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The Cypress Society

Individuals and Families who support Skyland Trail through a planned giving commitment become charter members of The Cypress Society. Continue a legacy started over 25 years ago by members of our community who saw a family in need and worked together to provide a solution. Including Skyland Trail in your estate planning ensures that Skyland Trail continues to meet the needs of future generations through state-of-the-art facilities and innovative, leading-edge treatment programs. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to our current Cypress Society Members.

Cypress Society Charter Members:
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Elizabeth Alexander
Charlotte Pierce-Baker and Houston Baker
Ellen and Roland Behm
Shelby and Dick Bryant
Sarah Aline Carpenter *
Chris Cline 
Cecil Conlee
Margaret Perdue Denny
Vivian Noble DuBose
Cynthia and John L. Ferguson
Elizabeth E. Finnerty and David Martin
Margaret V. Finnerty
Carol and William H. Fox*
Dorothy C. Fuqua*
Helen and John C. Gordon
Anne and Bernard Gray
Wally G. Hills and Thomas D. Hills
Kristin and Jim Howard
Dorothy O. Jackson*
Douglas E. Jackson
Glen Jackson
Jane and Clay Jackson
Beth C. Jones
Patrick M. Kelly
Dixie and Duey Kerper
Raymond James Kotwicki, MD, MPH
Amy R. Kreisler
Kelly Loeffler and Jeff Sprecher
Betts Culp Love
Melissa and Chris Lowe
Maryland and Don McCarty
Jay D. Mitchell
Jackie and Tony Montag
Elizabeth C. and Harry G. Moore, Jr.
Doris and Jeff Muir
Karen and Richard Parker
Mary Anne Quin
Nancy and Ted Spetnagel
Michelle and Stephen Sullivan
Margaret and Randolph W. Thrower*
Diana and Mark Tipton
Janet and John* Turman
Pennie and Dan Walden
Brooke Trible Weinmann
Marjorie and Charles West*
Marjorie C. Wynne
Mark C. West
John B. Zellars, Jr.


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Total membership as of December 31, 2017.


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Cypress Society

If you have not already done so, we invite you to consider joining The Cypress Society. For more information, please contact:

Elizabeth Alexander
Grateful Families Program & Planned Giving Director

Betsy & Mark West
“My family and I value this opportunity to build on the legacy of all those who have contributed to the growth of Skyland Trail. It’s paramount to me to ensure that Skyland Trail will always be able to aid individuals and families in their pursuit of recovery.”
— Mark West, Cypress Society Donor


A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to Skyland Trail a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

Bequest Language

"I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to Skyland Trail [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to Skyland Trail or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Skyland Trail as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to Skyland Trail as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and Skyland Trail where you agree to make a gift to Skyland Trail and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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