About Planned Giving

The Celebrity Series of Boston is Aaron Richmond’s personal legacy. In April 1938, the Boston impresario formally announced the creation of the Aaron Richmond Celebrity Series. He went on to run the organization for 27 years, and left a remarkable personal legacy of music, dance, and performing arts for our community. Thanks to Aaron Richmond’s vision and passion, audiences from Boston and beyond have experienced renowned artistic talent from around the world. Fittingly, our planned giving society is named in his honor.

If you share Aaron Richmond’s passion for performance arts in Boston, and would like to leave your own legacy of artistic excellence for future generations, please consider making a planned gift and joining The Aaron Richmond Legacy Society.



Celebrity Series is honored to recognize individuals who share our founder’s passion for live performing arts in Boston. Werecognize the members of the Aaron Richmond Legacy Society inseveral special ways, including listings in:

  • Recognition in performance program
  • Recognition in BRAVO! Annual Magazine
  • Recognition in Aaron Richmond Legacy Society plaque at Celebrity Series’ main office
  • Invitation to attend annual leadership luncheon
  • Priority Seating & Ticketing Services
Tax Advantages

Donors who decide to participate in planned giving to the Celebrity Series will receive income and capital gains tax relief depending on the specifics of the gift they allocate.

Priority Seating

Members of the Aaron Richmond Legacy Society also receive concierge ticket services and priority seating throughout the main stage season.


There are many different types of planned gifts including bequests, life income plans, charitable lead trusts, and retirement plans. All assets, including cash, securities, real estate and tangible personal property, may be transferred to the Celebrity Series of Boston through your estate.


The most popular planned gift is a bequest. This is a powerful expression of your commitment to our organization the future of the performing arts in the city. You can add a bequest to your estate plans simply by including the following sample language as a clause in your will or trust, and alerting the Celebrity Series Advancement team about its inclusion.

Sample Bequest Clause: I give [Amount in Words] dollars ($__________) OR percent (_____%) of the residue of my estate to the Celebrity Series of Boston, a performing arts charitable organization located at 20 Park Plaza, Suite 1032 in Boston, for the benefit of its general purposes.

IRA Charitable Rollover:

If you are 70 ½ and are required to make annual withdrawals from an IRA account, you can make a tax-free transfer to Celebrity Series. A qualified charitable deduction can count towards your required minimum distribution (RMD) and will be excluded from your taxable income.

You can transfer up to $100,000 to charity tax-free from your IRA each year. Fidelity account holders can click here to access the distribution form online.


Alec Bleday

Major Gifts Officer