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Rich and Judi Benimeli Donate to Mote First, Then Volunteer
Stingrays in the Aquarium – one of the favorite exhibits of the Benimelis
Rich and Judi Benimeli are different than other Mote donors. Usually folks learn about Mote's research and public education after becoming volunteers in the Aquarium, the Goldstein Marine Mammal Center, the Laboratory, the Education Center or in another Mote endeavor. They become impressed with the quality and dedication of all our staff members and their openness to the volunteers and then decide to include Mote in their will or trust agreement.
Maybe the Benimeli's backgrounds help explain why they did things the other way around. Rich and Judi are from New Jersey. They moved to Florida in December of 1994. Rich is a college graduate, with a master's degree in computer science. Judi worked in college administration in New Jersey and is now retired. Rich is an American-born son of a Spanish immigrant, whose family name is from the town of Benimeli on Spain's Mediterranean Coast. He is retired from his own computer company that specializes in program design and customized apps for small companies.
Rich and Judi are the kind of people who through education, life work and natural propensity are socially responsible, so it is no surprise that Mote's mission has also become their mission.
If you, too, believe that science leads the way to protect and sustain all marine life, you're a natural to become a member of the Mote Legacy Society. There are many ways to plan a gift to Mote Marine Laboratory, including a charitable remainder trust, which gives you a stream of income for life and leaves Mote a gift afterward.
To learn more, contact The Development Office at 941-388-4441, Ext. 309 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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 Mote 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 Mote as a lump sum.