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Sally and Larry Gurskey

Sally and Larry GurskeyTo those who traveled the Big Band circuit, "Sonny" Smith was known for playing a mean set of drums. He came from a musical family. His father taught John Philip Sousa how to read music. Sonny's talent hooked him up with such legendary names as Gene Krupka and Benny Goodman. Later, after retiring from the Big Band circuit, Sonny worked at Allen Organ where he put his musical and cabinet-making skills to use designing and building world-class organs, among them, the organs in West Point Chapel and Radio City Music Hall.

To his daughter Sally, though, he was always just dad. So when Sonny, whose real name was Charles F. O. Smith, suffered a stroke at the age of 76, Sally wanted the best in rehabilitation care for him. Sally, and her husband Larry Gurskey, knew of Good Shepherd's reputation, and put her father's rehabilitation in their hands.

"There's nothing like it," Sally says of the extraordinary level of care her father received. "Everybody could not have been nicer. You have the best people working there."

Sonny recovered nicely and was able to resume life much as it was before the stroke. He later suffered a second stroke but lived until he was 88.

With no children of their own and deeply grateful for the care Sonny received at Good Shepherd, the Gurskeys decided to name Good Shepherd in their will. Their bequest honors Good Shepherd's staff and charitable mission, as well as The Rev. Dr. Conrad Raker, a good friend of Sonny's.

"We always thought that if somebody less fortunate could benefit from our gift, then that is what we wanted to do," Sally says. "The bottom line is, if you have a little extra, you can put it to good use at Good Shepherd helping people who really need it."

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A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Good Shepherd 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, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network in Allentown, Pennsylvania [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 Good Shepherd 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 Good Shepherd 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 Good Shepherd 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 Good Shepherd where you agree to make a gift to Good Shepherd 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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