Donor Spotlight

In 2018, Bonnie Lasky made a planned gift to Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center on behalf of her late husband, Henry. Her generosity will allow future generations to enjoy the gift of live performance in Sonoma County.

Bonnie’s involvement with the Green Music Center commenced long before Weill Hall’s debut concert in 2012. When she and Henry heard about the idea for building a new performing arts center at Sonoma State, they immediately became enchanted and offered their support.

Bonnie’s excitement stemmed in part from a love of music as a child, when she lived in Europe with her family. As her father was an Air Force pilot, she had the opportunity to live in several countries where she developed an appreciation for a variety of genres, particularly western classical music. Later in life, she and Henry became patrons of both the San Francisco and Santa Rosa symphony orchestras.

Bonnie believes the Green Music Center is making a major impact in our region. “I think humanity is built on the arts,” she said. “The Green Music Center is an important gift to our community, not only because of its architectural beauty, craftsmanship and acoustics, but also it brings unique opportunities for enriching our students’ educational experience.”

Bonnie’s new philanthropic focus is to ensure the Green Music Center is maintained and that our doors stay open—now and for many years to come. “As many supporters of arts organizations know, ticket sales don’t come close to covering costs. It’s imperative that we all help.”

With this goal in mind, and to honor Henry’s memory, Bonnie generously established an endowment fund through an estate bequest. The gift will be divided between the Green Music Center and the Osher Lifelong Learning Center (OLLI), a learning community for older adults at Sonoma State.

“Gifts like Bonnie’s are critical to the future of the Green Music Center,” said Marge Limbert, Senior Director of Development. “It is very easy for individuals to make the largest gift of their lives through their estate, and I love helping in the process. It’s fun getting to know people who are so dedicated to music and culture in Sonoma County. Our planned giving donors become members of our Nichols Society as a way of becoming intimately acquainted with the institution they choose to support with a lifetime gift.”

Bonnie’s gift will make a tangible and longlasting impact in Henry’s name. “What you give to others lives on forever,” she said. “My husband loved the Green Music Center and OLLI. This endowment in his name makes these great organizations available to others for years to come. Being able to make this contribution has been one of the highlights of my life.”

“I encourage you to consider joining me in making a planned gift. Your support will ensure that you and your loved ones and the whole community can continue to experience the magic of music and its impact on our lives,” Bonnie added.

The Green Music Center family is very grateful to Bonnie for her generous gift, and for choosing to honor Henry through an estate gift. If you would like to join Bonnie and learn more about making a planned gift to the Green Music Center, please contact Marge Limbert at (707) 664-3814.