Lehman Today Online Magazine Lehman Today Spring 2016 - Page 42

A day with Prince at Lehman College Two Ways to Make a Lasting Gift Become a Part of History. Create a Legacy. Celebrate a graduation, highlight a special occasion, or remember a parent or loved one with a truly distinctive gift: a commemorative brick. Ever wonder how the wealthy make a charitable gift? Lehman College has set aside space along a new Alumni & Friends Walkway—in front of Shuster Hall—where your thoughtful gift will be seen throughout the year. Your contribution will support scholarships for the next generation of Lehman students, as well as College needs. A commemorative brick is the perfect way to celebrate the members of your class, club, or sports team. The College will set aside a special area for your group when you submit a minimum order for twenty bricks. Standard bricks (4 x 8 inches) are $130; large bricks (8 x 8 inches) are available for $250. Lehman Goes Crazy for Prince: (right) A shot of the musician in Purple Rain, the film that catapulted him to rock stardom; (below) the College’s newspaper, Meridian, documents the historic day at Lehman. Lehman College has a new gift opportunity for alumni 65 and over. It makes fixed, steady payments for a lifetime, and what remains is a gift to Lehman. It’s a Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA). Your CGA can make its lifetime payments to one or two people who are 65 or over. You can create one for: • Yourself • You and your spouse • Children • Parents • Siblings Help our College, our students, and our departments. Help your loved ones. Help yourself. Photo credit: Robert Matheu/Camera Press/Redux In 1985, Prince ruled the world, one third of the musical icon trifecta that included Madonna and Michael Jackson. The living legend, who was only 27-years-old at the time, was in the middle of his Purple Rain tour. And just four days before winning an Oscar for the film, he made an unannounced tour stop in the Bronx. On March 20, 1985, Prince came to the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts and put on a surprise, free show for two thousand deaf, blind, and handicapped children. The kids, students from public and private schools as well as United Cerebral Palsy centers in NYC, were treated to a rock-and-roll fantasy come true— without press, cameras, or teachers. It was also a great day for the musician. “He happens to get gratification out of playing for people who might not ever be able to attend a rock concert. It’s not a flagwaving affair,’” Prince’s spokesman told The New York Times. The world lost Prince this year when the singer passed away on April 21. Since his death, stories of his charity—often done anonymously or, in the case of Lehman, with no fanfare—have been shared. For the kids who attended the show, they won’t remember his charity as much as they’ll consider it the best day off from school ever. For a brochure on the brick program, or a simple, one-page description of the Charitable Gift Annuity, contact Fredrick Gilbert in the Lehman College Foundation at 718-960-8975 / fredrick.gilbert@lehman.cuny.edu —Ayana Byrd 40 Lehman Today Lehman Today 41