Giving

Supporting University Liggett School

PLANNED GIVING

By making a gift today, you help us with our day-to-day needs, but by planning a gift in your estate you secure our future. University Liggett School provides a variety of opportunities for planned gifts. A planned gift can be made now or after your lifetime.

There are many planned giving options to consider:

  • Bequest in your will or living trust
  • A charitable gift annuity
  • A charitable remainder trust
  • A charitable lead trust
  • Retirement plan assets
  • Life insurance policies
  • A remainder interest in your home

For more information about leaving University Liggett School in your estate plans, contact  Cressie Boggs, Director of Development at 313.884.4444 ext. 413 or cboggs@uls.org

Jim Jarosik, Liggett's Future is Built on its Past

On a visit to Grosse Pointe earlier this year, Jim Jarosik '77 toured University Liggett School for the first time in many years. In some ways, Jarosik saw the school with fresh eyes, as he experienced a whole new Liggett, physically improved by many upgrades over the years. Yet the authentic feel of the school remained intact, strong enough to transport Jarosik right back to his own years as a student at Liggett.
"It brought back so many memories," Jarosik says, building a mental image of the cafeteria and the faculty room where teachers would eat lunch together. "When they opened the door, all the cigarette smoke would billow out," he laughs. "I remember that." It was, after all, the 1970s.

"There was a student gathering area, where we'd come in to the school in the morning and hang out. We'd sit there and laugh with the other kids and make jokes. That's still there," he says.

Also untouched by time is the auditorium where Jarosik played in the pit band for theater productions. "Maybe the colors were different, but it is virtually identical otherwise. It brought back memories for me because my extracurricular time was centered around that area."

His love for music is still strong, and in retirement from a career in finance and real estate, he spends time analyzing the songs of artists like Stevie Wonder and Steely Dan, playing keyboards and guitar, even writing and producing some of his own original work for fun on occasion.

Music balanced his post-Liggett academic life at the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania, and stuck with him after he moved to the New York City area working first at Chemical Bank and then with The Related Companies and its founder, Michigan native Stephen M. Ross.

Specializing in retail, Jarosik worked early in his career providing financing to Midwest shopping center developers including Michigan-based developers A. Alfred Taubman and Jerry Schostak. Switching from finance to development in the late 1980’s, Jarosik became a pioneer in adaptive rehab, working to develop New York City spaces into urban-sized Kmarts, Targets and Home Depots. After a successful stint in consulting, he retired in 2009. Today, he dedicates time to his family and, while splitting time between homes near Philadelphia and Charleston, SC, he lends real estate and finance expertise to select nonprofits.

Liggett was instrumental in building the confidence and assuredness needed to work with individuals at the top of the business world, even from the age of 22 or 23, Jarosik says. "I went to school with Fords and Hudsons and Strohs, but also with kids from around metro Detroit,” he says. Then, as now, everyone benefitted from the blended diversity at Liggett, he says. "It's clear they are continuing to fulfill that mission."

Though he's long given back financially to Liggett, Jarosik supports providing opportunities to those with ability and need, as well as enriching the music and economics programs at the school.

Through planned giving, Jarosik is helping secure Liggett's future, a taste of which he experienced when he walked the halls of the Manoogian Arts Wing, impressive, he says, in its size and breadth of focus. He looked in on the library, and the Middle School, before moving on to the Lower School, where he spent fourth and fifth grades, attending class with fellow students who remain his close friends, even today.

But what impressed Jarosik most was the positive energy he soaked up during his tour, courtesy of Liggett's current student body. Perhaps he even saw a glimmer of himself in each of them, and recognized that enthusiasm so common among Liggett students.

"You can see it on their faces," Jarosik says. "They are making progress toward their individual purposes, and achieving purpose in life is pretty darn important."

Doris Ann Shover Brucker, A Legacy for Tomorrow

Did you know that you can make a gift through your estate plan to benefit University Liggett School? CDS alumna Doris Ann Shover Brucker '47 honored her parents by including the school in her estate plan, which will provide future students with exciting, far reaching educational experiences which in turn will enrich and inspire future generations.

A Gift of Gratitude

Doris Ann Shover Brucker '47 CDS is full of life and energy.

She adheres to the motto, love to live; live to love. She is extremely grateful to her alma mater, Grosse Pointe Country Day School (CDS) for setting the foundation for her lifelong learning and imparting the excitement of new discoveries.

Doris Ann started at CDS in third grade when her family relocated from Philadelphia to Grosse Pointe as her father, Bertram P. Shover, accepted the role of Head of the Middle School. Mr. Shover served as the Head of the Middle School and then Head of the Lower School for over thirty years.

During much of this time her mother, Ruth A. Shover, served as a substitute teacher in the Lower School. Doris Ann’s sister, Barbara Shover Scherer, also attended CDS and graduated from Grosse Pointe University School (GPUS) in 1956.

In addition to enjoying the role that CDS played in the life of her family, Doris Ann made some of the closest friends and found some of her most meaningful mentors at the school. She still keeps in touch with classmates on a regular basis and remembers her teachers and coaches fondly.

Some CDS faculty members in particular have greatly influenced her life. Her English teacher, Dorothy Arms, inspired her lifelong interest in literature and writing. Her Art teacher, Miss Gaines, introduced her to various art media and theories of art. Doris Ann remembers vividly Country Day’s Art Room, located on the third floor. Today she has a studio in her house, which she calls the “Art Room”.

A middle school teacher and coach at CDS, Margaret Butch Lewis, a graduate of Wellesley College, was the mentor and role model who inspired Doris Ann to choose and graduated from Wellesley where she studied English and Art History. Doris Ann Shover married Wilber M. Brucker, Jr. only ten days after graduating from Wellesley.

They were great partners for fifty- two years, had three children, all of whom graduated from University Liggett School: Barbara “Bobbie” Brucker Triggs ’71, Wilber “Bill” Brucker III ’74 and Paul “Brad” Brucker ’79- Doris Ann now has four grandchildren.

Throughout the years, Doris Ann has been actively involved with University Liggett School, as the Vice President of the Alumni Association, a member of the Board of Trustees and as an active member of the Parents’ Association.

Today Doris Ann remains serious about art. She enjoys painting with acrylics on canvas and watercolors. She finds inspiration from nature, as well as from her photographs and abstract images. She has remained physically and intellectually active.

At CDS she played field hockey, lacrosse, softball, basketball and danced on the school lawn every May Day. Today she plays tennis and swims regularly. To her delight she has traveled around the world with her husband and now on her own visiting museums and art galleries, viewing the art works she studied in college.

In her community and state, she held assignments under Governors Romney and Milliken, worked extensively with the Junior League of Detroit, Friends of the Grosse Pointe Library, Grosse Pointe Farms and Garden Club, the Hilberry Theatre at Wayne State University where she has been involved since its 1964 inception.

She is a Stephen Minister and active at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church for over fifty years as an elder, trustee and council member.

She has volunteered Gallery Services at the Detroit Institute of Art for the past twelve years. We at University Liggett School are proud that Doris Ann credits her foundational development to Grosse Pointe Country Day School.

We are grateful for her community involvement and continued support of University Liggett School. She honors her parents by including the school in her estate plan, which will provide future students with exciting, far reaching educational experiences which in turn will enrich and inspire future generations.
The Legacy Circle

The Legacy Circle at University Liggett School represents a group of generous alumni, parents and friends who have made a gift in their estate plan establishing scholarships, providing special programs and building endowment. These gifts, large and small, have helped to shape superior academic experiences, nurtured outstanding teachers and enabled talented and motivated students to attend our School.

University Liggett School today has a foundation built on a history and tradition of excellence established by the faculty and students of The Liggett School, Detroit University School, Grosse Pointe Country Day School and Grosse Pointe University School.

Any gift made in an estate plan benefiting University Liggett School qualifies you to be a member of the Legacy Circle.
Your membership includes:
• Special recognition in school publications;
• Annual subscription to an exclusive online e-newsletter for Legacy Circle and Leadership Circle members;
• Invitations to special receptions and programs;
• An invitation to a reception held each Spring for Legacy Circle and Leadership Circle members.

LEGACY CIRCLE MEMBERS

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Barbara Carse Seichter ’50 LIG*
Bethine Whitney, ’67 GPUS
Bettye B. Reis, GPUS '69
Bruce D. Birgbauer '60 GPUS
Carole and Gottfried Eberhardt
Donna Marie Joity, GPUS ’65 and John F. Joity
Doris A. Brucker, CDS '47
Elizabeth Black '77
Ernest S. Kratzet, DUS '43
Heather Diehl '87 and Mr. J.F. Bierlein
James M. Jarosik, '77
Jennifer Bencie ‘80
Karin C, Ryding, LIG '60
Katherine Duff Rines, GPUS '67
Lore Moran Dodge ’68 GPUS
Margaret Van De Graaf Shannon, GPUS '63
Mary Louise Dyer, GPUS '55
Mary Warren '81
Robert and Elizabeth Shammas
Russell C. Poole '72
Steven K. Tait '71
Susan Stuckey Thoms, M.D. '66 LIG
William W. Shelden, GPUS '68

RECEIVED PLANNED GIFTS

A. June William
Aileen M. Fellowes
Albert H. Schmidt Foundation
Alexander C. Suczek, DUS '46
Alice Kales Hartwick
Anderson Family Fund
Ann L. Mason
Ann Park
Arthur R. Blyler
Bessie D. Warner
Charlotte B. Failing
Charlotte Benedict Smith
Della Upledger Ware
Dorothy M. Stevenson
Earl I. Heenan
Edna L. Root
Elinor Louise Devlin
Elise Morley Fink
Elixabeth Winsor Cady
Elizabeth A. Herdegen
Elizabeth Campau
Elizabeth H. Ferguson Trust
Elizabeth P. Hart
Elizabeth Russell Wheat
Emily Wickersham Stinchfield
Estate of Donald M. and Margaret D. Thurber
Estate of Mary Gene Oppermann
Estate of Serena Stevens
Ethel Watson Liggett
Etta Jean Craig
Evangeline Lewis
Flora M. Burt
Florence Eddy Browning
Florence L. Graham
Frances Danforth Huntington
Frances Eddy Curtis
Frederika R. Stolley
George H. Zinn
Gordon O. Sutton
Grace Whitney Hoff
Harold B. Wey
Helen E. Nurnberger
Helen F. Isham
Howard H. Seward Trust
J. H. Kay
John H. Dudley
Joseph G. Standart
Katharine Margaret Kay
Katharine Ogden
Katherine Knox
Kathleen Warner
Kathryn R. McLaughlin ’80
Laura Evans Ford Trust
Lillian May Kuhn
Loraine D. Reekie
Louise Fisher Hartwick
M.V. Milligan
Mabel H. Hawkins
Mabel Worcester Dudley
Margaret Campbell Usher
Margaret H. Watkins
Marianne Schwartz
Marilyn F. Gushée
Marjorie Manson Joy
Mary A. Preston
Mary Louise Drennen LIG '39
Mary P. Crane
Michael S. Litt and Sons
Philip T. Van Zile II
Phyllis Kettenhofen
Robert M. Drysdale, Jr.
Robert S. Marx
Robert S. Merriam
Ruth Clarke
Sally S. Hasse
Serena Murphy Moran
Stanley R. Day
Steven W. Robinson
Susan C. Crosier
Thelma Fox Murray
Thomas Giftos
Uarda Ashmore McNaughton
Virginia K. Jones
Walter E. Simmons
William and Nena E. Dahling, CDS ’50
William D. Laurie

The Development Team

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Kelly Hamilton

Head of School for External Relations

khamilton@uls.org

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Cressie Boggs

Director of Development

cboggs@uls.org

Katie Durno

Director of Alumni Relations

kdurno@uls.org

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Lauren Blue

Special Events Manager

lblue@uls.org

Trisha Shapiro

Annual Giving Manager

tshapiro@uls.org

GENEVIEVE VALIOT

Advancement Services Manager

gvaliot@uls.org

The Development Team

Kelley-Hamilton

Kelly Hamilton

Head of School for External Relations

khamilton@uls.org

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Cressie Boggs

Director of Development

cboggs@uls.org

Katie Durno

Director of Alumni Relations

kdurno@uls.org

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Lauren Blue

Special Events Manager

lblue@uls.org

Trisha Shapiro

Annual Giving Manager

tshapiro@uls.org

GENEVIEVE VALIOT

Advancement Services Manager

gvaliot@uls.org

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YOUR GIFT CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

To learn more about how your gift can make a difference contact Trisha Shapiro at 313.884.4444, Ext. 411

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