An Arts Legacy Carries on Through Planned Giving

After passing away during the summer of 2010 at the age of 82, Mary Bain expressed her appreciation for music through a generous gift, made through her estate, to Interlochen Public Radio (IPR). 

“As executors of Mary's trust, we are happy that she pre-arranged for this,” said Ann Post. “It makes the sadness of her death easier because we know that she will bring joy to others with her kindness.”

Bain was born on Nov. 22, 1927 in Traverse City, Michigan. In adulthood, Mary left northern Michigan to work as a registered nurse in California but continued to teach and perform on flute. After retiring, Mary returned to Traverse City.

“Mary believed in Interlochen Public Radio,” said Thom Paulson, IPR general manager and Interlochen Center for the Arts vice-president for media. “She listened to it almost constantly; it was always on in her house when I visited. And when she learned of our plans to expand the reach of the station to new communities, she gave enthusiastically and generously to support the effort.”

“Mary set up her gift to Interlochen because she was a generous and thoughtful person,” said Post. “Music was a huge part of her life, and she appreciated all the friends and instructors who helped her on her musical journey.”

A carefully planned charitable gift can provide a person with immediate benefits, including federal income tax deduction, increased financial security and the knowledge that they are creating a legacy for generations of students. "Planned gifts like this make a long-lasting positive impact on Interlochen Public Radio and the entire community," said Paulson. "Residents of northern Michigan who love classical music and value quality news and information will benefit from this thoughtful gift for years to come."