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Legacy Gifts

Join the Encore Society

SocietyThe Encore Society is Seattle Opera's way of honoring those very special donors who have made gifts through bequests, trusts or other planned gifts to the Endowment for Seattle Opera or Seattle Opera. Encore Society members demonstrate a commitment both to the current vitality and to the future of Seattle Opera.


Encore Society Members

This list reflects Encore Society membership as of September 14, 2015. Every attempt to ensure the accuracy of donor listings has been made and we apologize for any errors or omissions. To report corrections, please contact the Planned Giving Office at 206.389.7669 or

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Charles and Barbara Ackerman
Gary N. Ackerman and Robin Dearling
John Akamatsu
Reverend and Mrs. John M. Allen
Linda and Tom Allen
Margaret Almen
Robert L. and Rosemarie Anderson
Ms. Laura Arpiainen
Ronald Barensten and Rachael Black
David W. Barker
Mary L. Bass
Marla Beck
Dr. Janet Beckmann and the late Dr.
George Beckmann
In honor of Minnie Bergman
Jean Berry
Jack and Connie Bloxom
Neil M. and Kathleen Bogue
Patricia L. Bostrom
Sandra Boyd
Joseph Brancucci and William Carley
F. H. Braymer
Toby Bright
Dr. and Mrs. David V. Brown
Marshall and Jane Brown
Lynn Buell
Sarah H. Burdell
William B. and Ann S. Burstiner
Lisa Bury
Louis Burzycki
Betty R. Carter
Jean Cho and David Mankoff
Mrs. Heinke Clark
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence W. Clarkson
Janice C. Condit
Carol Veatch Corbin
Norma B. Croco
Tavia Crowder
James and Wendy Cullen
William and Laurie Daniel
Nancy Davies
Lorraine del Prado and Thomas Donohue
John and the late Carmen Delo
Sharon Demuth
Susan Detweiler and the late Alexander Clowes
Fred and Adele Drummond
Michael G. Dryfoos and Ilga Jansons
Pat Dubrow
Sandra B. Dunn
Ann R. Eddy
Patricia Edwards
Karl and Carol Ege
Anna F. Egidy
In memory of H. Wendell Endicott
William Etnyre and David Claus
Jane and Thomas Fadden
The late Gretchen and Jim Faulstich
A. H. Feige, Jr.
Lyn and Paul Fenton
Jack and Dorothy Fidler
Susan and Thomas Fife
Jack and Marsha Firestone
Russell and Nancy Fosmire
Ernest and Elizabeth Frankenberg
Margery Friedlander
Carole Fuller and Evan Schwab
Dr. Lena Furgeri
Gloria Gagne
Diana Gale and Jerry Hillis
Donna Gathany
Gail J. Gazda
Natalie Gendler
Dr. and Mrs. Robert P. Gibbons
Leslie Giblett
Rebecca C. Gillette
Dr. Ulf G. and Ingrid A. Goranson
Claire and Michael Gordon
Mark J. Gralia
John Andrew Hackley
Jeffrey and Rosario Hanna
Larry Hanna
Christine R. Hansen and Peter T. Hurd
Karen Hansen
Jenny Hartley
Roger Henderson
Sylvia H. Hobbs
Frank and Katie Holland
Dr. Kennan Hollingsworth and the late Dr. Phyllis Bagdi
Marilyn Holstad
Horace and Lois Hopkins
Barbara Howell
Erik Jacobsen
Jan Jarvis
Speight Jenkins
Julia G. Johansen
Ginger R. Johnson
Vincent M. Jolivet
H. David Kaplan
Frances J. Kwapil
Sandra and John Labadie
Michelle Labrie-Ripple
Eric and Jan Lamers
Consuelo F. Larrabee
Gary M. Law
Rosemary Leong-Miller and Robert Miller
Marjorie J. Levar
Lady M. Boswell Lindal
Thomas D. Loftus
Lynne Lovejoy
Mr. Everil E. Loyd, Jr. and the late Mrs. Vesta Loyd
Cheryl L. Lundgren
Elizabeth A. Marcoe
William B. Maschmeier and Patricia Haggerty
David and the late Leslie Mattson
James C. Mattson
Elisabeth McKee
Carroll C. McMasters
Greg Meldahl
James and Lora Melhorn
Prof. Ann H. Milam
Colonel Norman D. Miller
Carolyn and Roger N. Miller
Robert C. Milnor
Rosalie B. Minier
Richard S. Munsen
Lin Murphy
Nadine and John Murray
Nancy P. Narraway
John F. and Laurel Nesholm
Bruce W. Novark M.D., D.D.S.
Pamela A. Okano
Richard Q. Opler
Sarah M. Ovens
Dolores J. Palomo
Patricia S. Parrent
William and Carol Parsons
Ralph W. Peoples
Marty and Sue Peterson
Steve Phelps
Sarah Kern Potter
Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Purdy
Megan Pursell
Dennis and Margaret Purvine
Rabbitt Dorman Family
James and Sherry Raisbeck
Erica Rayner-Horn
Eloise and Glen Rice
Joyce C. and Saul Rivkin
John and Charlotte Robins
Mr. and Mrs. N. Stewart Rogers
Michael and Cheryl Rolland
Sharon Romm
Martha Lou Allan Sampson
Irwin and Barbara Sarason
Dr. Carolyn Scheve
James L. Schindler
Christopher L. Myers and Judith Schoenecker
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth L. Schubert, Jr.
Allen and Virginia Senear
Evelyn E. Simpson
Joan Snelson
Rose and the late John Southall
Stephen A. Sprenger
Margaret T. Stanley and the late Thomas Bleakney
W. Dyanne Stepanek
Dr. and Mrs. Alexander R. Stevens
Duane and Barbara Swank
Maureen Swanson
Donald and Gloria Swisher
Delma Tayer
Beryl A. Thompson
Ian L. Thompson, M.D.
Russell F. and Sarah M. Tousley
Mr. and Mrs. Roland M. Trafton
Evelyn M. Troughton
Rae Tufts
Muriel A. Van Housen
Sharon F. Van Valin
Moya Vazquez
Jean B. Viereck and Robert S. Leventhal
Betty L. Wagner
Jay S. Wakefield and Susanne M. Wakefield, Ph.D.
Nicholas A. Walls
Bill and Carol Warren
Judith Warshal and Wade Sowers
Karola Watson
Raleigh Watts
Douglas Weisfield
Robert D. Welden and Jeffrey A. Watts
Drs. William and Gail Weyerhaeuser
Judith A. Whetzel
Julie Wieringa
Naomi Wilson Family
James and Felicity Wornast
Carolynne and Phil Wright
Jim Yancy
Shirley Zaic and Eric Johnson
Charles A. Zaragoza


Estate Gifts

The Endowment for Seattle Opera is incredibly grateful to the following donors whose gifts through their estates have supported all aspects of its mission and helped the company continue to present opera of the highest caliber for the community and beyond. Abiding and heartfelt thanks to these opera lovers who made the Endowment for Seattle Opera a part of their legacy (1968 to March 2014). 

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Elizabeth H. Anderson
Catherine Anzovino
Henriette Baum
Egon Baumann
Jane K. Beamish
John C. Bigelow
C. Keith Birkenfeld
Diana M. Blackmore
Jack Blalock
Ruth A. Blum
Mary T. Bossi
Marjorie O. Bovee
Edward S. Brignall
Ralph E. Bruno
Ralph E. Bruno
Doris H. Caka
Sophie C. Caplan
Arnold H. Chin
Douglas Everett Colin
Kenneth A. Connelly
Archie A. Drake
Norma Durst
Evelyn S. Egtvedt
Dr. Peggy Elder
Robert Ellrich
Julia Hodson
S. Merle Christensen
Sharon Galbraith
Shirley M. Farley
David B. Felch
George A. Franz
Margery Friedlander
Richard Fuller
William Gallacci
Pauline Gardner
Max Gellert
Edward P. Goodrich
Hartmut B. Gottschau
Dr. C. Benjamin and Pearl R. Graham
Margaret Rose Gray
Everett G. Griggs III
Marie Louise Gummersheimer
Mary Alice Hill Hammond
Roy Harsh
Mary Scott Helmick
Frances Stillman Hodges
Julia Livingston Hodson
Ruth H. Hoffman
Edith Anne Holmes
Helen M. Hostetter
Cathryn M. Johnson
Esther Jane Johnson
Dr. W. Vance Johnson
Nancy M. Keefe
George H. Lancaster
Evelyn B. Langlie
Karen S. Larson
Dale Lehrman/Paul Beckley in memoriam
Patricia Lott
Margaret Lovelady
Margaret MacLachlan
Mary Maddox
Charlotte Malone
Amoret B. Mayberry
Norma A. McLaughlin
Roy F. Miller
Shirley Callison Miner
Lucy Van B. Mitchell
Miriam Morgan
Robert Morton
Ruth Naimy
Elizabeth Parke
Dr. C. Wight Reade
Harold E. and Jeanne D. Ridgway
Constance Roberts
Delorez Rossell
In memory of Clyde D. Rowett
Gladys and Sam Rubinstein
Ruth M. Rystogi
Doris L. Sather
Cecilia Schultz Music Foundation
David Skellenger
Mrs. Kayla L. Skinner
Elaine H. Skone
Lenore A. Smith
Geraldine Sorrentino Hoefer
Jack L. and Gertrude E. Sprenger
Mary F. Stowe
George Wood Swain
Frances Du Bois Swift
Elizabeth Thomas
Dr. Robert A. Wallace
Melvin S. Weil
The Lawrence W. Wells Trust
Elizabeth Wheelwright
In Memory of Ruth Wheelwright
James Whitaker
Howard D. Wigle
James T. Williams
Eleanor Hale Wilson
Patricia A. Wilson
Hans Wolf
Maureen Woodman
Herta Zahn

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to the Endowment for Seattle Opera a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I give to the Endowment for Seattle Opera, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 363 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109, or its successor thereto, ______________* [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to the Endowment for Seattle Opera or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to the Endowment for Seattle Opera as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to the Endowment for Seattle Opera as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and the Endowment for Seattle Opera where you agree to make a gift to the Endowment for Seattle Opera and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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