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Helene and Howard Cohen

Helene and Howard Cohen

After more than 35 years of hard work building a successful commercial flooring business in New York City and the metro area, Helene B. and Howard S. Cohen made their way to Boca Raton, Florida. The Cohens decided to retire to the warmer weather in 2003 after a lung surgery made it difficult for Howard to take the cold winters.

Only settled in Boca Raton for less than a year, the Cohens were introduced to Boca Raton Regional Hospital when Howard had a medical episode that required hospitalization. Falling ill may have forced Helene and Howard to miss their planned cruise, but in the long run...it was a good thing. It was their hospital stay that brought them into our Debbie-Rand Memorial Service League volunteer auxiliary family.

As Helene explains, "We were so impressed by the attentiveness and caring manner of all the staff at the Hospital. From the nurses to the physicians to the dietary staff and of course the volunteers—you could tell they were happy to be part of Boca Regional. So, once Howard was feeling better, we decided to sign up as volunteers."

"That was 16 years ago that we started volunteering, and now this is a second home to us," Howard expresses. Volunteering two days a week at the reception desk and the radiation oncology department in the Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute (LCI), the Cohens agree, "We get more out of volunteering than we give...it feels very good to pay back to the community."

Boca Raton Regional Hospital feels just as fortunate to have the Cohens as part of our family. Not only are they dedicated members of the Debbie-Rand Memorial Service League, they are also generous donors to the Hospital. Helene and Howard make a generous gift every year to Boca Regional, yet Helene has always said that if they could ever give more...they would. And then, they did just that!

Recently, Helene and Howard agreed to make a substantial gift through a charitable gift annuity. A charitable gift annuity involves an agreement between you and the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation where you make a gift 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.

When not volunteering and giving back to the community, the Cohens are enjoying activities at The Club at Boca Pointe where they have been residents since they moved to Boca Raton 19 years ago. Now an avid golfer, Howard enjoys being able to walk a short distance from his house to the course. They also like to travel, attend the theater, dine out with friends, and listen to music.

We are so incredibly grateful for everything that Helene and Howard do for Boca Raton Regional Hospital. As volunteers, their contagious up-beat personalities deliver the warmth and comfort our patients need. The nurses, physicians, and clinical staff that work with the Cohens agree that they do an incredible job of putting smiles on people's faces, especially when they need it most.

To learn more about ways you, like the Cohens, can make an impact at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, contact Michael Indiviglio at mindiviglio@baptisthealth.net or 561-955-4142.

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation 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

"I give to the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 800 Meadows Road, Boca Raton, FL 33486, or its successor thereto, ______________ [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 the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation 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 the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation 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 the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation 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 the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation where you agree to make a gift to the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation 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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