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Supporter Stories

San Francisco Opera is grateful to all our supporters for their generous and varied forms of charitable giving. A legacy gift to San Francisco Opera is both a tribute to the past and a confident investment in the exciting future of this Company and the wonderful, multifaceted opera art form. Learn more about some of the people who have chosen to ensure the future of opera.

Barbara Jackson

“As St. Augustine said, ‘Where your treasure is, there is your heart; where your heart is, there is your happiness.’ I believe that’s true, and my heart is certainly with the Opera.”

Terri and Bob Ryan

“The Opera is our first priority. It’s hard to imagine not being involved with this Company and the people – onstage and off – who make it come alive. Since we can’t be here forever, we’ve ensured that our spirit will be”

Jim and the late Jayne Heagy

“Our charitable remainder trust was a great way to convert highly appreciated assets into regular income for us without having to pay capital gains taxes. When our trust is added to the Opera Endowment, it will commemorate our longtime mutual involvement and continue our support after we both are gone.”

Ruth Short

“Opera is my passion and San Francisco Opera is my first love. It gives me great satisfaction to leave a significant portion of my estate – my home – to help ensure the Opera’s future.”

Steve Eimer and Kevin Ann Cartwright

“When we created our estate plans, it was important to provide for our family, but we also wanted to give back to the organizations that mean a lot to us. San Francisco Opera is one of our favorites and we are proud to leave a bequest that will benefit the Opera family of the future.”

Marilyn Horne

“I want to express my personal gratitude to each of you for your support of San Francisco Opera. Like you, I have included a bequest to the Opera in my estate plan because I love this Company and believe in what it is doing. From educating young audiences, to training the singers of tomorrow, to presenting world-class productions, San Francisco Opera plays a major role on the international stage. I have been associated with the Company since 1960, and I feel privileged to have been part of its history, and a part of its future, as well. Thank you for joining me as Bel Canto Legacy Society members.”

Don Buhman and C. Wray Humphrey

“Naming San Francisco Opera as beneficiary of our separate retirement accounts enabled us to leave a lasting remembrance that recognizes the importance of opera in our lives.”

Bernice Strube,
January 15, 1923 – July 3, 2010

“After 40 years of managing my own apartment, I was ready for a break. San Francisco Opera helped me create a charitable remainder trust that will sell the building and send me quarterly income payments, avoiding capital gains taxes on the sale. I have always loved opera because it brings together all the performing arts I enjoy. Eventually my trust will provide San Francisco Opera with a significant gift to help bring continued joy to others in the future.”

Barbara Ward Wonder

“Barbara’s love affair with San Francisco Opera started when she was a student at Mills College, and continues going strong today”