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“Your legacy is every life you’ve touched.” Maya Angelou

You can protect what matters most to you and also make a lasting impact at P.G. Chambers School by including a gift to us in your will. After your loved ones have been taken care of, please consider adding P.G. Chambers School as a beneficiary through a remainder designation or by designating a percentage of your estate. You do not have to be wealthy to make a lasting impact on our children. Every gift matters.

Helpful Tips

Protect Loved Ones – Wills are important regardless of your wealth. They help you to protect your children, your pets, and your legacy, while saving your loved ones stress and uncertainty.

Assure Your Wishes – Without a will, your wishes regarding your assets and who manages your estate may not be met. Instead, the government decides who receives your assets and who administers your estate.

Easy To Do – If you need to create and/or update your will, there is no substitute for using a qualified attorney with estate planning experience in your state. A knowledgeable attorney can make sure that your wishes are properly recorded, which can reduce expenses and help your loved ones receive their inheritances sooner.

Donor Testimonials

Our heartfelt gratitude is extended to the late Nanette Courtine, the late Barbara Jacobus, and thelate Ruth and Harry Kalish for their transformational gifts to our students. As we came togetheras a community this past year to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the P.G. Chambers School, wewere reminded of the legacy of love and caring for the children and families we serve by thosewho came before us. While we wish we could have celebrated Nanette, Barbara, Ruth and Harryfor their generous legacy gifts in their lifetime, please know that we celebrate them now withmuch gratitude and appreciation for these special gifts that will benefit our children in perpetuity.

Ruth and Harry Kalish

Ruth and Harry Kalish, long-time volunteers and avid supporters of P.G. Chambers School, gave so much during their lifetime to P.G. Chambers School and many other worthwhile organizations, including their recent $155,845 gift as a portion of their Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust, to help continue the work they have been so passionate about for over 40 years in 2018-2019, allowing their legacy of love and caring for individuals with disabilities to live on.

Within those 40 plus years, Ruth Kalish also hosted Broadway theatre trips to raise money to support P.G. Chambers School. Ruth was first introduced to the school, which was then called the Easter Seals Center, by the late long-time P.G. Chambers Auxiliary member, Estelle Kanter. Together with a group of dedicated members, they increased awareness of our school and raised over $250,000 through the theatre trip fund raiser which still exists today. Both Ruth and her husband, Harry, enjoyed the arts, jazz and going to the theatre. A genius, artist, computer technician, self-taught pianist, and a true renaissance man in his own right, Harryenjoyed a distinguished career at Bell Labs working in the early stages of computer graphics. Harry was commuting from Long Island to Bell Labs in Whippany when Ruth’s desire to help children with disabilities began as a driver for the United Cerebral Palsy in Queens. It would notbe long before they decided to make New Jersey their home. As a new resident of East Hanover, Ruth immediately searched for a place to volunteer her time and support children with disabilities. PGCS were the grateful beneficiaries until her death in June 2017. Ruth was predeceased by her loving husband, Harry in December 2015.

And their outpouring of generosity did not stop there. We were also the beneficiary of an additional $762,000 gift from their estate in 2019-2020 to establish the Harry and Ruth Kalish Memorial Fund to support our programs in perpetuity. This gift is the largest estate gift ever received by P.G. Chambers School to benefit our children. Ruth and Harry will always be an inspiration and we are forever grateful for their generous and thoughtful gift.

Please go to www.chambersschool.org/news-events/annual-report to learn more about their long-standing commitment to P.G. Chambers School which was originally published in the 2018 2019 Annual Report.

Nanette Courtine

Nanette worked for Warner Lambert for many years and was very involved in her hometown community of Victory Gardens. Nanette always had a smile and a kind word for everyone and her spirit was infectious.

Barbara Jacobus

Barbara’s first love was the theatre. Upon retirement from her long career at Silver Burdett, Barbara became a regular participant on the P.G. Chambers School Auxiliary theatre trips. She was always the first to send in her check to reserve a ticket. Current treasurer of the Auxiliary, Helen Schuyler remembers fondly their many trips together. “Barbara was always very social, loved a good party and we really became good friends,” said Helen.

While Nanette and Barbara had no children of their own, their thoughtful legacy gifts to support the students at P.G. Chambers School are truly heartwarming.

Sample Bequest Language

This information does not constitute legal advice nor does if substitute for legal advice. You should consult a qualified tax advisor before using any language below or signing any documents intended to be legally binding.

Specific Amount

I, ______________, hereby give, devise, and bequeath to P.G. Chambers School, Inc. (EIN# 22-1551480), 15 Halko Drive, Cedar Knolls, New Jersey 07927, the sum of $________ to be used at the School’s discretion. *

Percentage Amount

I, ______________, hereby give, decide, and bequeath to P.G. Chambers School, Inc. (EIN# 22-1551480), 15 Halko Drive, Cedar Knolls, New Jersey 07927, __________percent of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, to be used at the School’s discretion.*

Contingent Bequest

In the event the beneficiaries of bequests and devises herein predecease me, or, in the case of institutions, cease to be organizations described in section 501(c)(3) if the Internal Revenue Code, I _______________, hereby give, devise, and bequeath to P.G. Chambers School, Inc. (EIN # 22-1551480), 15 Halko Drive, Cedar Knolls, New Jersey 07927, the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate to be used at the School’s discretion.*

*Donors may also restrict their bequests to specific purposes, including but not limited to the endowment of P.G. Chambers School for underwriting our ongoing programs and services. Named endowments for specific program funds generally require specific minimum amounts to ensure 1) a fund’s long-term viability and 2) the fund’s ability to meet the program’s needs. For more information, call, email or write Kathleen DeSantis, 15 Halko Drive, Cedar Knolls, New Jersey 07927; telephone 973-829-8484; email desantisk@chambersschool.org.

Sample Codicil Language for amending an existing will

I, [name], a resident of the County of [county], State of [state], declare that this is the codicil to my last will and testament, which is dated [date original signed].

I add or change last will in the following manner:

[List all specific changes or additions to the original will. Reference each section number of the will and the specific language you will be affecting]. This is where you could include a bequest to P.G. Chambers School, Inc., 15 Halko Drive, Cedar Knolls, New Jersey 07927; EIN #22-1551480

Otherwise, I hereby confirm and republish my will dated [date originally signed], in all respects other than those herein mentioned.

I subscribe my name to this codicil this [day, e.g. 1st] day of [month], [year], at [full address where signed], in the presence of [full name of first witness to codicil], [full name of second witness to codicil], and [full name of third witness to codicil], attesting witnesses, who subscribe their names here in my presence.

Already included us in your estate plans?

Thank you! Letting us know you have taken the generous step to remember P.G. Chambers School in your will is up to you. By letting us know, we will be able to express our gratitude, keep you updated on our important work, and ensure that your gift is fulfilled exactly as you intended. Thank you in advance for your thoughtful generosity. Click here to learn more about joining our Legacy Leadership Circle!

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