You may be looking for a way to support creativity and the arts in Dayton. If so, consider a bequest – a gift made through your will or trust – which is among the most popular ways to give back. More »
A beneficiary designation gift is a simple and affordable way to make a gift to support Victoria Theatre Association. You can designate our organization as a beneficiary of a retirement, investment or bank account, or your life insurance policy. More »
There are many combination gift options that can make your giving go farther than a simple gift of cash or property. More »
to ensure the performing arts and the venues that house them continue to thrive in the Miami Valley for generations to come.
Through their love of live theatre and the performing arts, Legacy Society members make an impact that will ensure the future of downtown Dayton's arts venues for future generations.
We are happy to share with you the reasons our friends Bill and Margaret Bloebaum felt it was important to support Victoria Theatre Association with a legacy gift as part of their estate plans.
WHY WE GAVE
Bill Bloebaum and his wife Margaret have a lifelong love of the arts. They grew up in Redlands, California where they first met in elementary school. Bill played trumpet in the school band and community symphony, while Margaret was involved in chorus and dance. Both have been avid supporters of the arts since Bill's career brought them to Dayton in 1984. They bought season tickets for Dayton Ballet that first year and have been actively attending a variety of performing arts events ever since. In fact, the couple moved into Performance Place at the Schuster Center in 2004 so they could be closer to the arts, as well as downtown's many other amenities.
"No regrets – we've never looked back." remarked Margaret.
"Margaret and I have always been interested in the arts," Bill continued.
"We've enjoyed living in a community where there are a lot of things to do. We've particularly enjoyed the arts and, having participated in them, they mean a lot more."
"The arts are important for a well-rounded life," added Margaret. "That feeling of being involved, that's important."
Bill is a retired Mead executive, where he most recently served as President of Pulp Sales – he watched the Schuster Center take shape from Mead's downtown offices. He knows Victoria Theatre Association very well: he served on the Victoria Theatre Association Board of Trustees from 1988-1995 and is a former Chairman of the Board. He also served as the organization's Interim President & CEO in 2009.
His time on the Board of Trustees prompted Bill and his wife to include Victoria Theatre Association in their estate plans. They have an account with a charitable foundation that will allow them to designate estate gifts that will help continue to support the arts they love. "We're here to try to help," Bill said. "Our enjoyment of the arts and increasing the quality of life is important. If those who have the resources don't do it, who will?"