A planned gift for the ‘perfect college’

Wed, 10/20/2010 (All day)
Rebecca Appenzeller

By Rebecca H. Appenzeller '74

Inevitably, in the course of a conversation regarding my history, I get the question: “So, where did you go to school?” I love that question because it enables me to extol the virtues of Spring Hill and reminisce about some of the truly great times in my life.

If ever there was a perfect college for me, Spring Hill was it. I wanted the adventure of a school far from my hometown of Springfield, Ill., but the security and familial environment of a small college where I could feel connected. The culture was nurturing but also intellectually demanding, and looking back today I credit a great deal of whatever successes I have had to the life lessons learned at Spring Hill.

In particular, the friendships and support from classmates, priests, faculty and staff enabled me to learn, experience and enjoy life, relate to people on many levels, and especially to grow and mature.

I returned to the Midwest after college, had a fulfilling career in corporate law, and retired about a year ago as general counsel of a private corporation in Cincinnati. My husband, Craig Brown, also recently retired, and we live just south of Dayton, Ohio.

We serve on several nonprofit boards that are generally focused on youth health and development, and our gifts to Spring Hill are in keeping with our desire to provide opportunities for young people to apply themselves to achieve their potential.

The last time we updated our wills, Craig and I decided that since our families were self sufficient, we would dedicate a percentage of our estate to support several organizations for which we have a special affinity. Spring Hill certainly fit that bill.

I would like our contributions to help other Spring Hill students receive the same opportunity I did, and my first thought was that it should be used as student financial aid. Ultimately, however, I recognize that there are many needs, and I trust the administration to use the money as they see fit in the best interest of the college.

For more information or assistance with establishing an estate gift, contact Rinda Mueller at (877) 777-4455,  (251) 380-2285 or rmueller@shc.edu. Visit www.shc.edu/plannedgiving to learn more about how planned giving can provide tax savings while supporting Spring Hill College.