Summer is often a time when the pace slows on campus, so you can imagine the energy shift when two alumni graciously stopped by with a gift to Graland from their parents’ charitable remainder trust. Jaynn and Walter Emery thoughtfully structured their estate plans in such a way as to leave a gift for their heirs as well as for organizations that were important to them.
Enclosed with the generous donation was a letter from the couple’s three children, Vicki Emery ‘66, Roe Emery ’63 and Sloan Emery ’69 Schwindt: “It is our pleasure to give this money to Graland in our parents’ names. Graland holds a unique place in our family’s history. My sisters and I graduated from Graland. We agree that our Graland education could never be surpassed or replaced ... certainly some of the best years of our lives!”
As an unrestricted gift, the funds have been applied to a new endowment dedicated to ensuring teacher salaries are fair, competitive and aligned with our school values, according to Kristin Eklund ’88 Weber, associate director of development for major gifts and planned giving. The Emery siblings were thrilled to know their parents are one of the early contributors toward this endowed fund.
“The entire Emery family shares in the excitement of being part of the future changes and development of Graland,” said Vicki. Her daughter, Alexis Wilson ‘96 Weightman, is the current parent of a kindergartner, making this student the third generation in the Emery family line to attend Graland. She, and many others, will see a direct impact from the Emery’s generosity.
A charitable remainder trust is a tax-exempt irrevocable trust designed to reduce the taxable income of individuals by first dispersing income to the beneficiaries of the trust for a specified period of time and then donating the remainder of the trust to the designated charity. To learn more about the many ways you can make an impact at Graland, contact Kristin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-398-3623.
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Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.