledge individuals who have named SAR in their estate plans and to provide information for others who might consider supporting the School in this important way.

All individuals who make charitable provisions for SAR in their estate plans – whether with cash, securities, property, art, or other assets – become members of the El Delirio Legacy Circle. El Delirio, which means “the madness” in Spanish, is the name the White sisters gave to their Santa Fe estate, which Amelia Elizabeth White deeded to SAR in 1972. El Delirio was the name of a bar in Seville, Spain that the adventurous White sisters once visited. According to family members, the sisters frequently got lost while wandering around town but somehow always wound up back in front of El Delirio.

With the transformative gift of their estate, the White sisters set a wonderful example of philanthropy that ensured the issues important to them would continue to be studied and have an impact on the world well beyond their own lives. Many others have followed this generous example in gifting assets to SAR, allowing the School to flourish over the past 104 years. (For a full list of donor names, please go to legacy.sarweb.org.)

In recognition of this critical support, all members of the El Delirio Legacy Circle are invited to an annual recognition event with SAR’s president to discuss the School’s current work and future goals. Members also are invited to other occasional special events, and are acknowledged in the School’s Annual Review and on SAR’s website—although donors may also choose to be anonymous.

In addition to receiving possible tax benefits and helping secure the future of SAR, participation in the El Delirio Legacy Circle serves as a source of inspiration and encouragement for others who might consider making similar legacy gifts to the School.

If you would like more information about how you could benefit from a gift to SAR through your estate, please contact multimedia services at (505) 954-7200 or multimedia[at]sarsf.org to arrange for a confidential discussion. If you already have named SAR in your estate plans, please let us know. Notifying us of your bequest now allows us to understand and honor your intentions and steward your gift as you would wish. All information will be kept strictly confidential.

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