The Mary Price Ratrie Legacy Society

It takes nearly 80 musicians to make up the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.  It takes countless notes to create a symphony.  Like each musician on stage, or each note on the page, every donor plays a vital role in bringing the music to life.

You can play a part in our future by joining The Legacy Society, a group of individuals who provide for the WVSO through their estate planning.  Your gift can make a difference and help assure that the West Virginia Symphony will continue to make beautiful music for generations to come.

While providing for your family’s future financial needs, you can also include a gift provision “to the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra” in your will.  There are many other ways to remember the WVSO with a planned gift, including naming the WVSOas a beneficiary for a life insurance policy, a retirement plan, or an IRA; as the remainder beneficiary of a charitable remainder trust or charitable gift annuity; or as the income beneficiary of a charitable lead trust.

Your planned gift will enable you to make a significant contribution towards the great music programs of our Orchestra and may also have income and tax benefits for you and your family.  Contact your attorney or financial advisor for advice on establishing your own legacy.  If you have already included the WVSO in your estate plans, please let us know and we will include you in The Legacy Society.  If you prefer to remain anonymous, we will gladly honor your request; however, by stepping forward, others will be encouraged to do the same.

As charter members of the Society, the following individuals helped establish the Symphony’s gift planning program and share with coming generations the opportunity to enjoy live symphonic music:

Catherine S. & Andrew L. Blair Fund
The Harry & Betty Casto Chair
John Casto and Lisa Fischer Casto
John A. & Betsy Chapman
William Maxwell Davis
Jamie Dickenson
The John & Fonda Elliot Chair
Shirley Furry
Dan and Kathy Foster
The Dorothy Taylor Hamilton Chair
The Hubert S. “Rabbit” Jones Chair
**Laurance Jones, III
Steven and Sharon Jubelirer
**John and Elizabeth Lambros
Melanie G. Larch
Roberta Lee Levine
**Helen Lodge
Sallie F. McClaugherty
Timothy A. and Cindy S. McGhee
**Eloise Howell Newlon
The Mary Price Ratrie Chair
The John V. Ray Chair
The Blanchette H. Rockefeller Chair
Betty Schoenbaum
The Emil Schoenbaum Chair
Pat and John Strickland
The Katharine B. Tierney Chair
Dr. James H. Walker Symphony Fund
Henry Louis Wehrle, Jr. Memorial Fund
The Martha Gaines Wehrle Chair
The West Virginia Symphony League Chair

** In Memoriam – The WVSO remembers, with gratitude, their generosity and support.

If you have already included the WVSO in your estate plans, we respectfully request that you notify us of your intentions. You will then be eligible to become a member of the Mary Price Ratrie Legacy Society.

To learn more about becoming a member, please contact Pamela Murchison, Development Director at 304.957.9879 or at pmurchison@wvsymphony.org.

*Please consult your attorney or financial advisor concerning tax-related and/or legal matters.