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Spring 2006

Santa Monica Friends Establish Legacy Close to Home

When Dina and Louis Sneh of Santa Monica decided to support future generations of patients with their philanthropy, they didn't have to look far for inspiration. Dr. Ulrich Batzdorf, professor emeritus, director of spinal neurosurgery, a member of UCLA's Comprehensive Spine Center, and Dina's doctor for 15 years, had relieved her pain from a spinal tumor. "We were grateful to Dr. Batzdorf and to everyone in neurosurgery," say the Snehs. "There was no question that this was where we wanted to make a difference."

In Dr. Batzdorf, the Snehs found a world-class neurosurgeon and researcher in spinal cord tumors, who was extraordinarily dedicated to their well-being. "He is a wonderful doctor and a giving person," say the Snehs. "A gift to advance his work and the work of physicians like him was the right thing to do." The Snehs chose to make their commitment through a gift planning arrangement known as a charitable gift annuity. The annuity allows the Snehs to receive an annual, fixed, lifetime income. They also enjoyed an immediate income tax charitable deduction.

But the Snehs are quick to point out that these advantages pale in comparison to knowing they are helping to advance important research in spinal neurosurgery. "We wanted to be able to help others the way Dr. Batzdorf helped us," Dina says. Louis adds, "UCLA medicine is an important resource for our community. We want to support that, and encourage others to support it as well."
To learn more about charitable gift annuities and other life income gift arrangements, please call Judith Pillon in the UCLA Office of Gift Planning at 1-800-737-8252.

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