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You are invited to lunch!

By Rachel Chesser

Update: This event will be re-scheduled for the fall.

Please join me for lunch on Tuesday, June 12th for the first in a series of free workshops exploring how you can easily incorporate charitable giving into your estate plans. We’ll enjoy lunch together, have a lively discussion with the always-charming SCETV Commissioner Elise Bidwell and take a tour of the SCETV studios that will be chock-full of glimpses behind the scenes.

Since I hope we will be having lunch together soon, I should introduce myself. My name is Rachel Chesser and I am the ETV Endowment’s new Planned Giving Officer. I am so excited about this new role for two reasons. First, it is my absolute joy to work with our members, viewers and listeners who feel as passionately about public media programming as I do! Shows on SCETV and South Carolina Public Radio are an integral part of my life because these programs never fail to entertain, educate and inspire me. Whether I’m learning a new facet of South Carolina history from Walter Edgar’s Journal, giggling along with my kids to Odd Squad or getting caught up in the latest dramatic episode of Victoria with my husband, public media programs have been important to me since I started watching Sesame Street as a kid in the ‘70s. I feel so fortunate to work with members who share this same passion. (pictured: Rachel (left) with NPR’s Cokie Roberts)

The second reason I am excited  about my new role in planned giving is that anyone can have the capacity to make a meaningful impact on their community through a planned, or estate, gift without affecting their current lifestyle. I think you will be surprised at how simple it is, even for those of us of modest means, to make a meaningful gift to the causes we care about.  If you ever ask yourself:

  • “What kind of legacy do I want to leave?”
  • “How can I give back to my community in a meaningful way?”
  • “After providing for my family, how can I include charities in my plans?”
  • or even, “What are some tax-wise ways that I can support my favorite causes?”

then I encourage you to attend this workshop and explore your options. It is never too early or too late to make or update your plans. Here is what you need to know about the workshop:

Planned Giving Workshop
Tuesday, June 12
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
SCETV Telecommunications Center
1041 George Rogers Blvd
Columbia, SC 29201
RSVP by Friday, June 8. Early registration is recommended; space is limited

Elise Bidwell, CFP, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones and SCETV Commissioner, will discuss simple strategies for making the most of your assets, be they complicated or modest, to help reach your philanthropic goals.  She will answer any questions you have and will also share tips for tax-smart charitable giving that you can implement immediately.

We will share information about the ETV Endowment’s Legacy Society and the tremendous impact our members have on programming in South Carolina. After the workshop, you are invited take a behind-the-scenes tour of the SCETV and SC Public Radio facilities for a peek at the studios where your favorite local shows, like Sonatas and Soundscapes and Carolina Stories, are produced. Lunch will be provided.

I hope to see you there! Questions? Please email me or call 877-253-2092

Rachel Chesser​
Planned Giving Officer