Estate Planning

A GIFT FROM THE HEART…BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE

NO DONATION IS TOO LARGE, OR TOO SMALL.

“I believe in supporting organizations that work; the Playhouse is succeeding in every way you measure success.”— John Roush, president Centre College

“It is not necessary to be wealthy in order to create a Charitable Legacy that will continue to create a positive impact and service for many generations into the future.” —Flem Messer, Estate Trust Consultant

Pioneer Playhouse is the oldest outdoor theatre in Kentucky and third-oldest in America. Every summer it puts on five superb productions and is a School of Drama for acting interns, as well. National Geographic has called it (one of) “The Top 100 Most Enriching Vacation Destinations in America.”

Pioneer Playhouse could not have staged original Kentucky-themed plays, brought in nationally known acts, produced, taught and elevated the standard of living without the gracious estate planning legacy of Katherine Snyder, a local businesswoman and philanthropist who enjoyed attending the Playhouse. Her foresight and generosity is reflected every time the actors take a bow.

Recently, gallery owner and artist Wilma Brown became an estate planner, for the following reason: “Pioneer Playhouse has been a cornerstone in the history of the arts in our community. I want to ensure its place for the future.”

IDEAS FOR THE SAVVY PLANNER…..

If you are interested in creative ways to minimize or eliminate estate taxes, your accountant, lawyer or financial adviser can assist and advise you.

BASIC ESTATE PLANS INCLUDE:

* Make us a designated beneficiary in your will

* Name Pioneer Playhouse as a beneficiary of all or part of a life insurance policy

SAVE WITH THE IRS:

* Outright gifts are tax deductible and therefore a way to save taxable dollars.

*Charitable Remainder Trusts – are tax-exempt and can pay income to the donor. Part of the income can be used to purchase tax-free life insurance for your heirs. This can allow the donor, Pioneer Playhouse and your family to all benefit greatly. Your heirs receive more tax-free assets and you create a lasting legacy.

YOUR LEGACY…REMEMBERED

It is Pioneer Playhouse’s wish to honor your gift in the way that best represents your personal interests. Select the area you wish to support:

  • Acting Scholarships – Pioneer Playhouse is also a School of Drama, training students in communication skills and all phases of stage craft. Scholarships provide each intern with free room, board, hands-on training and class work.
  • General Operations – 100% of your donation will be used to keep the theatre open by paying utility bills, office equipment, construction and maintenance, actor’s salaries and production costs.
  • Naming buildings/ New Construction – We would be honored to name a building in your honor, if your gift allows us to remodel and/ or rebuild part or all of the theatre’s aging structures.
  • Foundation – Pioneer Playhouse urgently needs a one-million dollar Foundation, which would be used in the following manner: the principal would be invested (not touched) and the interest would be used to fund operational expenses.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION….

If you have specific estate planning questions, please contact Heather Henson at 859-236-2747. Or consult with your own financial advisor.

The Pioneer School of Drama (d.b.a as Pioneer Playhouse) is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, run by a board of directors. Let us know if you would like to view any other materials on Pioneer Playhouse’s economic and cultural impact on community. Every year Pioneer Playhouse pays for an in-house audit, performed by the accounting firm of Robinson, Hughes and Christopher. Our yearly audit is available, upon request.

SEE WHAT WE CAN DO TOGETHER….

“No town is so small that it can’t have a theatre. All I have gotten has been from actors, neighbors and friends who, like myself, love the theatre.” — Founder Col. Eben C. Henson.

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