Legacy giving offers a way to make a difference, far beyond the measure of one lifetime.


Your Legacy Promises a Healthier Future

The Columbia Memorial Health Foundation has established the Legacy Society to celebrate and thank individuals who have remembered Columbia Memorial Health by creating a lasting legacy in their estate plans. Through their generous support, Legacy Society members play a vital role in defining our future success and inspiring others to join a society of forward thinking, philanthropic supporters.

Join the Legacy Society

Informing us that you have included the Columbia Memorial Health Foundation in your plans gives us the opportunity to express our heartfelt gratitude and extend a small token of our appreciation, including:

  • Recognition in our newsletter, Connections
  • A complimentary subscription to our periodic newsletter on tax and estate planning
  • Invitations to estate planning and donor recognitions events as our special guests
  • A Legacy Society Lapel Pin

Even if you wish to remain anonymous, please let us know about your gift.

To include The Columbia Memorial Health Foundation in your bequest, complete the Estate Intention Form stating your confidential wishes. The agreement is non-binding and does not constitute a legal promise of any future donation to Columbia Memorial Health.

After consulting with your attorney or tax advisor, please return the completed form to:

The Columbia Memorial Health Foundation
71 Prospect Avenue, Hudson, NY 12534

If you have already included us in your will or living trust please let us know so we can recognize and thank you! Your gift may also remain anonymous.

Because of your generosity, Columbia Memorial Health will continue to provide exceptional healthcare services to you, your family and our community.

We extend our deep appreciation to those who share in our Mission “to provide our communities with safe, high-quality, comprehensive health care services in a dignified and compassionate manner.

Legacy Society gifts ensure our future and stand as a tribute to you for generations to come.

If you have questions, please contact Barbara Klassen, Executive Director at (518) 828-8362 or


We would love to share your story with our community of donors, express our appreciation for your generosity, and welcome you as a member of the Legacy Society.

“It is our goal to contribute to the success of the hospital ensuring we have safe, dependable, high quality care in our local community. We are extremely fortunate to have a facility like CMH in our neighborhood, and it is important to us that local care continues to be available for future generations.”

– Stephen and Marlena Nelson

As a native of Columbia County, a former employee of Columbia Memorial Health, and a current member of the CMH Tri-Village Auxiliary, I know how fortunate our community is to have quality healthcare provided by a compassionate family-oriented team at CMH.
My work in Staff Development for nine years coupled with four years in the Foundation office, offered me the opportunity to meet staff from all departments dedicated to their work, and countless volunteers and donors sharing their gifts of time and vital financial resources.
I am honored to name Columbia Memorial Health in my estate plans to help continue their good work for generations to come.

– Bonnie S. Newkirk

Legacy Society Members

Peter Jung
James M. Kingsbury
Deborah E. Lans
Stephen E. and Marlena M. Nelson
Bonnie S. Newkirk
Fran Reiter
Edwina Thorn
Jane Wood

Legacy Society in memory of…

Vita Barsky Abt
Deborah Addis
Fritzi Bellamy
George Benson
H. Jon Collins
Alfred M. Dunham
Myra Stern Ginsberg
Harold Glickman
Morris Glickman
Arthur Hammell
Charles Inman
James H. Laurie
Harold P. Morrill
Edward Humes Ross
Julia M. Ross
Frances G. Seymour
Craig Thorn, III
Jean Traver
Margaret VanBramer
M. Scott Wood
Herbert Zellhoefer