Sowing a beautiful legacy — Reaping lifetime income

The Hahn Horticulture Garden is a special part of the Virginia Tech experience for Dawn Lerch (horticulture ’73, M.S. ’75) and her husband Gary (mechanical engineering ’72, M.S. ’75). It’s also part of their financial and estate planning.

The Lerches’ charitable trust will one day support the Virginia Master Gardener Association Endowed Fund and the Hahn Horticulture Garden, as well as scholarship endowments for the Corps of Cadets and the College of Engineering. In addition to shaping a meaningful legacy, the couple’s gift is also paying them lifetime income.

A charitable remainder trust is one of several life income gift plans designed to provide growth for your gift and for you. It’s a double harvest to keep and to share. You receive lifetime income and you create a meaningful legacy for the area you choose.

Contact the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Development Office to learn how you can establish your own legacy with a bequest, beneficiary designation, or even with a gift that pays you income.


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Development Office
540-231-5546 or 800-533-1144 or —