Mark and Nancy Peacock (pictured above, with cellist Chris Stenstrom) believe that live orchestral music is an amazing historical and cultural gift — one that must be vigilantly protected. So when they decided to make revisions to their estate planning in 2015, it was natural for them to include the Nashville Symphony as a beneficiary of their retirement accounts. “For us, legacy gifts make exceptional sense,” Mark says. “Our children are strong and independent. This allows us to make important organizations like the Nashville Symphony major beneficiaries of our estate.”
The Peacocks share the Nashville Symphony’s goal of providing the citizens of Middle Tennessee with barrier-free access to orchestral music. Their legacy gift will help to make this possible for future generations. “Institutions like the Nashville Symphony are here to preserve orchestral music so that this tradition can continue to be shared with generations of listeners,” Mark adds. “I like knowing that when we are gone and the gift is realized, it becomes part of the permanently restricted endowment, which will help to pay the musicians in our orchestra. They are the artists who bring the music to life!”
“Nancy and I have been extraordinarily blessed, and it is our moral imperative to share our gifts,” Mark concludes. “We hope that others in the community will join us and give generously and gratefully. Deferred giving is the perfect way for Nancy and me to make a lasting impression on our community long after we are gone.”
"Our favorite thing about the Nashville Symphony is how it has grown and yet remains so close to the audience. We feel as if we are being entertained by friends. But extremely talented friends. The Symphony’s Legacy program gives us the chance to help play an important part in the future of this outstanding institution. How wonderful to know that perhaps our contribution will allow a young child to develop musical ability; to allow an adult to forget the cares of his or her life for a few hours. We hope others will join us to perpetuate our outstanding musical heritage — to give back so those in the future will be able to enjoy it and sustain it."
Edria and David Ragosin, Legacy Society Members since 2010