Donor Spotlight: Connie and Steve Delehanty, Heritage Society Members
Steve and Connie Delehanty.
Photo by Linsley Lindekens
Q. Why did you add the New York Philharmonic to your estate plan?
The New York Philharmonic has always meant a lot to us, and we wanted to help ensure its future. As longtime subscribers and Patrons, including the Philharmonic in our estate plan was the obvious next step.
Q. How did you decide to structure your deferred gift?
We arranged for two commitments. Along with making a bequest, we named the Philharmonic as a partial beneficiary of our retirement plans. It’s a great tax strategy: it reduces the size of our estate while directly benefiting our favorite charity, tax-free!
Q. What do you hope your gift will accomplish?
We hope that our gift will help sustain the Philharmonic’s concerts and, especially, its music education programs for many years. Music education teaches children important human skills — teamwork, collaboration, and discipline.
Q. What do you enjoy about being Heritage Society members?
We have met many musicians and staff members at events — we truly feel part of the Philharmonic family. At a past Heritage Society event, I [Connie] was seated next to then Historian/Archivist Barbara Haws, who asked for my help cataloguing the Philharmonic’s photographs. Thirteen years later, I still volunteer in the Archives every week!
Q. What would you say to someone considering making a planned gift to the New York Philharmonic?
It’s very simple. If you love music, absolutely do it! The New York Philharmonic is as good as it gets.
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